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NSW to expand skilled occupation list for regional visa 491

Regional New South Wales appears keen on inviting visa applications from more skilled workers. Source: Getty Images

New South Wales is all set to add more occupations to its Skilled Occupation List for the Skilled Work Regional visa (Subclass 491) from 1 April. The state will stop accepting applications under the ‘Living and working outside of regional NSW’ stream.

Migration agents have been informed by New South Wales officials that the new list will include a broader range of occupations.

The Skilled Work Regional visa (Subclass 491) is a provisional visa for skilled workers. Under this visa, the New South Wales Government can nominate eligible qualified applicants who will commit to working in critical sectors in regional areas of the state.


Highlights:

  • NSW will expand its Skilled Occupation List for Skilled Work Regional visa (Subclass 491).
  • The updated list will be available from 1 April and will include a broader range of occupations.
  • From 1 April, NSW will not accept applications under ‘Living and working outside of regional NSW’ stream.

“The NSW Skilled Occupation List for the Skilled Work Regional visa (Subclass 491) will be expanded from 1 April 2021 to include a broader range of occupations,” reads the statement.

The updated list will be available from 1 April on the NSW government’s website.

Migration agent Chaman Preet says the announcement looks very promising.

“This announcement looks very promising in the current circumstances. The expansion of the occupation list comes as a ray of hope for many, although it does exclude those who are not living in regional NSW,” says Ms Preet of Migration and Education Experts.

Lucknow, NSW
Regional NSW.
Vivek Kumar/SBS

From 1 April, New South Wales will stop accepting applications under the ‘Living and working outside of regional NSW’ stream. This means applications pertaining to living and working in regional New South Wales alone will be entertained in this visa category.

Officials have also announced that candidates can continue to apply under Stream 1 (Living and working in regional NSW) and Stream 2 (Recently completed study in regional NSW).

Ms Preet says it is very important for visa hopefuls to strategise in order to maximise their chances of getting the state nomination.

Disclaimer: Information contained in this segment is general in nature and is not specific advice. If you would like accurate information relevant to your situation, please consult a registered migration agent.

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