491 Nominations for NSW are now Open – Pathway 1

Announcements: Skilled Work Regional Visa (Subclass 491) Pathway 1 Nomination Now Open

New South Wales is pleased to announce the opening of applications for nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa under Pathway 1. The following outlines the nomination process and crucial guidelines for prospective applicants.

This opportunity aims to bolster skilled individuals who are already making significant contributions to New South Wales’ vibrant community and economy.

Prospective applicants can apply for NSW Nomination through the following process:

  1. Confirm Eligibility: Applicants must ensure they meet all visa requirements outlined by the Department of Home Affairs and the specific NSW nomination criteria.
  2. Submit Expression of Interest (EOI): Lodging an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect is mandatory, specifying the Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) and seeking NSW nomination exclusively. Note: EOIs cannot be modified post-submission, emphasizing the importance of accuracy and completeness.
  3. Application Submission: Complete the provided application form and attach ALL necessary supporting documents in a single .zip file for submission.
  4. Assessment: The NSW office will assess the application against its nomination criteria, a process that may take up to six weeks.
  5. Outcome: If the application aligns with the NSW criteria, applicants will receive an invitation to apply for the Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) from the Department of Home Affairs. Invitations will be sent to the email address provided in the SkillSelect EOI.

Key Guidelines for NSW Nomination:


Before proceeding with the application form for NSW nomination, it is essential to comprehend and adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Previous NSW Nomination: Individuals previously nominated by NSW for any skilled visa are ineligible for further NSW nomination.
  2. Single Active Application Rule: Only one active NSW nomination application is permitted at any given time.
  3. Validity of Supporting Evidence: Ensure that all supporting evidence remains valid for at least five business days from the date of the NSW nomination application.
  4. Accuracy of Information: Provide accurate and truthful information in the application, as incorrect or misleading details may result in assessment delays or application rejection.

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

25 Jan, 2024

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