Nsw Government Adds Additional Selection Criteria For Skilled Candidates
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NSW Government Adds Additional Selection Criteria For Skilled Candidates

NSW runs the skilled nominated migration (190) program in order to attract highly skilled people in a range of occupations to contribute to NSW skills needs. NSW’s position as an appealing destination for skilled migrants is confirmed beyond doubt by the significant demand shown for NSW nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

In recognition of ongoing high demand and to ensure that places allocated under the program are aligned to the skills needs of the state’s economy, NSW has a selection-based invitation process for the 190 program. Under this process, NSW selects and invites the most suitable candidates from SkillSelect to apply for NSW nomination.

NSW selection eligibility requirements

The additional requirement for these occupations is to be living in NSW and to have been employed in NSW for at least one year, in the nominated occupation.  These occupations are indicated on the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List.

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Do I need to be currently employed in NSW to satisfy this requirement?

No, you do not need to be currently employed in NSW. If you are living in NSW, and have previously been employed in your nominated occupation in NSW for at least one year, you may satisfy this requirement.

What are the conditions for my skilled employment in NSW to satisfy this requirement?

The employment in NSW must be in your nominated occupation and meet the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs’ definition of skilled employment. For more information, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Does my skilled employment in NSW for at least one year need to be with the same NSW employer?

No, you may have been employed by more than one employer in NSW to satisfy this requirement.

If I satisfy this requirement does this guarantee I will be invited to apply for NSW nomination?

No, there is no guarantee that you will be invited to apply for NSW nomination. As with all occupations on the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Priority List, the selection process is competitive. We will invite the highest-ranking candidates who meet the NSW nomination criteria to apply in each invitation round.

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How does NSW assess this requirement?

Candidates are ranked within their occupation according to their; points total, English language ability and skilled employment.

The top-ranking candidates that are living in NSW and have at least 12 months skilled employment in NSW will be selected.

You must ensure that the information entered in your Expression of Interest (EOI) is up to date and accurate to demonstrate where you live and your skilled employment history.

In your application for NSW nomination, you will need to demonstrate that you are eligible for the claims and information entered in your EOI with evidence.

If you have been invited to apply for NSW nomination

What evidence do I need to demonstrate I am currently living in NSW?

The following documents as applicable to you:

  • bank statements
  • rental agreements / leases
  • utility bills, e.g. gas, water
  • other bills, e.g. phone, internet
  • driver’s licence
  • proof of age card

What evidence do I need to demonstrate my employment?

  • Payslips covering a minimum of 12 months of skilled employment in NSW
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At least two of the following three documents:

  • Letter(s) of offer and / or employment contract(s)
  • Notice of assessment received from the Australian Taxation Office
  • Signed and dated reference letter(s) from your employer on the organisation’s letterhead.
    Reference letters must outline the commencement and termination dates of your employment (if applicable), the position held and tasks and responsibilities carried out.

More information and answers to other frequently asked questions is available on the NSW Government Website here.

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to post them below.

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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