New South Wales (NSW) State Sponsorship – 489 & 190 Visas

 

The Subclass 190 State Sponsored visa is a permanent residency visa which can be sponsored by the NSW state government. The 489 visa temporary visa that is valid for 4 years and can provide a pathway to permanent residence through the 887 visa.

Applications for NSW state sponsorship for the 190 visa will be open for four intakes this financial year with a maximum of 1000 applications per intake:

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Occupation List updated
Applications open

Applications close (4-6 weeks after opening or when 1000 application limit is reached)*
14 July 14 July 11 – 25 August
1 October 14 October 11 – 25 November
7 January 19 January 16 February – 2 March
1 April 14 April 12 – 26 May

 

NSW state sponsorship eligibility requirements

 

  • Positive skill assessment for a sponsored occupation – You must obtain a positive skill assessment for an occupation on the NSW’s skilled migration occupation list
  • At least competent English language ability
  • Under 50 years of age
  • Be entitled to at least 60 points, including points awarded for state sponsorship
  • Satisfy the relevant 190 visa requirements

You need to satisfy the above requirements before you submit your application for NSW state sponsorship.

If you are not sure about which skills assessment body is applicable for your occupation, find the occupation on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List. This list states the relevant skills assessment body for each sponsorable occupation.

 

Professional assistance with applications

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Our total fee for assisting with Subclass 489 or 190 visa application is $4,000. This includes assistance with the skill assessment and state sponsorship applications. We guarantee the following when engaged to assist with a Subclass 489 or 190 visa application :

  • Flat professional services fee – You don’t have to worry about hourly charges or for any disbursements (e.g. courier costs, photocopying fees, etc). So that you know exactly what you’re paying with no unexpected hidden charges or surprises.
  • Fee subject to visa approval – 50% of our total professional fee is only due after your visa is granted. Also, in most instances, we are able to guarantee nomination and visa approval and we will refund you our professional fee if the applications are refused.
  • Free initial consultation – Please feel free to contact us by email (pcheng@myaccessaustralia.com) or give us a call (02 9593 0335 or 0401 000 568. Please note that our business hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, Sydney – Australia Eastern Standard Time).

 

Frequently asked questions about NSW state sponsorship 

 

We have extracted the following key points from the FAQ document which relates to NSW state sponsorship:

  • Can I provide new/more evidence to support my application once I have submitted my application? It is very important that you meet all requirements when you apply for NSW nomination and that you provide all supporting documents when you apply. If there are exceptional circumstances that prevented you from submitting supporting evidence with your application, send an email to bizmigration.enquiries@business.nsw.gov.au with the updated evidence.
  • How will I know if my application is counted in the intake of 1000 applications? The online application will not allow you to submit an application if the intake is full. Applications will be open for four intakes per year with a maximum of 1000 applications per intake. Applications close (4-6 weeks after opening or when 1000 application limit is reached).
  • How many points do I need to be eligible for NSW nomination? One of the mandatory requirements for the subclass 190 visa is that you must score at least 60 points against the DIBP skilled migration points test. You will receive 5 points if NSW agrees to nominate you. You will meet the points requirement if the total of your points score (including the 5 points for NSW nomination) equals 60 points.
  • My occupation is not on the NSW Skilled Occupation List – am I eligible to apply? No, NSW will only nominate occupations on the NSW Skilled Occupation List.
  • What documents do I need to provide? Please refer to the Document Checklist at the top of the online application form and note that you only need to supply documents for points you are claiming. All mandatory evidence should be high quality colour scanned documents.
  • I am an ICT professional. If I am claiming points for skilled employment, do I need an ACS skills assessment which states my ‘skilled date’? Yes, NSW requires that all ICT professionals claiming skilled employment points must have an Australian Computer Society (ACS) skills assessment which clearly identifies your “Skill Level Requirement Met Date.” All relevant work experience completed after the “Skill Level Requirement Met Date” will be considered “Skilled Employment” and eligible for points under the skilled migration points test. NSW refers to the ACS assessment of skilled employment claims. If you apply for NSW nomination and wish to claim skilled employment points without this version of the ACS skills assessment, you will be asked to provide an updated skills assessment.
  • Do I need my skilled employment assessed by my relevant skills assessing authority? NSW does not require applicants (excluding ICT professionals) to have had their skilled employment claims verified by the relevant skills assessing authority. However, it is recommended that all applicants consider obtaining an assessment of their employment points claims by the relevant skills assessing authority. If you are not claiming these points, you do not need to provide this information.

 

Eligibility requirement for 190 & 489 visas

 

The key eligibility requirements for the 190 and 489 visas are:

  • You need to be under 50 years of age
  • You have obtained a positive skills assessment for an eligible occupation
  • You need to meet the English language requirement
  • You points score is at least 60 (find out how points are allocated)
  • You meet the health and character requirements
  • Obtain state sponsorship approval and receive invitation to apply for visa

 

English language requirement

 

You need to have ‘competent’ English language ability which is satisfied if:

  1. You have obtained a score of at least 6 for each of the four test components in an IELTS examination conducted within the last 3 years immediately before the lodgement of the application
  2. You have obtained a score of at least ‘B’ in an Occupational English test conducted within the last 3 years immediately before the lodgement of the application
  3. If you hold a passport from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Ireland of New Zealand

Please note that this is the minimum English language requirement that all primary visa applicants need to satisfy. If you are counting points on the basis of your English language ability, then you need to satisfy the relevant requirement in order to gain those points.

You can only rely on an IELTS or OET examination result in order to claim points for your English language ability. You must be using a result from an examination that was completed within 3 years of the date of lodgement of the application. The required band scores for the test components must be demonstrated in one test. The Department will not accept separate IELTS tests for each component. The Department  will accept either Academic or General IELTS examination result.

 

Work experience

 

You must have worked at least 20 hours of paid work per week and in your nominated skilled occupation, or a closely related occupation.

The work must be paid – it cannot be voluntary work.

You can only count ‘skilled’ employment, that is it the work was undertaken after the applicant meets at least the entry level requirements as set by the relevant assessing authority for that occupation.

The date on which an applicant becomes ‘skilled’ may be different from the date that an assessing authority finds that the person meets their requirement for a suitable skills assessment. For example, an assessing authority may issue a suitable skills assessment on the basis of attainment of a tertiary qualification but may require a period of post qualification work experience before considering an applicant ‘skilled’ for the purpose of employment points.

 

Educational qualifications

 

If you hold multiple recognised qualifications, you can only count points for one of your recognised qualifications (e.g. if you have completed a Bachelor degree and a Diploma degree, you can receive points for the Bachelor degree only).

Your relevant skills assessment body will generally determine whether any qualifications earned outside Australia are of a standard that is comparable to the relevant Australian qualification.

You may be able to receive points for a qualification that is not related to your nominated occupation.

 

Australian study requirements

 

This means you have been awarded one or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications through a course or courses taken at an Australian educational institution.

Your course or courses must:

  • be registered through the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Course for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
  • have been successfully completed
  • have resulted in you receiving a degree, diploma or trade qualification
  • have been completed in a total of at least 16 calendar months
  • have been completed as a result of at least two academic years of study
  • have had all instruction in English
  • have been completed while you were physically in Australia
  • have been completed while you held a visa authorising you to study in Australia
  • be counted only once towards the Australian study requirement. Any failed course subject cannot be counted towards the Australian Study Requirement

Two academic years of study is defined as 92 weeks of study in a course or courses registered by CRICOS. CRICOS determines a standard duration (number of weeks) for each course.

 

Age requirement

 

You need to be under 50 years of age at the time that you are invited to apply for the visa.

 

Dependents who are over 18 – Functional English language ability

 

All adult dependents who are over 18 years of age will need to demonstrate ‘functional’ English language ability. This can be demonstrated in a number of ways:

  1. Complete all years of primary education and at least 3 years of secondary education at educational institutions in which all instruction was conducted in English; or
  2. Complete at least 5 years of secondary education at institutions in which all instruction was conducted in English; or
  3. Achieved an IELTS average band score of at least 4.5 based on the 4 test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening in a test conducted not more than 12 months before the date of lodgement; or at the time of the processing of the relevant application to migrate; or
  4. Complete in Australia at least 1 year of full-time study or equivalent part-time study towards a degree, higher degree, diploma, or associate diploma at an institution or institutions where all the instruction was conducted in English; or
  5. Hold an award (being a degree, a higher degree, a diploma or a trade certificate) that required at least 2 years of full-time study or training; and all instruction (including instruction received in other courses for which the person was allowed credit) for that award was conducted in English.

 

How much does this visa cost?

 

The below is just a list of the relevant government lodgement fees:

  • Base application fee: $3520
  • Additional applicant charge for each additional adult that is 18 years and over: $1760
  • Additional applicant charge for each additional adult that is 18 years or under: 880

 

Secondary visa application charge (SVAC)

 

This fee will apply to each dependent applicant that is over 18 and is not able to demonstrate functional English language ability. The primary applicant must satisfy the applicable English language requirement.

This fee is paid at the time of decision so your case officer will contact you at the time that the payment is required. For adult dependents that can’t demonstrate functional English, the SVAC is $4,885.

 

Free Preliminary Assessment

Please send us the following documents by email (pcheng@myaccessaustralia.com) and we will complete a free preliminary assessment.

Visa applicant – as available and applicable:

  • Passport
  • Resume
  • IELTS examination result or other evidence of satisfying the English language requirement
  • Relevant skill assessment
  • Current visa approval notification

 

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196 thoughts on “New South Wales (NSW) State Sponsorship – 489 & 190 Visas

  1. adel

    Hi Peng,

    Thanks for your helpful info that you are providing.
    Me and my wife currently live in Aus on 457 sponsored by my work.
    My wife is doctor and currently doing her 1 year under supervision in General practice. At this stage she holds a provisional registration and will receive her general registration in June.
    She has the AMC certificate for both MCQ and clinical exams
    Can you please advise if we can apply for EOI+state sponsorship at this stage or we have to wait until she receives her general registration?
    We have met all the above requirements and I think we have 70+ points

    Thanks,

    Reply
  2. Garth

    Hi Peng,

    Great and useful web site I must say, Ive got 2 questions for you.

    First of all, do you have to live in NSW before applying for a state sponsorship 190 NSW, I live in the NT here.

    Secondly, with the points system under educational qualifications , I hold a trade qualification in which i gained in Australia by going to University, though it was only a 1 year course and I hold a vetassess qualification as well for my qualifications from the uk . Does this mean i can receive 10 points for each the trade certificate gained in Australia and the vetassess.

    Regards
    Garth Nelson

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Gareth,
      No you don’t need to live in NSW.
      You get 10 points if your qualification is assessed as being equivalent to an Australian Diploma or trade qualification – your VETASSESS skill assessment may indicate whether your qualification is recognised in Australia.
      PC

      Reply
  3. mohammad

    Hello
    I want to apply for 489 visa at NSW. I am graduated from curtin university in master of petroleum engineering.

    my question is, shall have 12 months contract related to my Occupation for not?.

    Also, if I dont find a job related to my Occupation at regional area of NSW, can I find a job in other Australian regional areas such as, WA or Adelaide?
    or If I find a job in other regional states , can I go there base on my 489 visa?

    regards
    mohammad

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mohammed,
      For 489 NSW sponsorship, a job offer is not needed.
      You need to live in that particular regional area of NSW as a 489 visa holder.
      PC

      Reply
  4. Ali

    Great information Peng..
    i got a question for you !
    i had experience letter from my companies, they only mentioned start-end dates and designation/role i have worked on, but didn’t mentioned responsibilities all the i perform there..

    is that an issue?

    appreciate your reply

    Regards,
    Ali

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ali,
      A work reference letter should list the duties of your role, otherwise the Department won’t be able to determine if the experience is relevant.
      PC

      Reply
  5. Jaimee

    Hi Peng, I have received letter of invitation from the NSW for 489, but .it has been more than 7 weeks I am waiting for invitation from EOI and my 485 visa is going to expire on 15 Dec 2013. My question is how long I have to wait for EOI invitation. How can I extend my visa. Thanks…

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jaimee
      We can’t predict when invitations will be issued. It really depends on DIBP, ad factors such as the nominated role, whether the state quota has been satisfied for this period, whether there is invitations issued for that particular occupation in that round etc.
      You can apply for any another visa in which you satisfy the requirements for if you wish to remain in Australia while waiting for the invitation.
      Regards
      PC

      Reply
  6. Peng Cheng Post author

    Hi Harry,
    My understanding is that you need to live in the state that is sponsoring you for a period of at least 2 years from the date of grant. I’m not aware of any specific time frame in which you need to make the move.
    I suppose that DIBP may have the power to cancel your visa if you do not move since this clearly demonstrates that you did not actually satisfy the requirement for state sponsorship
    PC

    Reply
  7. Steve Chan

    Dear Peng,

    I posted my NSW state nomination application as Accountant (General) on 26-11-2013 and received an acknowledgement e-mail with Reference number from NSW trade and investment on 28-11-2013. However, in that acknowledgement e-mail they mentioned that “Currently we are processing applications received on 16-10-2013″.
    It’s been more than a month now but I haven’t heard back from them as yet. Will you please tell me what should I do and should I be worried? Your response in this regard will be highly appreciated.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Steve Chan

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Steve,
      I’d call the NSW state government authority – they are processing your application so they are the only people that can provide you with an update.
      PC

      Reply
  8. Tabu

    Dear Peng,

    I have applied for 190 Visa (NSW) along with my family (Wife + Kid) and my profession is Software Engineer. I submitted the documents in the month of June and PCC /Medicals in July 2013, till now my visa is under progress.

    In the site they have mentioned the processing time is 12 weeks but in my case it is beyond that. Is there anything to worry or it is a normal processing time?

    What would be the max processing time to send the grant letter?

    Thanks in Advance
    Tabu

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Tabu,
      Normally processing time is around 3-6 months. There is no max processing time. You need to contact the Department if you want an update.
      PC

      Reply
  9. Marinda

    Hi, we were granted 489 in NSW, unfortunately my husband is finding it difficult to find employment. Can a 489 from NSW be transferred to another regional area in another state?
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Marinda,
      As far as I’m aware, you can live in another area – your 489 will not be cancelled. But you may not be able to meet the requirements for permanent residency though the 887 visa.
      PC

      Reply
  10. Kelly Ag

    Dear Peng,

    I applied NSW SS 190 5 weeks ago, in the website they stated that processing period is 12 weeks, in the acknowledgement e-mail they mentioned that “Currently we are processing applications received on 16-10-2013″.

    Do u have any idea of the date they are now up to ? To be honest, I am really worried about my application even though my application has reached before 24 of December.

    Also do I need to think of Plan B ?

    Your response and advice in this regard will be highly appreciated.

    Regards,
    Kelly

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kelly,
      I don’t have any NSW SS applications pending so I’m not sure what current processing times are like.
      PC

      Reply
  11. Joel

    Hello,
    I do appreciate the wealth of information being offered on this website.
    I have been confused about the conditions of NSW SS 489 visa grant that says, ” the holder of the visa must stay, work or study in the nominated region for two years and be employed for at least one year”.
    Does that mean that, visa holders must only work in their nominated occupation or they can work elsewhere if they can not find employment readily in their chosen profession?
    If an urban planner for instance work as a baker for a year within the two years, would that still fulfill the conditions for application of Permanent Residency?

    Looking forward to getting a response from you.

    Thanks
    Joel.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Joel,
      My interpretation is just that the holder of the visa must stay, work or study in the nominated region for two years and be employed for at least one year. The obligation doesn’t require you to work in a particular occupation.
      PC

      Reply
  12. Tehsin

    Hi
    I have a question for you.

    I have applied for an extension of student visa and waiting for outcome. Can we apply for PR (190 visa) ? Can we submit another application to DIAC as one application is already in process?

    Thank you and waiting for reply.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Tehsin,
      It is possible to have more than one visa application pending with the Department at the same time. You should be able to lodge a valid 190 visa application if you are currently holding a Bridging visa A, or a substantive visa such as a student visa.
      PC

      Reply
  13. tim

    Hi peng

    realy nice side.

    i need your help. i have applied for SS in NSW for subclass 489 dated 5/1/2014. approximately when my application will be processed? which application is proessing right now?
    i have another question , how long an application become valid after submission?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Tim,
      I wouldn’t have this information – you would need to contact the NSW state government authority.
      PC

      Reply
  14. Ankita

    Hi Peng

    I hold a 489 visa sponsered by southern inland(nsw)….does it mean that i have to live &work in that particular region……my visa condition 8539 states that i can live anywhere in regional Australia (there is a postcode list available)….please suggest so as to get through visa 887 after 2 years.

    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ankita,
      My understanding is that you need to live in that particular regional area if you want to meet the requirements of the 887 permanent residency visa, which is the visa that 489 visa holders transition to.
      PC

      Reply
  15. john

    Hi there,
    Have applied for 489 family sponsored to NSW on end of october 2013 still waiting for invitation any guesses??? When will I get one..

    Reply
  16. yashu

    hi sir,
    i am yashu and launched my 489 VISA(offshore) on 20th jan 2014.My friends who launched visa (offshore)on 1st and 6 nd of jan 2014 and got there case officer on 16th and 17th of feb 2014 respectively. I am still waiting for my case officer. Can u s say when i can expect my case officer ?
    Thanks,
    yashu

    Reply
  17. Mohsin Karim

    Hi There,

    I would like to ask a very important question. My application was finalised back in November for NSW statesponsorship 190.

    Is it important to move to NSW and am I able to apply for my citizenship without moving to NSW.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mohsin,
      From what I understand, the Department will not cancel your visa even if you do not live in the sponsoring state. But I have only heard this from other people – none of my clients have tried to live in other states.
      PC

      Reply
  18. Omar Hasan

    Hi there !

    I , Omar Hasan, am a 28 years old and have received positive skill assessment result based on my previous study back home with 2 semesters of my studies here in Australia from ICAA as a General Accountant and I have got IELTS 7 in each though currently I m an full-time international student under Visa subclass 573. I think currently i have 55 points altogether.

    I am just wondering if I can apply for NSW regional state sponsorship (SUBCLASS 489) now an a Genaral accountant ? or by changing my ANZSCO code to External Auditor or to anyone suitable ?

    My 2nd question is , if now I apply for subclass 489 in NSW and then my application is accepted can I Apply again for 190 once NSW open again their SS after 1st of july ?

    And my last Question is, Among all accounting occupations which one gets quicker response of Nomination at subclass 489 and subclass 190 ?

    With thanks
    Omar Hasan

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Omar,
      NSW state sponsorship is closed until the next financial year. I don’t think that you can get sponsorship for a 489 visa.
      You can apply for a 190 visa as a 489 visa holder.
      I think that processing time is the same for all occupations.
      PC

      Reply
  19. John

    Hi there,

    Am John just wanted to know is there an individual cut off point for each occupation on SOL list to recieve invite for 489 family sponsored visa (NSW)? If so where can I find that. Thanks.

    Regards,

    John

    Reply
  20. Md Mizanur Rahman

    Hello,
    I am Mizan, I was assessed before as general accountant, want to apply for 489 visa for Orana being assessed again Management accountant, now have 50 points trying get more by Naati and IELTS, so that can apply for 190 or 189,
    I hard that my EOI will be locked for 60days, and would not be able to apply for any other visa before expiring, my age going to be 40 in 15,oct,2014. Can I apply for another EOI for 190 when points available while 489 will be processing.
    one more question, I was interested for Southerninland,nsw as close to me, but they are not getting any accountant, do you have any information that they are going to again?
    I am waiting for your reply.
    Kind regards,
    Mizan

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mizan,
      I think that you can have an EOI lodged for a 190 and 489 visas at the same time – but I haven’t done this for any of my clients before.
      I’m not familiar with that region in NSW.
      pc

      Reply
  21. Het

    Hi
    I have got 489 from NSW. Should I live three or I can live in any regional area? If i live in diffrent area, would it affect on my PR?
    My second question is can I change subclass 489 to 189 or 190 if I get 7 bands in IELTS?

    Thanks
    Het

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Het,
      You need to work and live in the designed regional area if you want to apply for PR under the 887 visa. You can apply for a 190 or 189 visa if you meet the requirements.
      PC

      Reply
  22. sunny

    Hi Peng,
    How are you, thanks for your support on this blog.
    I have one tricky question which i cannot find the proper answer on internet.
    Actually, my wife applied her first student visa onshore in january 2014. that visa has been refused in feb becoz the application was invalid. they said that application must be offshore for the first student visa application. Now we are on MRT.
    On the otherhand, in this mean time, i got my degree assesment and we are now eligible for 489 visa.
    to apply for that visa, we cannot launch onshore becoz of MRT.
    can we take bridging visa B to travel offshore, once we apply for that visa, Can we come back with that bridging B travel rights? or do we need to stay there until we get our decision for 489.
    pls help with this question.

    thanks
    sunny

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sunny,
      You can leave and come back on the BVB since the processing time for the 489 visa will certainly take a few months – say 3-6 months. You can be in Australia at the time of decision.
      PC

      Reply
  23. Pari

    Hi Peng,

    I have few queries that I am not aware about.
    1.Details of the IELTS eligibility band for 261313 in New South Wales (NSW) State Sponsorship 190 Visas.
    2.Is there a seperate skill assesment for NSW state sponsorship? I am asking this because I have already done my ACS skills assessment for 261313.

    Thanks in advance for the help.

    Reply
  24. santosh gurung

    Hi,
    I will be finishing my professional year in May and i will get my certificate at the end of June only. If NSW state sponsorship, subclass 190 reopen in July, shall i be able to apply for state sponsorship? What make me worried is my full skill assessment will be done at the 1st to 2 nd week of july so i just want to know that i will be able to apply subclass 190 or it will be too late.

    Thankyou.

    Santosh

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Santosh,
      You can apply if you meet the requirements – NSW state government has not released its requirements yet. I don’t that invitations will be exhausted immediately – state sponsorship should stay open for a few months at least.
      PC

      Reply
  25. Pradeepa

    Hi Peng,

    If we apply for NSW SS visa 190, Can we live anywhere in NSW state ? Is NSW have any designated area for 190 visa that we need to live there for 2 years? The reasong why I am asking this is, we are in 457 visa and already living in Sydney, If we get 190 visa for NSW, can we continue our staying anywhere in NSW .?

    Thanks for your reply.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Amrit,
      NSW state sponsorship is currently closed. It should re-open from 1 July 2014 so check the requirements after the NSW has announced the requirements.
      PC

      Reply
  26. April

    hi,

    for visa 190, (if occupation on the list when reopen in july) is work experience necessary?
    or meeting the point base test is enough?

    thanks!

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi April,
      Having work experience is not a mandatory requirement for the 190 visa – you can meet the visa requirements without any work experience.
      PC

      Reply
  27. Reshna

    Hello Sir,
    We are living in sydeny for the last two years ,we currently hold a 457 visa. Now we are planning to apply for 190 Visa. Does the two years we stayed NSW prior we lodge the application will satisfy the mandatory two year stay as they mentioned in 190 visa? Thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Reshna,
      The commitment is to live in the state for 2 years from grant of PR.
      PC

      Reply
  28. bikash

    Hi,

    What do you think will the state sponsorship will re-opens in july? just bit concerned for it…

    Regards
    Bikash

    Reply
  29. Arun Jose

    Hi,
    I have been living in regional area for last 2 years with 457 visa.Now can I apply for 887 visa?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Arun,
      887 is not for 457 visa holders. It is for:
      Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489), a Skilled Regional visa (subclasses 475, 487), a Skilled Independent visa (subclass 495), or a Skilled Designated Area visa (subclass 496)
      PC

      Reply
  30. Duff

    Hi Peng,

    I am going to apply for 190. can i go ahead and apply EOI now so that when it opens in
    July I aleady have EOI number? Thank you so much.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Duff,
      You can prepare a EOI but you can’t submit until the state sponsorship application is approved.
      PC

      Reply
  31. anya

    Hi peng,

    I have received the invitation for the regional nsw (489), the problem is that i want to wait till July and apply for 190 visa in NSW. if i waited, my invitation for the 489 will be affected by new rules starting from 1st July?
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Anya,
      I’m not aware of any upcoming changes that will affect the validity of an invitation.
      PC

      Reply
  32. Roman sen

    Dear peng,
    can cook also apply for 190 visa?
    Is last year on 2013/14 , is cook was on list for state sponsorhip of nsw?
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Roman
      Sorry but just need to wait for the list to be released – no point in guessing the occupations on the list.
      PC

      Reply
  33. Tan

    Dear Peng
    I have applied for sponsorship with 55 points in Electrical Engineer occupation in NSW, southcoast region in 26-5-2014 ; at the same day for EOI.
    My visa 485 will expire on 6-6-2014.
    Today is 1-6-2014.
    Can i apply for 489 directly after getting approval of sponsorship from regional authority?
    Or still i have to wait for EOI invitation?
    I have only 5 more days in hand.
    What should i do now?
    Thanks

    Reply
  34. Sujay

    Hi,

    Referring to your reply
    “Hi Duff,
    You can prepare a EOI but you can’t submit until the state sponsorship application is approved.
    PC”

    What do you mean by prepare a EOI.
    Do you mean to say just fill in the EOI form and keep it as a draft
    Or
    Submit EOI completely and wait for State Application form.

    Thanks a lot for you help

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sujay,
      Depends on the state’s process – some states want you to submit your EOI and you need to provide them with this reference number before you can finalise your state sponsorship application.
      PC

      Reply
      1. duff

        thank you so much peng. I think NSW does need to ask for EOI number in order to file for nomination if im not mistaken

        Reply
  35. Harry

    I have 489 Regional Sponsored Visa for South Coast NSW so to
    get the PR there is a condition of staying the specified regional area
    for 2 years and 1 year work experience in the regional area we need to
    show. South Coast has given me sponsorship but unfortunately i am not
    able to fine the job there so is there any way that i can move out to
    other regional area and find the job there like in south Australia
    Adelaide?

    Can NSW give me NOC for moving out from the regional area.?

    Regards
    Harry

    Reply
  36. rahul

    Dear peng,
    I’m in rsms via. I’ve just completed my first year and now I moved to Melbourne. I left my employer with mutual agreement coz he doesn’t need me anymore and I tried to find a job in same area but unable
    to find any job.than I moved to city coz I got job offer from here. I’m planning to apply citizenship, does that creates any troubles to me??? Immigration does any further investigation on my citizenship application that weather I’ve completed my 2 years or not. Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Rahul,
      I don’t think they would undertake such an investigation but this is just my opinion on this matter – can’t guarantee that they won’t look into this.
      PC

      Reply
  37. vidya

    Hi peng,
    I am interested in applying for 489 visa in NSW. My question is with 489 visa do i have to live and work in specific designated area for 4 years or Do i have to live in designated area for 2 years and any regional area 2 years confused.Can you please suggest. Will i get a PR after 2 years is it 100% guaranteed(will follow all the immigration rules) and if in the future immigration rules change will that effect my chances of getting PR.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Vidya,
      You need to work in the designated regional area for 2 years before you can apply for PR under the 887 visa.
      It is possible for the law to change which can affect your eligibility, but I’m not aware of any upcoming changes to the 887 visa.
      PC

      Reply
  38. Rami

    Hi Peng,

    I am planning to apply for 190 subclass(NSW). Just want to know for software engineer(261313), what is the minimum eligibility criteria for IELTS?

    Thanks
    Regards,
    Rami

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Rami,
      Last year, there was no additional English requirement for NSW state sponsorship other than satisfying the English requirement for the visa.
      Requirements for NSW state sponsorship for the 1 Jul 2014 FY have not been released yet.
      PC

      Reply
  39. verma

    Hi Peng,
    I have recently got my suitable skill assessment from ACS with major ICT and 8+ experience.
    Now as per said that the NSW will reopen on 1st july…I am waiting to apply for NSW state sponsership
    under subclass 190.Will it be ok as I got 55 + 5 ( State Sponsership Points ) = 60
    My question is how much is or will be the current fees in july for applying NSW state sponsership and
    Moreover where is the link to find that fees structure.
    How long will NSW take to approve and give the Invitation.
    I shall be very grateful if you could answer me briefly…

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Verma,
      Need to wait for these details to be released.
      Processing time will probably be around 8-12 weeks.
      PC

      Reply
  40. verma

    Thanx peng,
    Right it just few more days…But pls do tell me how one should apply the NSW state sponsership…I mean what forms we have to fill…I have heard there are 4 forms..which are they and from where I can download them..Do I have to send them via post or is it online as like submitting the EOI..Moreover do I have to provide any evidence finding job or reference from employer while applying for NSW state sponsership..

    Reply
  41. raj

    Hi Peng,

    I have one quick question?

    I have already applied for 489 fs in vic under accounting stream , Got CO ,Submitted all docs, but got the delay email as no more spaces for this Financial year .

    My question is that can i apply for 190 NSW when it reopen in july ?

    will it have any impact on my 489 fs decision ?

    Many thanks

    Reply
      1. vikas

        Hi peng
        i have a question my case officer is been allocated for last 3 months with the genric delay mess . i am guessing they gona start processing aplication from 1july just wondering how long its gone take for Apprival after all the document submitted.
        Thanks
        vikas

        Reply
  42. John

    Hi Peng,

    Is it possible for people who got >60 points in skills assessment, and the salary of 100 K+/annum, to submit application for EOI in order to get PR without IELTs score? They do have studied their education in English medium.

    Regards,
    John

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi John,
      You need to satisfy the English requirement for the visa – there is no exemption on the basis of salary.
      PC

      Reply
  43. Anoop Mukundan

    Hi Peng,

    I have applied for eoi for regional sponsorship Murray regionin September 2013. Got 60 point .but still I haven’t got any feedback from there side till nw…its almost 10 months waiting for invitation.
    Really worried about the situation .
    Is it normal.applied for ANZSCO 323412.

    Any idea when was the last time anyone from this occupation was got eoi invitation ??

    Pls. Help me.

    Reagrds,

    Anoop

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Anoop,
      Best to call the NSW government authority to check on your application because 10 months sounds like a very long time.
      PC

      Reply
  44. Joji George

    Hi

    I have completed my skill assessment and plan to apply for NSW state sponsorship. Since it is closed till July,can I put in my EOI now or should I wait till it opens.Will my application be considered later if I apply after July since people are putting in their EOI even now.
    Please advice.
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Joji,
      Since it is closed till July,can I put in my EOI now or should I wait till it opens – that depends on the process for applying for sponsorship as specified by the NSW government authority. I’d wait until they have specified the process for applying for sponsorship.
      PC

      Reply
  45. Sush

    Hello,

    I have NSW State sponsorship PR(190) and currently moved in Sydney. If i get an opportunity to work in other states like Melbourne, can i still take it up?

    Regards
    Sush

    Reply
  46. Max

    Peng,

    I have applied for my skills assessment to Engineers Australia under Washington Accord, Is it possible to apply for NSW Sponsorship for 190 Visa prior to have positive outcome or should I wait till I receive a positive outcome?

    I am talking about state nomination application and not the 190 Visa application Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Max,
      That depends on the process for state sponsorship that is dictated by the state government authority – but you can’t apply for NSW state sponsorship until 1 Jul anwyay.
      PC

      Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      I’d wait until until the NSW state sponsorship process and requirements are released in full.

      Reply
  47. Mandeep

    I applied for state nomination in nsw in the last week of feb… But the state nominations were closed from march to july.. I want to know that when the department will declare the result for nomination and how long i have to wait…

    Reply
  48. Rohit

    Hi Peng
    can you please help me let me know if 263111 will open up for 190 visa this year on 14th July for NSW??
    as per the information on NSW website, it says all occupations on the CSOL list for 2013-14 + 3new occupations will open up for 2014-15 program.
    Can you please confirm if this would be true that 263111 will open up this year.
    SA has already marked it under special condition, which is really disheartening as it moved from high availability to special condition within 1 day and not sure if will remain like this for complete year.
    Rgds
    Rohit

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Rohit,
      Sorry I’m not sure if they occupation will be sponsored – just need to wait for the list to be released.
      PC

      Reply
  49. Sanket

    Hi,
    I am a Software Engineer and I want to apply in 489 category in NSW. Can you please tell when should I apply?
    And what are the chances of getting visas for Software Engineer? When the state will open the quota ?

    Thank you.

    Reply
  50. Roman sen

    Dear peng cheng,
    Is any chance for chef to be in nsw state sponsorship list this year? Was chef on state sponsorship list last year?
    My age is 25 , ielts 6 each , diploma in hospitality management and cert 3 in cookery. I have 15 months part time experience and 9 months full time experience. So can i apply for 190 visa , if chef added to nsw sponsorship list?
    Thank you
    Roman

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Chef should be on the NSW list this year. Can’t determine if you meet the requirements just based on the above information.

      Reply
  51. Sajib Bose

    Hi Peng,
    Currently I am holding 457 Visa. To apply for 190 Visa currently I have 55 points according to skill select point system. Now Can I apply for state sponsorship and submit my EOI at the same time? Or I have to wait to get nominated for state sponsor before submit my EOI? And when I can apply for 190 Visa? Can you please help me?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sajib,
      Each state has their own process so have a look at the relevant state government’s website. For example, WA want you to submit your EOI and then apply for state sponsorship.
      PC

      Reply
  52. hasan

    hi,

    I habe positive report from ACS and ielts 6 in all bands. if i get 5 point from state sponsership it will become 60
    I want to apply for 190. i hope 261313 will be in list for NSW.
    If it is in list then i will file eoi. what will be next step after filing EOI:
    1. Do i need to provide any additional document or any form? i saw that everything will be online now onwards.

    What i get PR grant in 190.
    is it conditional PR?
    Do i need to travel immediately after PR grant to meet 2 yrs living and 1 yr working criteria?
    Or after entering the country this condition will apply?

    second, what if can not work for 1yr in those 2 yrs?

    Please suggest. Do i need to work on IELTS and apply for 189 or i can go ahead and apply on 190.

    Regards,
    Hasan

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Hasan,
      Your PR grant will specify the date by which you need to enter Australia.
      190 visa is just a permanent resident visa – there are no condition attached.
      In terms of state sponsorship, you need to apply in accordance with the process specified by the state government authority.
      PC

      Reply
  53. Tanz

    Hi there
    My question is regarding state sponsrship. I have been searching for cook but i cant find it. Or can i apply on chef
    And i got TRA in Dec2009 it should be still valid? And i dont have any employer their who can sponser me but still can i apply sponseship? And how long does it take for visa approval?
    Because iam already on BVC
    Thanks
    Tanz

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Tanz,
      You’d need a positive skill assessment as a Chef, not Cook. SA sponsors Cook if you meet their requirements.
      PC

      Reply
  54. Naresh

    Hi Peng,
    Thanks for valuable information provided in the site.
    On reading your responses I would like to ask you a query on NSW SS program.
    1) I had given IELTS and scored L=6.5, S=6.5, R=W=6, I did not file ACS yet, Can I File ACS (how long dose it take) and apply for NSW SS in July 14, I am worried if I miss the chance of NSW SS, please suggest ?
    2) Points scored are 55 and what are other options if I miss NSW SS to migrate to other States?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Naresh,
      You need a positive skill assessment at the time that you apply for state sponsorship.
      Can’t determine the state that you should apply through just based on the above information – you’d need to complete ACS and see which occupation that you are approved for.
      PC

      Reply
  55. Shayne Nghiem

    Hi Peng Cheng,

    Currently, I have 45 points in total at the moment and hold an IELTS certificate which the overall is 7, but the W and S are 6.5. Can I still be able to apply for the state nomination in order to obtain 5 points from the state. Meanwhile, I still need to sit for IELTS exam to get 7 in each band.

    Moreover, one of the requirements is the applicant must have at least 60 points. Does this mean anyone who has lower than 60 can not apply for this sponsorship? Without the IELTS 7 or 8, this requirement is absurd. Why would anyone want to apply for this visa when they have already obtained 60 points?

    Thank you for answering my questions.

    Regards,

    Shayne

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Shayne,
      You need to be entitled to 60 points after you are approved for state sponsorship. So if you are applying for the 190 visa, then you need to have at least 55 points before the 5 points that you get for state sponsorship.
      I think that for all states, you need to be entitled to 60 points when you apply for state sponsorship (that is 60 points after state sponsorship is granted).
      PC

      Reply
  56. chamara

    Hi Peng Cheng,

    Can a 489 visa holder transfer to Adelaide within the first two years of the visa in the case that he doesn’t find professional work in the particular regional area nominated ?

    Is Adelaide a regional area or a restricted area(city) for 489 holders?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Chamara,
      You can move away form your designated and sponsoring regional area, but then you won’t be able to apply for the 887 visa which requires you to live and work in the designated regional area.
      PC

      Reply
  57. Desmond

    Hi Peng,

    Is it a must to have your work experience assessed together with your qualifications? I have obtained a positive skills assessment for my qualifications, but when i did my assessment I did not include my work experience. Would I still be able to lodge the application based on the positive skills assessment and still claim points for work experience? I am looking at both a subclass 189 and 190 visa.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Desmond,
      It is not mandatory to have the skill assessment body assess your work experience. If you can demonstrate the relevant work experience, then you can be awarded points for this and your case officer would undertake this assessment.
      PC

      Reply
  58. chamara

    Hi Peng Cheng,

    I have 50 points at now (including IELTS, Qualifications and Age) and i applied for the 489 visa (Regional NSW). I also wish to apply for the 190 NSW visa after July 14 for the Management Accountant occupation. However my birthday is on August 7th and i could only claim 30 points after my birthday for the 190 visa since i’m 24 at now.

    Do i have any option to apply for the 190 visa within July as i could pass the age at the time of processing the application. Do u have any suggestion for this as i think that NSW will stop the first session of applications before my birthday?? Sorry if it sounds stupid.. ;-(

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      I think that the relevant NSW government would only look at the points that you are currently entitled to. If you don’t have 60 points, then I don’t think that you can even apply.

      Reply
  59. sridhar

    Hi Peng,

    I am planning to apply for NSW SS. Right now I have 55 points +5 points(SS). The information which we have as of now is that they take 1000 applications per slot.My EOI is ready. Can I goahead and apply on 14th. What will be the application charges.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sridhar,
      Sure applications should now be open – check the NSW government website for current charge.
      PC

      Reply
  60. Anoop Mukundan

    Hi peng,

    i have submitted eoi for nsw regional sponsorship.
    I will have my five year experiance in August 16 which will allow me to have 60 points.
    Since I have included my training time also as experinace while lodging eoi,heard that training is not included as experience.

    suppose if I get my invitation in July itself ,as they give 60 days to apply for visa DIAC.and I apply it after august 16.as I want to be in safer side..as I will complete my five years work experinace will prove my 60 points.

    want to know when I apply to diac work experiance is calculated from the day of visa lodged date or the date when we get the invitation is recieved .

    Regards ,
    Anoop

    Reply
  61. Krishh

    Hi Peng,
    I’ve applied for 489 RSMS Visa for Orana(NSW) in Jan 2014 and still awaiting decision from DIAC. Now that NSW has reopened 190 my Mrs and myself are now eligible to apply for 190 as our occupations are listed on CSOL and we have satisfied the req points. Can u kindly provide me answers for the below questions.
    1. Will i be able to apply for a 190 visa for NSW as i’ve already recieved a 489 RSMS nomination from the same state or do i have to withdraw my 489 application.
    2. If my 489 visa is granted, Can i add myself as a secondary applicant to my wife’s 190 applicaton.

    Any information reg this would be of great help.

    Regards
    krishh

    Reply
  62. Jay

    Hi,

    I just tried to apply for NSW 190 visa in the morning.
    I started the application but I got an error in between.
    Now they are showing that it is closed for review.
    What does that mean. Will I get a chance to apply again.

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jay,
      I know that the website a number of issues today but we don’t have the information that you need – suggest that you call the NSW state authority and ask them.
      PC

      Reply
  63. senthil

    Hi,

    Today i have submiited my EOI ,but unfortuantealy not able to apply for NSW occupations,as the site opened and closed in a minitue.Kindly advice what has happened ?and what are the possiblities to apply?

    Regards,
    Senthil

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Senthil,
      I know that the website a number of issues today but we don’t have the information that you need – suggest that you call the NSW state authority and ask them.
      PC

      Reply
  64. Dharam Kppadiya

    I am trying to look for the online application link for NSW SS, but failed.

    Kindly guide me for the same, its not opened yet or closed.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Dharam,
      I know that the website a number of issues today but we don’t have the information that you need – suggest that you call the NSW state authority and ask them.
      PC

      Reply
      1. Tony

        FYI-This is what I have found on the site. Does this mean the application is closed in a day already?

        NSW was pleased to receive a high number of applications in the first 2014-15 intake. We are currently reviewing the applications received and will make an announcement regarding further opening in due course. The online application system will not be available until further notice.

        Reply
        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          We don’t have this information – suggest that you call the NSW government authority to confirm what their plans are.

          Reply
  65. Denilson

    Did you guys have found the online form?

    I have been looking for this form for half an hour without sucess.

    Cheers!

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Website states: NSW was pleased to receive a high number of applications in the first 2014-15 intake. We are currently reviewing the applications received and will make an announcement regarding further opening in due course. The online application system will not be available until further notice.

      Reply
  66. Shiva

    Hi peng!
    I access form and even made payment but failed to upload
    Any document and failed to select intended nomination ( general) accounting. Since
    Website was not showing those info at the time. I even put wrong email
    Address so didn’t received any confirmation of payment but I have the receipt number. I was curious will it b invalid if I miss those field. I send mail and uploaded regarding the issue to the given inquiry email address.
    Wot u think they will accept it as a conditional or reject it?

    Regards
    Shiva

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Shiva,
      Suggest that you call NSW state sponsorship as we don’t have this information.
      PC

      Reply
  67. vinothkannan

    Hi,

    I am planning to apply for regional sponsored visa in NSW, would like to know what is the difference between state sponsored 190 visa and regional sponsored 187 Visa apart from number of years for VISA. I would like to settle down in Australia.

    Regards,
    Vinoth

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Vinoth,
      187 is an employer sponsored PR visa. 190 is a state sponsored PR visa.
      Eligibility requirements for these 2 visas are very different.
      PC

      Reply
  68. Adam

    Hi Cheng

    My query is regarding the happening on 14 july 2014 with NSW Server.It is mentioned on website that it is closed till further notification on due course.I just want to know that will they open 14 july intake again or we have to wait for oct intake only..Because i have number of files of customer for this state.

    Even i see on immi.gov.au that due to some reason they are going to make eoi panel inactive on 20 july to 21 july till 4 AM.
    Regards:-
    Adam

    Reply
  69. Aaron

    Hi !
    I have one simple query :
    – I have already submitted EOI for one skill category ( Skill Code 261111 Visa 189, 190 ). Is it possible to submit another EOI for a different category ( Skill code 135111 , Visa 190 ), while first EOI is still active ?

    Regards

    Reply
  70. DIBAR

    Hi Peng
    Luckily I could submit the form for NSW SS on 14/07 for System Administraotr. I have submitted all the relevent files. Got ACK mail and Payment receipt with reference number. Is there still a chances that state can reject my application and wont send the invitation?

    Reply
  71. Anoop Mukundan

    Hi peng,

    As I have submitted my application in august 2013 for 489 regional sponsorship in Murray region and my occupation is tool maker which is suspended now.
    Due to some miscommunication with regional assessing officer they have not processed my application.when I called them this July after almost one year they have told me to resend the application again,when asked weather they gonna process it,they said they will see to it since I have applied long back in august 2013.

    Can you let me know can I get the invitation?
    Even if I get invitation will my application be on hold in diac if I submitted for visa grant since the occupation is suspended in that particular region.

    Pls. Suggest what to do ?
    Should I proceed with my application or should I submit to new area where my occupation is open.?
    Regards,
    Anoop

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Only the NSW state government body can tell you how they will deal with your application.
      You need state sponsorship approval before you will get an invitation from DIAC.
      Maybe looking for state sponsorship from another state is an option – I’m not aware of any state that sponsors that occupation.

      Reply
  72. prdp

    Hi Peng,
    I have completed ME from UOW, NSW on 2010-2012 with 48 credit points, am I eligible to clam for Australian Study Requirements.
    Regards,
    prdp

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Prdp,
      You need to satisfy the below requirement to claim 5 points:

      You can receive five points if you have completed one or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications for award through a course or courses taken at an Australian educational institution.

      Your course or courses must:

      be registered through the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Course for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
      have been completed in a total of at least 16 calendar months
      have been completed as a result of at least two academic years of study
      have given all instruction in English
      have been completed while you were physically in Australia
      have been completed while you held a visa authorising you to study in Australia.
      A course can be counted only once towards the Australian study requirement. Any failed course subject cannot be counted.

      As evidence that you completed the course or courses, you need to provide:

      a certified copy of a completion letter from your educational institution, including
      the dates the course began and ended
      the date the course requirements were met
      the location of the campus where you studied
      certified copies of course transcripts.
      Two academic years of study is defined as 92 weeks of study in a course or courses registered by CRICOS. CRICOS determines a standard duration (number of weeks) for each course.

      This is a measure of the amount of study you have completed, rather than of how long it took you to do it. The study does not have to be full time.

      You can take longer to complete course work, but you will be credited with the number of weeks that CRICOS determines as a standard duration. For example, if it takes you 92 weeks to complete a course that CRICOS says should take 78 weeks, you will receive credit for 78 weeks only.

      If you are given credit for prior learning, you could be exempt from taking a relevant course. An exempted course cannot be counted towards the Australian study requirement. Credit cannot be counted on the basis of study done either overseas or within Australia in a non-CRICOS registered course.

      The 92 weeks of study could contribute towards the award of one of more acceptable qualifications. In this instance, the courses of study need not have been done within a 24-month period. It is possible to have a break between completing the first course and beginning the second.

      PC

      Reply
  73. Neeraj arora

    Hi peng

    I am now on 485 visa . Unable to lodge nsw ss . Still have 55 points
    Doing nursing ( registered nurse job) in Sydney for more then
    20 hours per week from last 1year . Can I claim 5 points for
    Experiance to apply. 189 sub class visa .

    Thanks
    Neeraj

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Neeraj,
      Sure – you can claim points for work experience if you worked as a registered nurse and it was over 20 hours per week.
      PC

      Reply
  74. Shaz M

    Hi Peng,

    Im currently on subclass 485 Graduate Visa. I have already scored 55 points – Age: 30, Education: 20, NAATI: 5, i am currently enrolled for professional year for Accounting as well.

    My question is to you that, can i apply for state sponsorship for NSW for next intake? I have IELTS 7 in each band except (W:6.5) and my Accounting degree was assest for my Temporary Residency visa (485).

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Shaz,
      Sure if you satisfy the requirements, you can try and lodge an application as that occupation is sponsored.
      PC

      Reply
  75. Erika P

    Hi Peng,

    I have a quick question… I’ve been granted with a 190 visa (NSW) a month ago, but I recently got an offer from my job in Victoria for an ongoing position in my field. I was getting ready to move from Melb to Syd, but I can’t refuse this opportunity here. I wanted to send a letter to NSW government asking for a release from my 2 years commitment but I read in its FAQ’s that they don’t give letter of release from that commitment… What can I do? What would be the best way to do things right?

    Thanks in advance!

    Erika

    Reply
  76. Md. Rahman

    I have applied for 489 (sponsored-provisional) visa and I wish I would be granted on next month. In that case would I be eligible to apply for 190…….if the answer is yes then do I have to lodge a EOI again to be nominated/invited to apply for 190 visa.

    Reply
  77. Anil

    Hi peng ,
    I hold australian diploma and I m working in related field , if I do TRA then I will get 5 points as a partners skills to file pr or not cause my wife have 55 points . I have diploma in baking Ian i m working as baker.
    Thank you
    Anil

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      To claim 5 points, you need to demonstrate:
      Partner skills

      You can receive five points if, when you are invited to apply for this visa, your partner provides evidence that they:

      were under 50 years of age
      had at least competent English
      had nominated an occupation on the same skilled occupation list as your nominated occupation
      had been assessed by the relevant assessing authority as having suitable skills for the nominated occupation.

      PC

      Reply
  78. Vicky

    If I have done the skill assessment a month back from ACS for the skill “Business Analyst’ and it has been positive. Can I apply for another skill assessment to ACS for the skill “Software Engineer”.

    Reply
  79. chamara

    Hi Peng,

    I have a question to ask from you regarding the 887 PR Visa that could be gained with the accomplishment of conditions attached with the 489 visa. Can someone gain 887 visa even if their occupation is not available in either SOL or CSOL at the time of applying for the 887 visa? (given he/she has completed 2 years stay in a regional area of Australia and worked full time for a one year). Generally the SOL and CSOL is subjected to be changed within 2 years and if the relevant occupation is removed, will it have any impact for the 887 visa?

    Thank You

    Reply
  80. ricky

    I read all your comments regarding 489 state sponsership. you said we can not move any other rehe truth regional area but the truth is we can move if we get relieve letter from nominated area council then we can live two years in any regional area and work dere for 1 year and for sure eligible for 887.
    Thanks.

    Reply
  81. Sarah

    Hi Peng, my current visa is 572 (dependent) may i know whether i can apply 190 visa as themain applicant upon receiving an invitation?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sarah,
      Check your current visa to see if there is any condition on it which will prevent you from lodging a 190 visa application. If no such condition is on your visa, then you should be able to lodge a valid application.
      PC

      Reply
  82. Arun Raj

    Hi,

    I had Applied for 489 visa to southern inland on 17 July 2014, still now CO is not allocated. What will be the processing time and when I can expect my visa?

    Arun

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Arun,
      That just depends on the work load of that case officer. Generally speaking, you should get a decision in around 2-4 weeks time.
      PC

      Reply
  83. John

    Dear Peng,

    John here, applied 489 family sponsored EOI on 28th february still waiting for invitation any suggestion from your side when will I get or expect one?. Thanks

    Regards,

    John

    Reply
  84. usman

    Hi
    I have a question that to claim partner points do she/he need to do ielts to assess his/her degree. My partner did MBA finance and did she need to get 7 each in ielts to assess her degree from CPA?

    thanks

    Usman

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Usman,
      Yes your partner would need to obtain a positive skill assessment for an eligible occupation, as well as satisfy the English requirement:

      Partner skills

      You can receive five points if, when you are invited to apply for this visa, your partner provides evidence that they:

      were under 50 years of age
      had at least competent English
      had nominated an occupation on the same skilled occupation list as your nominated occupation
      had been assessed by the relevant assessing authority as having suitable skills for the nominated occupation.

      PC

      Reply
  85. Xiangjian Tan

    Dear Peng,

    Tan here. I am interested to apply for State sponsorship visa (190). I have 3 year University Lectureship experience back in overseas (in my home country). I am about to complete my PhD at Sydney Uni. As it is stated in 190 visa that “Visa holder need to spend 2 year in the sponsoring state (nsw in my case). Also, Citizenship requirement is that applicant need to spend 4 years lawfully which includes 1 year on permanent residency. I want to ask that,” as i have spend 3 years on student visa and australian citizenship require 4 years stay lawfully. Do i need to spend 1 year or 2 year on state sponsorship visa”. 1 Year on state sponsorship will make me eligible for citizenship (3 year student visa+ 1year on 190 visa). Can you please guide me in this regards.

    Thanks
    Tan

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Tan,
      You’d need spend another 12 months as a PR holder before you can apply for citizenship:
      If you became a permanent resident on or after 1 July 2007 the residence requirement is:
      You must have been living in Australia on a valid Australian visa for 4 years immediately before applying, including 1 year as a permanent resident, and
      You must not have been absent from Australia for more than 1 year during the 4 year period, including no more than 90 days in the year immediately before applying.
      PC

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      1. Xiangjian Tan

        Hi Peng

        Thank you for your prompt response. Indeed, its very helpful. Thank you for it. I still has little confusion with regard to 2 Year stay in nsw on 190 visa because the nsw website (http://www.business.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw/visa-and-migration/skilled-sponsored-migration) Says “Live and work in NSW for the first two years of your visa”. After PhD i would be in sydney for 3 years. So do i still need to wait for 2 years on 190 visa to apply for citizenship?

        Also, 190 visa allow me to stay anywhere in nsw or it is upto the nsw state to decide where i will settle. From this, i mean to say that do they have condition like “Applicants might be asked to settle in remote regional areas of nsw instead of Sydney or they are free to settle anywhere in nsw?

        Thank you once again PC

        Sincerely
        Tan

        Reply
        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          The residency requirement for citizenship is:

          If you became a permanent resident on or after 1 July 2007 the residence requirement is:
          You must have been living in Australia on a valid Australian visa for 4 years immediately before applying, including 1 year as a permanent resident, and
          You must not have been absent from Australia for more than 1 year during the 4 year period, including no more than 90 days in the year immediately before applying.

          You can live anywhere in NSW as a 190 visa holder.

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  86. parag

    Hi Peng,

    Just wondering is there any hope of getting marketing specialist or customer service manager back on NSW list or not ?

    Reply
  87. Dhyana

    Hi Peng

    I have applied for the 190 subclass visa and submitted the EOI on july 10th 2014 for NSW. I haven’t yet received any invitation. I have exactly 60points. Could please let me know how much time it would take and also , do I need to submit/courier any supporting documents to NSW so that I can be invited to apply for the Visa.
    Your reply on this is highly appreciated.

    Best Regards
    Dhyana

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Dhyana,
      Suggest that you call the NSW state government authority if you need an update in relation to your application – we don’t have this information.
      PC

      Reply
  88. Reza

    Dear Peng,
    I have recently finished Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from University of Newcastle, Australia. I am 30 years old now. I have already assessed my undergraduate degree in Materials Engineering by Engineers Australia and my qualification is in the NSW SOL list . I am planning to apply for NSW State Nominated 190 visa soon. My questions are:

    1. From NSW Trade and Investment website I found that the application will be open on 14 th October 2014. Does it mean 00:00 hrs or just midnight on 14 th October 2014 the application will be open and from the previous 14th July intake do you know usually within how many hrs 1000 quota get filled out or the application get close?

    2. After applying if I get the state nomination and 190 visa from immigration, is it compulsory to live in NSW for 2 years? For example, if I do not get any professional job in NSW and in the mean time if I get a job offer from Queensland, can I apply to immigration to consider my case and request them to waive the condition to let me move to Queensland while I am still having the 190 visa.

    I would be grateful if you please answer the questions.

    Regards
    Reza

    Reply
  89. ehab

    hi,
    NSW accept 1000 application per round for 190 visa nomination, does this mean that all the applicant will be nominated? and does nomination grant the visa.
    how long does it take for issuing the visa for applicants who have 60 points?
    which is better for me to apply for visa 190 with score of 60 points or visa 489 with score of 65 points?
    my wife is pregnant is it possible to change the number of the dependents after nomination or while processing the visa?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ehab,
      Think they will only issue invitations to applicants that are assessed as eligible.
      Not sure what processing times are like – suggest that you call the NSW state government authority.
      You should be able to add a newborn to the visa application.
      PC

      Reply
      1. ehab

        hi sir,
        thank you for your advice, would you mind answering the above question:
        which is better for me to apply for visa 190 with score of 60 points or visa 489 with score of 65 points?

        thank you

        Reply
          1. Ehab

            Thanks for your response.
            Does each Visa type has an assigned number of applicants to fill? For example, if Visa 190 has a 100 vacancies, it will be issued for the highest points of 100 applicants. And the same case will be applied for Visa 489.

            Or, DIBP arrange the two hundreds applicants from the highest scores to the lowest and then issue to them the visas. This may lead that Visa 489 may be issued to 150 applicants and Visa 190 to 50 only. So, if I have more points regardless the type of visa, my chance will be greater.

            Thank you

  90. Sanj

    The Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa Sub Class 489 states that, ‘The holder of the visa must stay, work or study in the nominated region for 2 years and be employed for atleast 1 year’.

    Having been granted the 489 Visa (nominated occupation being an accountant) and already moved to Peth WA, my question to you is –

    Have you confirmed with DIMP that the obligation does NOT require one to work in their nominated occupation?

    Jobs are hard to come by and I do not want to take something and be told later that it was a wrong move.

    I await your response. Thank you.

    Reply

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