NSW Opens Permanent Residency Doors for Offshore Skilled Migration to Australia

nsw opens pr for offshore skilled migration

Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) announced changes to its Skilled Migration to Australia visa program.

Offshore applicants having work experience in certain ANZSCO unit groups are now eligible for NSW nomination under Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190). Applicants will need to show three years of work experience in such occupations.

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Offshore candidates in NSW are those who continuously lived outside Australia for the past three months and hold a valid skills assessment for occupation within an ANZSCO unit group.

New South Wales is inviting select ANZSCO unit groups to apply for Skilled Migration to Australia under Subclass 190. These include

  • engineering managers,
  • health and welfare service managers,
  • production managers,
  • primary and secondary school teachers,
  • pharmacists,
  • dental practitioners,
  • midwives,
  • registered nurses,
  • social workers.

New South Wales has a diverse, and service-oriented economy. It is a densely populated region of Australia with about 8,172,500 residents. Sydney is the capital of NSW and hosts about 64.5 per cent of the entire state residents.

The Australian Government is planning to welcome 160,000 Australian PR visas in the 2021-2022 program year. The program year in Australia runs from July to June.

A successful NSW state nomination can fetch permanent residence in Australia.

New South Wales State Nomination for Offshore Skilled Migration to Australia

You cannot directly apply for NSW nomination without getting an invite from the state.

Invitations are sent out from time to time and received by eligible candidates who had already registered themselves in SkillSelect EOI.

NSW nominates candidates through the following visa categories for skilled migration to Australia:

  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190): For nominated skilled workers to work and live in Australia as permanent residents. The average visa applications are processed within 18 months.
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491): For skilled workers nominated by a state/territory government to work and live in regional Australia. The average visa applications are processed within 9 months.

Earlier this year, the NSW Government has already begun accepting applications for

  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) streams, and
  • the Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132) Significant Business History stream

The state government will now consider offshore applicants of Subclass 190 visas in invitation rounds via designated unit groups.

Offshore candidates with prior experience in select Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) unit groups will now be considered in invitation rounds.

Here is a list of select ANSCO unit groups:


ANZSCO 1214 – Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmers
ANZSCO 1332 – Engineering Managers
ANZSCO 1335 – Production Managers
ANZSCO 1341 – Child Care Centre Managers
ANZSCO 1342 – Health and Welfare Service Managers


ANZSCO 2246 – Librarians
ANZSCO 2332 – Civil Engineering Professionals
ANZSCO 2333 – Electrical Engineers
ANZSCO 2334 – Electronics Engineers
ANZSCO 2335 – Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineer
ANZSCO 2336 – Mining Engineers
ANZSCO 2339 – Other Engineering Professionals
ANZSCO 2342 – Food Scientists
ANZSCO 2347 – Veterinarians
ANZSCO 2411 – Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers
ANZSCO 2412 – Primary School Teachers
ANZSCO 2414 – Secondary School Teachers
ANZSCO 2415 – Special Education Teachers
ANZSCO 2515 – Pharmacists
ANZSCO 2523 – Dental Practitioners
ANZSCO 2541 – Midwives
ANZSCO 2542 – Nurse Educators and Researchers
ANZSCO 2543 – Nurse Managers
ANZSCO 2544 – Registered Nurses
ANZSCO 2633 – Telecommunications Engineering Professionals
ANZSCO 2723 – Psychologists
ANZSCO 2724 – Social Professionals
ANZSCO 2725 – Social Workers
ANZSCO 2726 – Welfare, Recreation, and Community Arts Workers

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CanApprove expects inquires to spike for skilled migration to Australia after this latest announcement.

However, many onshore applicants cannot meet the new requirements. They will have to redo their applications now. In some cases, they may have to wait to build on the required work experience.

Onshore candidates in NSW means they have “genuinely and continuously” lived in NSW for the past three months, OR have gainfully employed in NSW (long-term capacity, in a nominated or closely related occupation, for a minimum of 20 hours/week).

Now you can migrate to Australia from Dubai by securing NSW nomination for subclass 190 Skilled Migration to Australia visa,

STEP 1: Ensure eligibility for the subclass 190 Australian visa.

STEP 2: Confirm that you meet NSW’s minimum eligibility criteria.

STEP 3: Complete an EOI profile in SkillSelect.

STEP 4: Receive an invitation to apply.

STEP 5: Apply – within 14 calendar days – for a nomination by NSW.

STEP 6: Provide evidence for: (1) all of the EOI points claimed, and (2) where you presently reside.

While a Nominated visa (subclass 190) is not the only option to migrate to Australia from Dubai, New South Wales is currently open for offshore candidates to apply for Skilled Migration to Australia.

Other available Australian immigration routes include temporary and permanent employer-nominated visas like Global Talent Visa (subclass 858), Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189), Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494), and Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186).

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