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Change to NSW Requirements for 491 Visa Nomination - Pathway 1

491 visa

Previously, applicants for Pathway 1 were required to have been living and working in a designated regional area of NSW for at least 12 months with a single regional NSW - based employer, among other requirements.

Effective immediately, NSW have reduced the employment duration requirement to 6 months.

Applicants must now be currently living and working in a designated regional area of NSW and have continuously done so for the past 6 months, instead of the previous 12 months.

This change means that more skilled workers will be eligible to apply for the Skilled Work Regional 491 Visa (subclass 491) under Pathway 1, opening up opportunities for those who have been contributing to the regional economy and communities for six months.

Remaining Criteria:

  • Employment must be with a single regional NSW-based employer working from an established business premises in regional NSW.

  • The role must be in the applicant's nominated (or closely related) occupation.

  • The occupation must be deemed skilled by NSW.

  • Applicants must be paid a minimum of the TSMIT salary level of $70,000 (prorated if under 38 hours per week) from their qualifying employer in the nominated (or closely related) occupation in the 6 months immediately before applying.


To review your visa options and understand your eligibility, book a consultation with one of our experienced Registered Migration Agents today.

Disclaimer: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and does not constitute immigration advice. For more detailed and case-specific information or advice, please get in touch with SCA Connect.

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