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NSW Skilled Migration Program Reopens with a Sector-Focused Approach

The Skilled Migration program of New South Wales (NSW) has reopened, with significant changes to its nomination criteria. The resumption follows a noticeable reduction in Skilled visa nomination allocations for all States and Territories.

A Shift in Approach

In a move aimed at more effectively addressing skills shortages across NSW, the traditional approach of relying on specific ANZSCO unit groups for eligibility is being replaced. Instead, NSW is adopting a sector-focused strategy.

Priority Sectors

NSW has identified key sectors that require skilled talent to foster growth and development in the State's economy. These sectors include:

  1. Health

  2. Education

  3. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

  4. Infrastructure

  5. Agriculture

While these sectors will take precedence in the coming program year, high-ranking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from non-priority sectors may also be considered. Due to limited places and high demand, NSW encourages individuals seeking a nomination to explore alternative migration options.

Skilled Invitation Rounds

Invitation rounds continue to be a critical part of the NSW nomination process. Here's what you need to know:

  • Timing: Same as in previous years, invitation rounds will occur throughout the financial year. Specific dates won't be publicly announced.

  • Selection: NSW evaluates various factors when selecting EOIs, including points score, English language proficiency, and skilled work experience. Priority will be given to EOIs submitted in the NSW Priority Sectors mentioned above.

  • Invitation: It's essential to understand that the decision to invite for NSW nomination rests solely with the NSW Government.

  • Submission Date: The timing of EOI submission or amendments has no bearing on the likelihood of receiving an invitation.

Subclass 190 Visas

NSW intends to commence invitation rounds for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) next week.

Subclass 491 visas

Regional development remains a priority in NSW. The regional skilled migration program aims to assist businesses in regional NSW in attracting qualified talent. Details regarding the reopening of this program will be provided after the finalization of applications from the previous financial year.

For personalized advice and guidance on NSW's skilled migration program or any other immigration matters, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to assist you with the latest information and expert assistance.

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Elan Rysher is a Registered Migration Agent and Qualified Student Counsellor. He is the main Writer for ImmiUpdates and the founder of Rysher Migration. Elan has many years of experience working in immigration, finance and health. Being a former migrant himself, Elan is passionate about helping others fulfil their Australian dream.


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