Regional Development Australia (RDA) offices will shortly commence assisting NSW Treasury to administer NSW nominations for the subclass 491 visa.
Under this new arrangement, each RDA will nominate the skilled occupations for their designated regions (within DoHA and NSW Treasury guidelines) and accept and assess nomination applications.
Nomination Criteria for a 491 visa in NSW will remain consistent across all regions, however the application process, eligible skilled occupations, including any additional requirements for some occupations, will vary by region.
Please note that as a result of COVID-19 and significant reductions in Australia’s Migration Program Planning Levels, the chances of being nominated are currently low and you must meet the published nomination criteria to apply.
Below are the steps to apply for a 491 visa nomination.
Steps to apply for a 491 visa nomination
Check Eligibility Criteria
First check if you are eligible to apply for nomination for a 491 Skilled Work Regional Visa through one of the following three streams:
Check the Occupation List
Get to know the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury regions
As part of receiving a nomination from the NSW Government, applicants commit to live and work in NSW for the first two years of their visa. According to visa regulations, the applicant must have a genuine commitment to live and work in the nominating state.
Link to Hawkesbury map:
Complete your application form and documentation
Make a Payment for your Application Assessment
Submit Your Application
Await the Outcome of Your Application