Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491)
The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) allows skilled migrants to live, study and work in designated regional areas for a period of 5 years.
NSW nomination is by invitation only. To be considered for NSW nomination, you must register your interest on the NSW Government website. NSW will use the information you provide when you register your interest to decide whether you will be selected to apply.
Note - Registering your interest in NSW nomination is not an application.
Find information about NSW nomination streams on the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) page.
Regional NSW occupation lists are available on the Skilled visa occupation lists page.
Read Common skilled visa questions page for answers to our most commonly received questions.
Read How to register your interest in NSW nomination page for useful information about how to be considered during an invitation round.
To apply for NSW nomination, you must ensure you are eligible for the Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)
Please follow the steps in the 'How to Apply' section below to register your interest in NSW nomination during a submission window.
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How to Apply
Step 1 – Check the Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must meet all the nomination criteria in one of the three following streams to be eligible for NSW nomination:
Stream 1: Living and working in regional NSW,
Stream 2: Recently completed study in regional NSW, or
Stream 3: Skilled in an occupation required in regional NSW.
Preference is given to migrants registering their interest under Stream 1.
For full details on the eligibility criteria are available CLICK HERE.
Step 2 – Check the Central Coast Skilled Occupation List
Check the occupation list that is applicable for the eligibility stream that you wish to apply under.
For Stream 1 - Living and working in regional NSW you need to be working in an occupation or closely related field on the Combined Occupation List from the NSW Government.
For the current NSW Government Combined Occupation List CLICK HERE.
Stream 2 & 3
If you wish to apply to the Central Coast for Stream 2 - Recently Completed Study in Regional NSW or Stream 3 -Skilled in an Occupation Required in Regional NSW, your occupation must be on the Occupation List for the Central Coast.
The skilled occupations for each region will be different, so it is important that you check that your occupation is currently being accepted for the Central Coast region. This list is updated regularly, and sometimes needs to be changed without notice. Your occupation must be on this list when you submit your application.
It is important that the skilled occupation on your application to the Central Coast matches the occupation that is entered into SkillSelect. If these do not match, you cannot be nominated to apply from the NSW Government.
As the occupation list is updated regularly, there may be variances between the list below and the copy provided by the NSW Government. The list published on this website is the current edition, and applications need to adhere to this list. Occupations that are on the copy provided by the NSW Government but not on this list will not be accepted.
For the current Central Coast Skilled Occupation List CLICK HERE.
Step 3 – Get to know the Central Coast Region
As part of receiving a nomination from the NSW Government applicants commit to live and work in regional NSW. According to visa regulations, the applicant must have a genuine commitment to live and work in the nominating state.
This commitment is a condition of the NSW Government’s nomination.
It is important that you get to know the Central Coast region and whether the work and lifestyle opportunities it provides are suitable for you and your family.
Step 4 – Complete an EOI on Skill Select
To be able to receive an invitation to apply from the NSW Government, you must have an EOI number from Skill Select by the Department of Home Affairs.
You can find out more and apply for your EOI on their website.
Step 5 – Register your interest for NSW Nomination
To apply for a 491 Visa, you must be invited to apply by the NSW Government. To receive an invitation to apply, interested applicants must lodge their details through their online form.
Further information about how to register your interest with the NSW Government and the online form is available on their website. We also recommend reading through their frequently asked questions about the ROI process.
In the 2021-22 financial year, ROI rounds will be held:
- 1st to 31st of August
- 1st to 31st of October
- 1st to 31st of January
- 1st to 31st of March
Registrations of interest to the NSW Government must be submitted in the designated months, any submissions outside this time will not be considered, even if the form is available.
Registration of Interest must be completed for each window. if you fail to be issued in one window your registration will not be carried forward to the next window.
RDA Central Coast are unable to assist applicants with this stage of the process, as it is managed by the NSW Government.
You must only register you interest in NSW nomination once during a submission window. This includes where you are skilled in more than one occupation.
Any queries about this process or the online form should be directed to the NSW Government via the contact details on their website.
Step 6 – Be invited to apply by the NSW Government
The NSW Government will select applicants from the pool that have applied for a ROI. Successful applicants will be notified within 7 days of the end of each round of ROIs.
If you have received an invitation to apply from the NSW Government you have 14 days to submit your application to one region that requires your skills.
If you want to apply to the Central Coast region, and you are applying under Stream 1 you can now proceed through steps 7 to 10 and submit a full application. If you are applying under Stream 2 or 3, you need to check if your occupation is on the occupation list for the Central Coast before proceeding to steps 7 to 10.
If you are wanting to apply to another region, you must follow the instructions on the website of the RDA for that region.
Please note we are unable to provide you information about the status of your ROI application, as these are assessed by the NSW Government, not RDA Central Coast. While we understand that some potential applicants are facing difficult circumstances, we are unable to accept any applications without an invitation to apply from the NSW Government.
Step 7 – Complete your form and documentation
Application forms and documentation required for each stream is different. It is important that the correct stream is selected to avoid delays in the processing of the application.
Stream 1 - Living and Working in Regional NSW
Stream 2 - Recently Completed Study in Regional NSW
Stream 3 - Skilled in an occupation required in Regional NSW
Certified Documents or Colour Scans
Supporting documents must be certified black and white copies, or colour scans of the original document.
Step 8 - Make Payment for the application Assessment
Payment is required as part of your application, and we will not commence assessment of your application until your payment can be verified. No refunds will be given once an application is received.
Our assessment fees are:
Skilled Regional State Nominated (491 visa) : AUD $800.00
Please ensure that you include a copy of your payment receipt with your application submission so we can identify your payment.
Paying by Direct Deposit
This can be completed either through your online banking or by going into a branch of the Bendigo Bank near you. Please state the name of the applicant as the reference / detail for the deposit.
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Step 9 - Submit the Application
All applications, with all supporting documents clearly identified and in separate attachments/files, must be within the one email.
Emails should be addressed to email@example.com
Your application MUST include the invitation email received from the NSW State Government.
You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application, including an Application Reference Number (ARN). This number must be quoted in any enquiries.
Step 10 - Await the outcome of your Application
RDA Central Coast will assess an application within 6 weeks from receipt of lodgement AND verified payment of processing fee.
Applications will be processed in the order in which the complete application is received.
During assessment of your application, we may contact you to request further information if required. If additional documents are required, the processing time may be delayed.
Once RDA Central Coast has advised the NSW Government that we have offered you a nomination, it will take up to 5 working days (Monday to Friday and excluding NSW public holidays) for the nomination to be processed and you will receive an invitation to apply from SkillSelect.
Please do NOT call or email the office for a progress update.
Attending to calls and emails such as these, delays the process for everyone’s applications, including yours.