Changes to NSW state sponsorship for Subclass 190

Subclass 190 Sponsorship Changes

NSW Migration Strategy – supporting the NSW economy

NSW is pleased to announce that applications for the 2014/15 Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) program will soon reopen.  Details on eligibility requirements and the application process will be published in mid-July 2014.

NSW will introduce a number of new initiatives in 2014/15 which are designed to align the NSW Skilled Nominated visa program with the skills requirements of the NSW economy. Key points about the program in 2014/15 are:

  • Applications for 2014-15 will be lodged electronically through a new online system
  • Applications will be open for four intakes per year with a maximum of 1000 applications per intake
  • Application intakes will remain open for 4-6 weeks
  • The NSW Skilled Occupation List will be expanded and will include all occupations on the 2013/14 NSW Skilled Occupation List as well as those occupations added to the SOL by AWPA in 2014.

NSW runs the Skilled Nominated program in order to attract highly skilled people in a range of occupations to contribute to NSW future skills needs. As the program is rolled out over 2014/15, NSW will closely monitor the program and will adjust eligibility criteria, including occupational eligibility, as required.


Occupation List updated
Applications open

Applications close (4-6 weeks after opening)
14 July 14 July 11 – 25 August
1 October 14 October 11 – 25 November
7 January 19 January 16 February – 2 March
1 April 14 April 12 – 26 May

NSW Trade & Investment estimates a 12 week processing timeframe.

Applications lodged by post will not be accepted.