NSW Subclass 190 State Nomination Update - 22 October Intake
By Mark Webster
Tuesday, 04 November 2014
Insights from 22 October IntakeThe intake on 22 October was open for approximately 3.5 hours from 10 am through to 1:30 pm. During this time, it was clear that there was much more demand on the NSW servers, and a number of technical issues were experienced. For instance:
- Loading the application form was very slow, with frequent server timeouts
- When the application form did load, certain controls did not load properly - particularly the occupation selector and date selectors. This made it difficult to proceed with lodgement
- Even where it was possible to load and complete the form, the next page (credit card details) would generally not load - either an error message would display (eg invalid email address) or the server would timeout.
Project 190 ReportFor clients participating in Project 190, our success rate for lodgement was over 50% - far better than our rate in the first intake in July. In particular, having our clients attend our office allowed them to learn from other peoples' experience in real time. We also developed a few techniques on the day to make it possible for our clients to proceed with lodgement even if the form did not load properly. We consider Project 190 had a significant positive impact on the ability for our clients to be able to lodge despite the severe difficulties experienced with the load on NSW servers. However, we are still not satisfied and will work on improving Project 190 to make it possible for our clients to continue to have the best possible chance of success.
Likely Upcoming Changes to NSW 190 State NominationNSW acknowledges that the "first in, first served" methodology of selecting 190 candidates is not the best solution. We consider it likely that NSW will make a significant change and move to an "Expression of Interest" style system for the next intake in February 2014. Whilst we do not as yet have details on the exact process, the new system may incorporate the following features which are consistent with the Commonwealths' EOI system for General Skilled Migration:
- Open for longer: the intake may be open for a few weeks, allowing more applicants to lodge, and leading to fewer systems issues
- Points-based Selection: applicants with the highest points score may be selected first
- Occupational Selection: we believe that certain occupations make up a high proportion of 190 nominations received by NSW so far (eg Accountants, IT professionals). Quotas may apply for each occupation, which would result in a broader range of occupations nominated