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NSW State Nomination Programme Reopens Next Week

NSW State Nomination Programme Reopens Next Week

British expat 4The government of New South Wales has announced that it will reopen applications for the 2014/15 Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) programme next Monday.

The state will introduce a number of new initiatives in the 2014/15 migration year which are designed to align the NSW Skilled Nominated visa programme with the skills requirements of the NSW economy. Key points about the program in 2014/15 are:

–  All applications for 2014-15 will be lodged electronically through a new online system;

– Applications will be open for four intakes per year with a maximum of 1,000 applications per intake. Applications will open on 14th July, 14th October, 19th January and 14th April;

– Application intakes will remain open for 4-6 weeks

– The NSW Skilled Occupation List will be expanded and will include all occupations on the 2013/14 NSW Skilled Occupation List as well as those occupations added to the federal Skilled Occupations List by the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency in 2014. The state skills list will be updated on the following dates: 14th July, 1st October, 7th January and 1st April.

New South Wales, and the other Australian states, run Skilled Nominated programmes in order to attract highly skilled people in a range of occupations to contribute to the state’s future skills needs. As the programme is rolled out over 2014/15, NSW will closely monitor the programme and will adjust eligibility criteria, including occupational eligibility, as