Visas and Migration

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The New South Wales (NSW) Government nominates applicants for a variety of visas if you are interested in living and working or studying in the state. In NSW, skilled workers enjoy globally competitive career opportunities. Business migrants and investors can contribute to a thriving economy and foreign students can obtain a world-class education.

Visas and nominations

The NSW Government accepts applications for nomination from business owners and investors and highly skilled workers qualified in an occupation of benefit (link to SOL) to the NSW economy.

If you are eligible, the NSW Government may nominate you under the Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) NSW Skilled Occupations List visa scheme, which is designed for migrants who are committed to living in a designated regional area of NSW and working in a specified occupation.

For more information, see Visa Nominations.

Business migration

If you are a business migrant who is interested in establishing a business or investing in NSW you may be eligible to for NSW nomination Under the Business Innovation and Investment Program.

There are several visa options under the Program. Options under this program are outlined on the Business Nomination page. These include:

  • Business Talent (subclass 132) visa
  • Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188/888) visa or the
  • Significant Investor visa

Each has its own criteria and conditions and NSW encourages prospective applicants to select the most suitable to their circumstances. 

For more information, see Business Migration.

NSW regional nominated migration

Apart from nomination for the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa, you may qualify for NSW nomination for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa. Regional migration helps attract skilled workers and global talent to specific areas in the state.

As for all visas, you must fulfil the minimum eligibility requirements. You should be less than 50 years of age, sit an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test and commit to working in a state-approved occupation and region in NSW.

For more information, see NSW Regional Nominated Migration.

NSW nominated skilled migration program

If you are highly skilled and are seeking an opportunity to to permanently migrate to NSW to live and advance your career you may be eligible to apply for a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa.

Applications are processed in order of the date they are received. The current processing time is 12 weeks, though this may take longer during peak periods.

For more information, see NSW Skilled Nominated Migration.

NSW migration resources

The NSW Government offers a comprehensive list of online resources to assist you with visa applications, moving to NSW and settling in the state. For more information, see Resources for Skilled and Business Migrants.