Frequently Asked Questions

Selecting a visa and the associated application process can be a daunting process, so we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions.

 

While our staff are happy to answer any questions you may have, please ensure you have read through these questions and the corresponding answers before contacting us. Our staff resources are limited, so the more time we spend on the phone and replying to emails, the less time we can spend assessing applications, and in turn the longer it is for everyone to receive their outcomes.

Why is RDA Sydney not accepting offshore applications?

RDA Sydney will not be accepting offshore applications under stream 3b and 3c until further notice. This is due to the request from the Australian Government to prioritise on-shore applicants and the national border restrictions because of COVID-19. This will be reviewed in April and no exceptions can be made.

What is the employment requirement under Stream 1?

An applicant must have worked in their nominated, or closely related, occupation for the 12 months immediately preceding their application in regional NSW. The employment must qualify as skilled employment under the Home Affairs points scheme, i.e., a minimum of 20 hours per week. The employment does not need to be located in the region being applied to.

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