NSW 491 NOMINATION OPEN DATE, 188/132 VISAS RE-OPEN DATE
NSW 491 Nomination
Mr Zane Rebronja – Associate Director, NSW Business and Skilled Migration – NSW Treasury who expressed in the recent Migration Agents session that the open date for NSW 491 likely in the new financial year which means it is on or after 1 July.
The delay of commencement was due to NSW bushfires and COVID19, there have been some major pushbacks in relation to the 491 visa being rolled out in NSW.
The NSW skilled occupation list will remain more or less the same, certain occupations may be added or removed as we continue to assess the damage caused by COVID-19.
At present there are approximately 60,000 EOI lodged in the system for NSW. NSW will continue to be very selective for the invitation to apply. Onshore applicants will be given priority. Whilst the standard processing time is 12 weeks for NSW nomination, assuming all of the documents are in place, the nominations can be finalised much sooner.
Unfortunately there is no way to expedite an application on compelling or compassionate reasons (e.g. applicant’s current visa is due to expire), applicants will need to make arrangements to apply for another visa if applicable.
He also expressed that that both subclasses 132/188 hopefully will re-open on 1 July 2020, however there is no guarantee that the exact date or the number of places available as the final number of places allocated for next financial year will be determined by the Department of Home Affairs(DoHA). In most cases the numbers asked by NSW align with the numbers allocated by DoHA which is good news.
It is unlikely that there will be any major changes to 132/188 visa programmes, it is encouraged to check with NSW State site for the most update information.