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NSW Skilled Visa Program Reopens

The Government of New South Wales has reopened its skilled migration program.

According to information received by ImmiUpdates, NSW has issued invitations to apply for subclass 190 visa nominations on Thursday 25 February. The majority of the invitations were extended to candidates in IT occupations and Nurses with at least 90 points.

NSW Treasury has issued the following notice regarding its skilled migration program:

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

The process for applying for NSW nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) remains the same, with invitations sent periodically to selected candidates.

For all information on NSW nomination for this visa, visit their subclass 190 visa website.

Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)

Regional Development Australia (RDA) offices have commenced, or will soon commence, accepting and assessing applications for nomination. A list with the participating RDAs can be found on NSW's subclass 491 visa website.

Nomination criteria is consistent across all regions. Information about how to apply can be found on the respective RDA website.

Section 48 Bar

​The section 48 bar applies to applicants who are holding a bridging visa, and have had a visa refused or cancelled, since their last entry into Australia. If you are subject to a section 48 bar you need to leave Australia before you can reapply for a visa.

NSW will not renominate applicants who are subject to a section 48 bar where their nomination has expired, and they are unable to leave Australia.

Nomination allocations provided by the Department of Home Affairs are limited and it is currently uncertain when border restrictions will be lifted. To ensure the limited nomination positions allocated to NSW go to support the economic recovery of the state, NSW will not renominate applicants subject to a section 48 bar.

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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 fulfill their Australian dream.


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