NSW 491 Pathways and Application Criteria Update
Improved Guidelines for Skilled Work Regional Visa
• NSW has updated the criteria and procedures for the Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa, introducing clearer and more streamlined pathways for nomination.
• Two primary pathways now exist to secure NSW nomination for the subclass 491 visa:
– Pathway 1: Direct Application – Tailored for candidates with a well-established work history with a regional NSW-based employer.
– Pathway 2: Invitation by Investment NSW – A process where candidates are chosen by Investment NSW based on specific skill needs in the region.
2. Application Commencement:
• The NSW government is set to start accepting direct applications for ‘Pathway 1’ and plans to initiate invitation rounds for ‘Pathway 2’ in the near future.