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NSW 190 program for 2023-24

NSW has announced its eligibility criteria for nomination under the subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa. There have been some significant changes to its program for 2023-24. It is also important to note that the allocation of places for the 190 program has been significantly decreased. NSW has only 2,650 places available for 2023-24, making the program highly competitive.

The basic eligibility is relatively broad for NSW:

- You meet all visa requirements outlined by the Department of Home Affairs

- You have a valid skills assessment in an occupation on the eligible skilled occupation list, and

- You are either residing in NSW and have done for at least 6 months, or you are residing offshore and have done for at least 6 months.


However, importantly NSW has announced that it will prioritise Expressions of Interest (EOIs) in occupations that fall under certain key industry sectors – namely health, education, ICT and infrastructure. There is no list of specific occupations which are considered to fall within these sectors.


While EOIs can be lodged in occupations outside these sectors NSW states:


"High-ranking EOIs in occupations outside of the NSW target sectors may be considered during invitation rounds; however, it's crucial to understand that the odds of receiving an invitation are exceptionally low due to high demand and limited spots. Therefore, we strongly recommend exploring all other migration pathways and not relying solely on a potential invitation from NSW."


In addition, to be eligible for NSW nomination, an applicant’s EOI must be for one visa only and for NSW only. If applicants are wishing to nomination more than one visa or state then they must submit multiple EOIs.


Further details of the program can be found at: Details of the program can be found at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/visas-and-migration/skilled-visas/skilled-nominated-visa-subclass-190


This offers a potential pathway for applicants not otherwise eligible for permanent residence under employer sponsored or independent skilled programs. However, it is a highly competitive process and applicants should seek advice on their specific situation.

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