Month: March 2011

NSW State Migration Plan Released

The New South Wales (NSW) State Migration Plan comes into effect on 3 March 2011. The NSW Government will nominate applicants with high level skills and experience required in Sydney for subclasses 176 and 886 visas and in regional NSW for the subclass 475 and 487 visas.

Skilled occupation eligibility lists are provided on the NSW Government Trade and Investment website and are subject to change. Information on NSW sponsorship lists can be accessed at here. The NSW State Migration plan currently includes 138 occupations, 18 occupations of which are not listed on the Department of Immigration’s new Skilled Occupation List.

In order to be eligible for NSW State sponsorship, in addition to nominating an occupation on the NSW skilled occupation list, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be under 50 years of age
  • have qualifications and experience in the NSW skilled occupation list
  • attain 65 points on the DIAC skills test
  • have had your skills assessed by the appropriate Australian assessing authority.
  • have the English language skills specified for your occupation.
  • have been in paid employment on a full time basis in your nominated occupation for the period specified.

Applicants should be aware that a cap exists on the number of skilled migrant places that the NSW Department of Trade and Investment will sponsor each year.

If you are a skilled worker interested in applying for sponsorship by the NSW Government, please contact us for assistance.

This is general information only and does not constitute legal advice.


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