New NSW(Capital is Sydney) State nomination process from Feb 2015
NSW is introducing a selection-based invitation process in 2015. This will be implemented from February 2015 onwards.
Under the selection and invitation process for the 190 program, prospective candidates can only apply for NSW nomination if they have been selected from SkillSelect and invited by NSW Trade & Investment.
NSW will be sourcing and selecting candidates who have submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect and indicated that they wish to be considered for NSW nomination for a 190 visa.
The selection process will be competitive. NSW will rank candidates based on core criteria which is: firstly, a candidate’s DIBP points score, then their English ability, and then their skilled employment. Where candidates score the same on these core criteria at time of selection, they will be further ranked based on the date and time that their EOI was submitted in SkillSelect.
The top-ranking candidates will be the first to be invited to apply and NSW will determine how many invitations are issued on an ongoing basis.
The 2015 NSW Occupations list will be published in the first week of February 2015.
Check out the list of key steps for candidates: http://www.trade.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw/visas-and-immigration/skilled-nominated-migration-190/nsw-nomination-process-in-2015