The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is a provisional points-tested visa that allows skilled workers and their families to live, study and work in designated regional areas of Australia for a period of 5 years.
NSW Treasury nominates eligible highly skilled workers for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) to drive economic growth in regional NSW.
NSW Government are now accepting applications for NSW nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).
Applications must be received by 5pm Friday, 26 June 2020.
If you do not meet all of these requirements you are not able to apply for NSW nomination. Applications that do not meet these requirements will be declined. The NSW nomination fee is not refundable.
You can apply for NSW nomination if you meet all of following requirements outlined below:
There is no minimum time-frame for how long you have been residing in regional NSW, however you must be able to demonstrate your place of residence through evidence. Information on what evidence is required is included in our application form.
You must be aged under 45 when we nominate you to apply for the visa.
When you submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect you will be given a points score based on the claims you have made. If you do not obtain a score of at least 65 points, you are not eligible to be invited to apply for NSW nomination.
You must provide evidence supporting your points claims with your application to NSW.
To see how points are awarded, please refer to the points calculator.
At the time of applying to NSW, you must have at least competent English.
If you are a citizen of the USA, UK, Canada, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand, you are not required to complete an English language test.
You must hold a valid skills assessment in an occupation that exactly matches one that appears on the NSW Regional Skilled Occupation List.
You must commit to living and working in a designated regional area of NSW for the duration of your visa.
Before applying for NSW nomination, you must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect, the Home Affairs’ online registration system, nominating NSW as your preferred state.
The date that your EOI was submitted has no impact on your application. Read more about SkillSelect.
You will be provided with a unique number after submitting your EOI in SkillSelect. You must include this number with your application to NSW.
All claims made in your EOI must be accurate and current. You are required to provide evidence for all claims in your EOI with your application to NSW. This includes where you currently reside and your skilled employment history (if applicable).
If you are asked for further documentation relating to your application, you will need to provide it within 14 calendar days to enable our assessment team to consider it. Otherwise, your application may be refused.
NSW nomination fees are payable via the link below using Visa or MasterCard. Application fees are non-refundable.
After completing your online payment, you will be sent your receipt by email to the address entered during the payment step. You must provide a copy of this receipt with your application.
After you have submitted your application to NSW, you will receive an email from NSW Treasury acknowledging your application has been received.
Please do not contact us for an update on your application.
Please do not write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails that are not applications to this address will be deleted.
NSW nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is just one of a number of visa options for prospective skilled migrants. There is a range of visas offered by Home Affairs, including both temporary and permanent employer nominated visas.
You may also wish to seek advice from a registered migration agent. A list of registered migration agents is available on the Migration Agents Registration Authority website.