Skilled regional nominated migration (489)
The skilled regional nominated (489) visa is a provisional skilled visa that allows you to live and work in regional New South Wales for up to four years.
This visa provides a pathway to permanent residence. If you hold this visa and live for at least two years and work for at least one year in a specified region of NSW, you may be eligible to apply for a permanent visa at a later stage.
The Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs has announced changes to the skilled regional nominated (489) visa will likely occur in 2019.
Please continue to review both the NSW Government and Department of Home Affairs websites for further information as it becomes available.
Participating NSW regions
NSW Department of Industry works in partnership with participating Regional Development Authorities (RDA) committees in NSW to deliver the 489 program.
Under this arrangement, NSW RDAs that choose to participate in the 489 program can select and nominate candidates whose skills are needed in their region.
Participating regions determine their own list of eligible occupations as well as any additional eligibility criteria.
There are currently nine regions participating in NSW's 489 program:
- Central West
- Far South Coast
- Mid North Coast
- Northern Inland
- Northern Rivers
- Southern Inland
Hunter and Illawarra regions may participate in NSW's regional migration programs in 2019-20.
For detailed information on the eligibility criteria and application process, please check the website of the relevant region.
To apply for the 489 visa, candidates must:
- Meet the minimum Department of Home Affairs criteria for the 489 visa
- Be suitably skilled in an occupation on the NSW 489 Skilled Occupation List
- Apply directly to the relevant NSW RDA and meet any additional criteria set by that region
- Have successfully obtained 489 nomination from the participating RDA
- Agree to live and work in the region that nominated you.
How to apply
- Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect.
Ensure that you meet the 489 visa criteria.
- Apply to the relevant NSW RDA for nomination and wait for the outcome.
Ensure that you meet the participating RDA's 489 nomination criteria.
- If you are nominated by NSW, apply for the visa to the Department of Home Affairs.
- If your visa is granted, move to your nominating region in NSW and commence your commitment to live and work in the region.
Some RDAs’ nomination processes may include an initial expression of interest step, which may attract an upfront, non-refundable fee. Please check the relevant RDA website listed above for more details. Please note that this is NOT the same EOI in SkillSelect detailed above in point 1.
The RDA expression of interest step has been established by some RDAs to assist in selecting the most suitable applicants for nomination consideration. It is not an application for nomination and it does not guarantee a successful outcome.
Whilst the NSW Government does not endorse the RDA expression of interest step, each RDA has the ability to manage its own delivery of the 489 program. The NSW Government strongly encourages all potential applicants to seek specialist advice from a registered migration agent prior to completing in an expression of interest step with a RDA.
For more information on opportunities for living and working in regional NSW please visit Regional NSW.