For all those who are looking for living in Australia and working here on the basis of skills, the best option is to go for a skilled regional nominated (489). This visa allows you to live and work in regional NSW for up to four years. Thus by the way of this visa, the pathway for permanent residency also opens up. To get eligible for a permanent visa at a later stage, you first need to obtain a skilled regional nominated migration visa and live for at least two years and work for at least one year in a specified region of NSW.
For the purpose of skilled nomination migration visa, NSW RDAs choose to work with the selected 489 programs and the candidates are nominated on the basis of requirement of skills in the particular area. All participating regions for 489 visa nomination determine their requirements individually. The seven regions that participate in the NSW’s 489 programs are as follows:
Key Requirements for applying for 489 Visa
To apply for a 489 Visa, the applicant must fulfill the following conditions:
- The candidate should possess the skill set that is required by the NSW 489 Skilled Occupation List.
- Should meet the minimum criteria by Department of Home Affairs.
- See for meeting any additional criteria by the chosen NSW region.
- Successfully obtain 489 nominations from the participating RDA
- Should be willing to work and live in the nominated region
Applying for 489 Visa
- First, you need to submit an Expression of Interest showing that you want to work in Australia, mentioning the skill set you hone.
- Secondly, you will have to apply to the relevant NSW RDA for the nomination. While doing so, make sure you satisfy all the requirements by the participating RDA’s 489 nomination criteria.
- Once you are nominated by NSW, apply for the 489 Visa to the Department of Home Affairs.
- Once your Visa is granted, you can move to your nominating region in NSW and start with the commitment of living and working in Australia.
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