Skilled Migration Update for NSW

The NSW Government will re-commence nominating supported applicants by Monday 22 July 2019. Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDA) will be accepting applications for Skilled Regional State Nomination (sc489) for the region from Midday today.

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland is the certifying body on behalf of the Northern Inland region of NSW. RCBs assist employers to sponsor permanent skilled workers.

RDA through their knowledge of the local labour market, are able to certify the nomination before it is submitted to the Department for Home Affairs for approval.  The revised Occupation List is available online on the Skilled Regional NSW Sponsorship page of the RDA website. The application process will remain the same as last financial year, and full details can also be found on the Skilled Regional NSW Sponsorship page of RDA website. The occupation list will be updated regularly to reflect the applications that are received.

Due to the commencement of the new Skilled Regional State Nominated visa sub-class 491 on 16 November 2019, the last day that nominations for the 489 visa will be processed and invitations from the Department of Home Affairs will be issued will be 10 September 2019. To allow time for processing before this cut-off time, RDA will not accept any 489 applications after the 3 September 2019.

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) for employers seeking to nominate a skilled worker will also be replaced on the 16th of November this year. Therefore, to allow time for assessment, we will be unable to accept applications for assessment under this program after the 11th of November. Applications for certification for the RSMS are currently open, and details on how to apply are available on the RSMS Employer Nomination page of our website. Information on the new Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa, while limited at this stage, is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

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