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  • Writer's pictureElan Rysher

Skilled Migration Program Reopens in Victoria

Victoria is the latest State to bring its Skilled Migration nomination program back to life. Nominations have been on hold since July 2020 and candidates have been eagerly waiting for news on when they might resume.

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On 2 September, the Victorian Government announced that it will be opening its 2020-21 Victorian skilled visa nomination program (subclass 190 and 491) on Tuesday 8 September, 2020.

Until the federal budget is delivered on 6 October, Victoria will only select candidates to apply for Victorian visa nomination if their Registration of Interest demonstrates they are working in health or medical research and contributing to Victoria’s economic recovery and/or health response.

Changes to the selection process have been put in place. To be considered for Victorian visa nomination, candidates must submit a Registration of Interest (ROI) for Victorian State Visa Nomination. This is in addition to the Expression of Interest (EOI) which is submitted on SkillSelect. At this stage, Victorian ROIs must be submitted by 5pm 21 September 2020.

To be eligible to submit a ROI candidates must:

  • be currently living in Victoria, and

  • be currently employed in Victoria (minimum six months), and

  • work in a highly skilled occupation in health or medical research, which supports Victoria’s economic recovery and/or health response.

Victoria will then select the best candidates to apply for a skilled visa nomination.

A ROI is not an application for Victorian visa nomination. If you are selected to apply for Victorian visa nomination, you will then need to submit a separate nomination application.

Victoria will only contact candidates if they are selected to apply for Victorian visa nomination.  There are no set timeframes for selection.

With limited nomination places available, the program is highly selective and targeted. Victoria will provide further information following advice from the Department of Home Affairs after 6 October. Interested individuals should check Victoria's skilled visa website for further information.


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