Visa and nomination

Announcement - Office hours for holiday period

Our office will close from Monday 25 December 2017 for the holiday period. Our phone and email enquiry contact points will be closed during this period. We will reopen on Monday 8 January 2018.

NSW is open for business

New South Wales (NSW) welcomes skilled and business migrants, returning expatriates and people from other states and territories to Sydney and regional NSW. NSW is Australia's economic powerhouse and among the most competitive business locations in the Asia Pacific region.

  • Sydney is the third largest financial centre in the region, offering great career opportunities in a range of fields.
  • NSW has 40% of Australia's ICT employment. Specialist ICT businesses employ almost 100,000 people.
  • NSW is home to 80% of the multinational pharmaceutical companies in the country.

NSW offers great career opportunities for professionals, businesses and investor migrants in these and many other industries.

People living in NSW enjoy a very high quality of life. Sydney is renowned for having the best quality of living standards of any major Australian city according to the 2015 Quality of Living index compiled by Mercer Human Resource Consulting. Read more about living in NSW.

NSW Migration Strategy – supporting the NSW economy

The NSW Business and Skilled Migration Program supports the NSW economy by attracting skilled, business and investor migrants to NSW and nominating them to the federal government for a visa.

There is no better time to make the move and take advantage of the abundant opportunities available in NSW.

Read more about our state nomination migration program and various visas.

The federal government's Department of Immigration and Border Protection has the sole responsibility for granting visas to enter or stay in Australia. The Australian Government is responsible for all health, character, source of funds and security checking on visas applications.

Consider regional NSW

The regions of NSW offer many similar work opportunities, lifestyle benefits and services to those in major cities.

  • 2.6 million people live in regional NSW
  • They enjoy a diverse range of  climates from tropical to alpine climates
  • NSW regional cities provide full amenities and facilities
  • Housing affordability is good

Apply to migrate to regional NSW

NSW welcomes applications from suitable skilled individuals for nomination under the Skilled – Nominated (subclass 489) visa. Eligible applicants for this visa will receive 10 points for their commitment to live and work in a designated regional area of NSW.

For information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please refer to NSW skilled regional nominated migration.