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Skilled visa nomination

Places filled

Skilled nominated visa (subclass 190) - State nomination program

2,500 places were allocated to Victoria. As at 30 June 2021, for the 2020-21 program 7,157 ROIs were received and 2,035 applications were made for Victorian visa nomination.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) - State nomination program

1,043 places were allocated to Victoria. As at 30 June 2021, for the 2020-21 program 1,403 ROIs were received and 326 applications were made for Victorian visa nomination.

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa provides opportunities for skilled professionals to gain further work experience in Regional Victoria. Subclass 491 visa holders may be eligible to then apply for the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191).

Places as at 30 June 2021

Registrations of Interest selected

Subclass 190
As at 30 June 2021, 2,187 of 7,157 ROIs have been selected to apply for Victorian visa nomination.

Subclass 491
As at 30 June 2021, 377 of 1,403 ROIs have been selected to apply for Victorian visa nomination.

Meet some of our most recent skilled migrants

Subclass 190 selections

Registrations of Interest - business days to selection

The number of business days between ROI submission and eventual selection varied considerably in the 2020-21 program year.

Our ROI selection considerations:

  • The most competitive ROIs were selected within 30 days
  • All remaining eligible ROIs stay in the selection pool to be considered for selection at a later date
  • We generally make selections every 4 to 6 weeks throughout the year but this can vary

Applicants with an existing ROI should only submit a new ROI if there are significant changes to be made.

Representation by an agent

Of all skilled applications submitted (following ROI selection) in 2020-21, 45% of applicants were represented by an agent.

Business days to selection

Australian qualifications

For the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021, 70% of all nominated applicants held an Australian qualification.  6% of all nominated applicants held a PhD, of which more than 72% were from Australian universities.

These numbers demonstrate that Australian qualified migrants are well regarded by Victorian employers and are able to meet other eligibility requirements for Victorian nomination. Potential applicants, including those with PhDs awarded by Victorian institutions, are encouraged to submit a Registration of Interest if they meet the relevant eligibility criteria for either subclass 190 or subclass 491 visa nomination.

Nominated applicants' qualifications

Skilled subclasses 190 and 491 - occupations selected

Health occupations featured strongly from the Registrations of Interest that were selected to apply. This is due to the requirement that the applicant’s work supports Victoria’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Processing times - subclass 190

  • 75% of applications: 27 days
  • 90% of applications: 37 days

Processing times - subclass 491

  • 75% of applications: 37 days
  • 90% of applications: 51 days

Visa processing times are updated monthly, providing you with an indicative timeframe in business days for processing applications. Last updated 30 June 2021.

Skilled applications - success rate

ROI selection does not guarantee Victorian visa nomination. In 2020-21, 1,908 applications for skilled visa nomination were assessed and finalised. 85% of these applications were nominated.

If you're selected to apply for visa nomination, ensure you provide accurate information and documents to maximise your chances of success. Applications may also be rejected because they do not meet the eligibility requirements. Our requirements have changed for the 2021-22 program. Please see the relevant page for further information before submitting a ROI or application for visa nomination:

Occupations selected

Overseas Qualifications Unit

Our Overseas Qualifications Unit (OQU) offers free and confidential assessment services to have your qualifications recognised in Australia and help you secure work.

In 2020-21, the OQU assessed over 1,200 overseas qualifications allowing migrants like Karolina to further their career in Australia. Half of these qualifications were assessed to be the equivalent of an Australian Bachelors degree with a further 19% found to be equivalent to a Masters degree.

The most common countries of origin for overseas qualifications were India, Iran, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. As the chart demonstrates, you do not need to be on a skilled migrant visa to take advantage of the OQU's free services.

Visa type of qualification holder

Business and investor visa nomination

132 - Significant Business History and Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream

92 applications have been received. As at 30 June 2021, 54 were nominated, 37 were not successful and 1 was withdrawn.

All nominated applications will contribute to our economic recovery or health response. Applicants will undertake business activity that will provide exceptional economic benefit to Victoria.

The Department of Home Affairs repealed this visa on 1 July 2021. The Victorian Government stopped accepting new nomination applications for subclasses 132A and 132B as at 31 March 2021, and the Department of Home Affairs required all nominations be submitted by 27 April 2021.

Successful applications in the Significant Business History stream (132A) will:

  • grow capabilities in Victoria's strategic sectors
  • drive significant employment in these sectors
  • increase expertise and experience in the Victorian workforce.

Businesses proposed under this visa stream need to demonstrate strong alignment with one of Victoria’s Strategic Sectors outlined in the 2020 Invest Victoria International Investment Strategy.

188 - Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)

All successful applicants in the business innovation stream (188A) will demonstrate innovation in either product or process. Highly educated applicants with business plans that are aligned to their business background combined with a long-term commitment to business and investment in Victoria will be held in high regard. All applicants in the business innovation stream must provide evidence of English skills.

188B Investor stream applicants will ideally be experienced, high net-worth, professional investors who will help fund growth in Victoria's start-up economy.

The table below provides a summary of the Business Innovation and Investment program as at 30 June 2021.

Visa typeApplicationsNominations
188A 497 267
188B 158112
188C 162 144
188E 3123
Total848546

Subclass 188 applications

Processing times - subclass 188

188A, B, E
  • 75% of applications: 17 days
  • 90% of applications: 20 days
188C SIV
  • 75% of applications: 7 days
  • 90% of applications: 9 days

Visa processing times are updated monthly, providing you with an indicative timeframe in business days for processing applications. Last updated 30 June 2021.

888 - Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent)

The table below provides a summary of the 2020-21 program.

Visa typeApplicationsNominations
888A 759 710
888B 121 109
888C 237 219

Processing times - subclass 888

888A, B, E
  • 75% of applications: 17 days
  • 90% of applications: 19 days
888C SIV
  • 75% of applications: 9 days
  • 90% of applications: 11 days

Visa processing times are updated monthly, providing you with an indicative timeframe in business days for processing applications. Last updated 30 June 2021.

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