Major Announcement from NSW: Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)
From June 15 applications for NSW nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) will be open. The NSW treasury has announced in a statement that candidates currently residing in designated regional areas in New South Wales can apply.
Who can apply?
To be eligible candidates must:
- Meet the Department of Home Affairs’ requirements for the visa and;
- Have an occupation on the NSW Regional Skilled Occupation List and;
- Be currently residing in a designated regional area in NSW
According to the statement, there is no minimum time-frame for how long you must be residing in regional NSW, however you must be able to demonstrate your place of residence through evidence.
How to apply
Candidates are to visit the Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) web page and follow the instructions on how to apply.
Applications must be received by 5pm Friday, 26 June 2020.
Because of the short time-frame, it is strongly advised to ensure that your application is complete and that you meet all of the eligibility criteria mentioned above. NSW Government has compiled a helpful FAQ page and document checklist which is included in the application form.
It is also important to note that phone lines have been closed since June 1st in an attempt to give officers a dedicated space for assessing applications. For urgent matters, NSW government has asked to direct questions to this email or if you require further help feel free to reach out to our friendly team of registered migration agents here to get your application on track.
The visa was introduced to give regional Australian communities a boost in population and allow access to skilled workers, while easing the population density in major cities; Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.