Common questions about the Subclass 491 visa NSW Nomination process.

Zhanna Heenan

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Are you considering migrating to New South Wales through the Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)? Heenan & Browne Visa and Migration Services can assist you in this journey. In this post, we answer some common questions about the Subclass 491 NSW Nomination process.

NSW Nomination in a nutshell:

NSW nomination opens doors for skilled migrants to live, work, and study in designated regional areas for a 5-year period. There are two pathways to NSW nomination:

  1. Pathway 1: Apply directly to Investment NSW if you have a work history with a regional NSW-based employer.

If applying under ‘Pathway 1,’ you must have 12 months of continuous living and working in a designated regional area of NSW. Your skilled employment must meet specific criteria, including a minimum salary level.

  1. Pathway 2: Be invited to apply by Investment NSW (Note: This pathway is highly competitive).

What basic criteria do I need to meet to be considered for NSW nomination?

– Visa eligibility. You must meet legislative requirements for the grant of a Subclass 491 visa.

– Valid skills assessment in an occupation on the eligible skilled occupation list.

– Residency in NSW for a minimum of three months or offshore residency for the same period.

What are the important factors to consider before submitting an EOI for NSW nomination?

– EOI must remain valid throughout the assessment period.

– No changes can be made after applying under ‘Pathway 1’ or being invited under ‘Pathway 2.’

– Your EOI must be exclusively for subclass 491 and seeking nomination from NSW only.

What are the key steps for securing NSW Nomination?

For ‘Pathway 1’:

  1. Check eligibility.
  2. Submit EOI in SkillSelect.
  3. Apply for nomination online.
  4. Wait for assessment (typically within six weeks).

For ‘Pathway 2’:

  1. Check eligibility.
  2. Submit EOI in SkillSelect.
  3. Be invited to apply.
  4. Respond promptly within 14 days with valid documents.
  5. Wait for assessment (typically within six weeks).

How often do NSW nomination invitation rounds take place?

– Occur throughout the financial year.

How can I improve my chances of being invited to apply for  NSW Nomination?

– Factors considered include points score, English language proficiency, and work experience.

– NSW targets occupations in key sectors: health, education, ICT, infrastructure, and agriculture.

What are the main reasons why NSW nomination applications get declined?

– Failure to meet residency requirements.

– Incorrect skilled employment claims.

– Lack of evidence for claimed points.

Are there alternative visa pathways in NSW?

Yes, it is definitely a good idea to consider other visa options, such as a subclass 190 sponsored by NSW. You can also explore your options in other states of Australia. Professional guidance from Heenan & Browne can enhance your chances of successful migration.

Embark on your migration journey with confidence. Book a consultation with Heenan & Browne Visa and Migration Services today for expert assistance.



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