NSW is introducing a selection-based invitation process in 2015. This will be implemented from February 2015 onwards.

Under the selection and invitation process for the 190 program, prospective candidates can only apply for NSW nomination if they have been selected from SkillSelect and invited by NSW Trade & Investment.

NSW will be sourcing and selecting candidates who have submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect and indicated that they wish to be considered for NSW nomination for a 190 visa.

The selection process will be competitive. NSW will rank candidates based on core criteria which is: firstly, a candidate’s DIBP points score, then their English ability, and then their skilled employment. Where candidates score the same on these core criteria at time of selection, they will be further ranked based on the date and time that their EOI was submitted in SkillSelect.

The top-ranking candidates will be the first to be invited to apply and NSW will determine how many invitations are issued on an ongoing basis.

Visit NSW Skilled Occupation Lists for occupations that are eligible for NSW nomination.

Key steps for candidates

To be considered for selection for NSW nomination, candidates simply need to submit an EOI in SkillSelect choosing NSW for 190 nomination. Between February and June 2015, NSW Trade & Investment will be selecting and inviting candidates to apply.
Candidates who are invited to apply for NSW nomination will receive an invitation by email and will have 14 days to apply for nomination.

1.Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)- Ensure that you meet 190 visa criteria
– Submit an EOI in SkillSelect
– Indicate interest for NSW nomination for a 190 visa

2.If selected, you will receive a NSW invitation to apply for nomination
– Invitations will be sent by email
– Candidates must submit an online application within 14 days of receiving the invitation to apply

3.Apply for NSW nomination and wait for the outcome
– NSW nomination applications usually take 12 weeks to process

4.If nominated, you will receive a SkillSelect invitation to apply for the 190 visa

5.Apply for the 190 visa to Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)
– Lodge a visa application within 60 days of being nominated by NSW

6.DIBP will advise you of the decision on your visa application

7.If your visa is granted, move to NSW and commence your two year commitment to live and work in NSW