UPDATE: NSW Business and Skilled Migration

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Nov 3, 2017 11:25:35 PM


Last year, over 700 prospective migrants were nominated in New South Wales to apply for a Business, Innovation and Investment 188 Visa, Business Talent 132 Visa or Investor Retirement 405 Visa – an increase of 103% on the previous year.

If you’re looking for fresh business opportunities, why not consider NSW? This beautiful state is open for business – it’s an unparalleled place to live, work and invest. Read our update on NSW business and skilled migration...

NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List 2017-18

The NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List contains the occupations that NSW will invite candidates under for nomination for a Skilled Nominated 190 Visa.

This list was updated on 25 September 2017 and contains 130 occupations, including health, ICT, engineering and building professions. The NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupations List is designed to meet the skill needs of the NSW economy.

Candidates are selected and invited according to criteria specified by the NSW Department of Industry. Selection and invitation of suitable candidates takes place throughout the year and top-ranking applicants in occupations on the list are selected from SkillSelect and invited to apply for a visa first.

Strong support system for business migrants

New business and investor migrants in New South Wales have access to ‘Advantage’ – an information support programme providing tools and information to help nominees settle and prosper in Sydney and NSW.

NSW business and investor visa nominees can utilise a range of support services, including:

  • Pre-arrival and arrival checklists,
  • A guide containing information and practical tips on doing business and living in Sydney and NSW,
  • Access to an exclusive Advantage member newsletter, and;
  • Referral to a Business Connect support team following your arrival in NSW.

'Advantage' demonstrates NSW’s commitment to its business and investor migration programme.

Business Talent Visa (Venture Capital Entrepreneur Stream) – on hold until further notice

The Venture Capital Entrepreneur Stream of the Business Talent 132 Visa is currently on hold to enable the NSW government to review the programme.

Applications in this category will not be accepted, but all other NSW nominated visa categories remain open and applications are welcomed.

NSW Northern Inland scheme – connecting regional employers with skilled migrants

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) has set up a Skilled Migration Jobs Board Northern Inland Facebook group to connect skilled migrants with local employers.

RDANI Skilled Migration Project Officer, Gary Fry, commented:

“Employers in the region have posted job advertisements and migrants have posted about their skills and eagerness to work in the local area. This free service is working well.”

Mr Fry continued,

“Skilled migrants are looking to continue their careers in Northern Inland NSW, while our employers need the skills to get the job done. Skilled migration is economically and socially enriching our communities.”

Migrants are brought to the Northern Inland region of NSW under the Skilled Regional State Nominated 489 Visa. This visa gives recipients access to full work entitlements and provides a pathway to permanent residency when the visa holder has lived in a regional part of Australia for two years and worked in full-time employment for one year.

Interested in Australian opportunities?

NSW is keen to grow its business, skilled and investor migration and welcomes the introduction of new business, investment and job creation in the state.

Please contact FastVisa if you have any questions about business or skilled migration to NSW. We can advise you on your visa options and guide you through the application process.

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NSW Department of Industry – October 2017 

NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List 2017-18

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