NSW uses a selection-based invitation process to ensure that NSW nominees are aligned to the skills needs of the state's economy. You cannot directly apply. NSW nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is highly competitive due to the high demand, and the limited number of places available. Consequently, it is strongly recommended you consider all migration pathways and visa options available.
To receive nomination for a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa, you must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:
- Skill set point score: You must be eligible to claim at least 65 points in your SkillSelect EOI.
- Age: You must be under 45 years of age to apply for the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa.
- English language: You must have at least a competent level of English (or equivalent).If you are a citizen of the USA, UK, Canada, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand you are not required to complete an English assessment.
- Residency : You must be currently residing in NSW. NSW will not invite EOIs submitted from people currently residing in another Australian state or territory, or offshore.Although there is no minimum timeframe, you must be able to demonstrate you are genuinely residing in NSW if invited to apply. Please see our skilled visa FAQs website for more information about this requirement.
- Occupation and employment: You must hold a valid skills assessment in an occupation that exactly matches an occupation on the NSW subclass 190 visa occupation list. You are not required to be currently, or previously, employed in NSW in your occupation to be eligible for NSW nomination.