New South Wales (NSW)

New South Wales is situated on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, South Australia to the west and surrounds the whole of the Australian Capital Territory and it accounts for 10% percent of the total land area of Australia (800 642 km2).

The estimated population of NSW is 7.5 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population live in the Greater Sydney area. NSW capital city is Sydney, which is also the nation's most populous city, has a population of 4,757,00. The other major residential areas are Newcastle with a population of 546,000, the Central Coast area with 321,000 and Wollongong with 207,000.


Sydney surrounds one of the world’s largest natural harbours. Its residents are known as "Sydneysiders" and constitute the most multicultural city in Australia and one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Sydney has an advanced market economy with strengths in finance, manufacturing, and tourism which attracts millions of visitors each year to see the city's landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and the Sydney Opera House.


Skilled Nominated or Skilled Regional visas offer a pathway to Australia if you cannot achieve sufficient points required for a Skilled Independent visa. You must submit an application through SkillSelect which is the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) online visa application system. Once you have received a positive skills assessment from an Australian assessing authority and by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) you can generate points for:

  •   Your age
  •   Recognised qualifications
  •   Employment
  •   English language skills
  •   Being nominated by a state or territory government
  •   Partner skills
  •   Study in Australia
  •   Specialist education qualifications
  •   Accredited language skills
  •   Professional year in Australia

NSW Skilled Nominated and Regional Visa Programmes

NSW runs the Skilled Nominated and Skilled Regional Nominated migration programmes in order to attract highly skilled people in a range of occupations to contribute to NSW skills needs and help drive economic growth. NSW publishes its own list of occupations available for nomination and will issue invitations based on your overall commitment to residing in NSW, the number of years work experience, specialised skills, employability, English language skills, relatives already residing in NSW, settlement funds and the number of points you have scored. Applicants nominated by NSW must:

  •    Have a positive skills assessment;
  •    Satisfy the points test;
  •    Be under 45 years of age at the time of invitation;
  •    Have competent English;
  •    Submit an Expression of Interest via SkillSelect;
  •    Be nominated by the NSW government;
  •    Be invited by the DHA to apply for a subclass 190 or 491 visa for Australia;
  •    Satisfy health and character requirements. 

Skilled Nominated - Subclass 190

Due to an ongoing high demand and to ensure that places allocated under the programme are aligned to the skills needs of the state's economy, NSW has a selection-based invitation process for the 190 programme. Under this process, NSW selects and invites the most suitable applicants from SkillSelect to apply for NSW nomination. Applicants are selected from the DHA SkillSelect database. NSW Department of Industry selects and invites the highest-ranking applicants in eligible occupations on an ongoing basis. There is no set time frame to expect an invitation after submitting an EOI and invitations are not guaranteed as the selection process is highly competitive, with applicants ranked in the following order:

  1. Occupation
  2. Australian DHA points score
  3. English language ability
  4. Skilled employment

Where applicants have the same ranking on the above criteria at the time of selection, they will be further ranked based on the date and time that their points were last updated in SkillSelect. The claims in your NSW nomination including points and occupation must match what was in your SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI) at the time NSW invited you to apply. 

Skilled Regional Work Visa - Subclass 491

This new visa subclass will come into effect on 16 November 2019. To qualify for this visa, you and family members included in your application must be prepared to live, work and study in regional NSW for a minimum period of 3 years - (anywhere other than the metropolitan area of Sydney).

As places are likely to be extremely competitive, Concept Australia recommends that you start the process as soon as possible so that you are ready to lodge an EOI once the visa class opens in November.

The DHA has allocated a total of 14,000 places for this subclass and has introduced a ranking system for an invitation to apply for a visa as follows:

  1. Applicant with a skilled partner or applicants without a partner;
  2. Applicant with a partner with Competent English (but does not have a skills assessment);
  3. Applicant with a partner who is ineligible for either competent English or skilled partner points.

Pathway to permanent residence

After 3 years of having lived, worked/studied in regional NSW, you can apply for permanent residence (subclass 191 - Skilled Regional) but must have complied with all the conditions of your visa including evidence of taxable income (yet to be announced).

Initial Consultations

It is easy through research to become overloaded with information, which is difficult to interpret leaving you with many questions unanswered. Before you start out on your visa journey it makes sense to discuss your plans in detail with a MARA Registered Migration Agent. MARA monitor the conduct of registered agents to ensure that only the highest level of advice and assistance is provided to prospective applicants. To achieve this, MARA agents must subscribe to the same regulations used by DHA case officers and undertake professional development on an annual basis.

Consultation fee

A fee of £95 + VAT is charged by Concept Australia and during the consultation we will discuss your visa options in detail and provide clear constructive advice on the visa process to enable you to make an informed judgement regarding your future migration plans. The appointment will also provide you with an opportunity to ask key questions that you may not have found answers to during your research. There is no obligation to engage Concept Australia as your MARA agent but, if you do decide to appoint us to represent you, the consultation fee will be deducted from the first stage of our fee.

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SkillSelect – Invitation rounds

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