NSW Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) requirements

Update: The August 491 submission window has closed- If you submitted a valid ROI during the month of August, you may be invited to apply for NSW nomination up to 07 September 2021.

If you do not receive an invitation from the August submission window, you must re-register your interest in NSW nomination in each following submission window you wish to be considered in.

The next submission window is the month of October 2021, i.e. from 01 October to 31 October 2021. Later submission windows are the months of January and March 2022.

The 491 visa is a provisional visa for skilled workers. The NSW Government can nominate eligible skilled applicants who will commit to working in critical sectors in regional New South Wales.

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) allows skilled migrants to live, study and work in designated regional areas for a period of 5 years.

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Under this new arrangement, each RDA will be responsible for setting their own eligible skilled occupations for nomination (within DoHA and NSW Treasury guidelines) and accepting and assessing nomination applications.

Nomination Criteria for a 491 visa in NSW will remain consistent across all regions and can be found below. Individual RDAs may have some Additional Criteria requirements for some occupations.

NSW 491 visa Nomination criteria

You must meet the all criteria in one of the three following three streams to be eligible for NSW nomination:

  1. Living and working in regional NSW;
  2. recently completed study in regional NSW; or
  3. living and working outside of a designated regional postcode of NSW.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria in one of these three streams may be refused unless otherwise agreed with NSW Treasury.
Closely related occupations’ are defined as those having the same ANZSCO unit group, i.e. sharing the same first four digits.
Designated regional areas’ are determined by Home Affairs. Please see their website for a list of regional NSW postcodes.

Stream 1- Living and working in regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this stream you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region’s occupation list;
  • have been living in a designated regional area in NSW for at least the previous 12 months; and
  • have been working in your nominated occupation, or a closely related occupation, in a designated regional area of NSW, for at least the previous 12 months.
Stream 2- Recently completed study in regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this stream you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region’s occupation list;
  • have completed study or education with an education provider, where:
    • the study was completed within the previous 24 months;
    • the education provider is located in a designated regional area in NSW;
    • the study meets the Australian study requirement (as determined by Home Affairs from time to time); and
    • the qualification obtained from this study has been assessed as closely related to your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority; and
  • have lived in a designated regional area of NSW while completing your study.
Stream 3- I am skilled in an occupation required in Regional NSW
Alternative migration options

NSW nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is just one of a number of visa options for prospective skilled migrants. There are a range of visas offered by Home Affairs, including both temporary and permanent employer nominated visas.

Application Process

*Submission windows:

Submission windows for the 2021-22 financial year are the months of August, October, January, and March.

Invitations to apply will be issued up to seven days of a submission window closing.

Select a state below to see it’s requirements:

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State and territory requirements

Each state and territory has its own list of occupations, requirements and processes you must follow.

More information about the requirements and processes on how Australian states or territories nominate applicants is available.