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The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent visa for skilled migrants. You must receive nomination from Victoria before you can apply for the visa.

If you are in Australia, you must be living in Victoria at the time of your nomination.

If you are living in Victoria and claiming annual earnings in your ROI:

  • You must support all your claims of earnings with documents in your application.
    • You will be required to provide a current employment contract, your most recent four weeks of pay slips, an extract from your superannuation account showing the most recent contribution from your employer, and a position description that describes your role.
    • During our assessment of your nomination application, we may require additional pay slips or an employment reference. If so, we will ask for this during our assessment.
  • Any earnings you are claiming must be from skilled employment in Victoria. Skilled employment includes any role that is at skill levels 1, 2 or 3 in the relevant ANZSCO classification.
  • You can find more information on annual earnings on the Annual Earnings Estimation Guide page.
  • You must be committed to living in Victoria.
  • You will need to have a valid Skills Assessment and meet the requirements listed below.

Skills Assessment

Your nominated occupation must be on the eligible skilled occupation list for this visa.

  • Your nominated occupation in your Skills Assessment must match your Expression of Interest (EOI) with the Department of Home Affairs.
  • When you submit your nomination application, your Skills Assessment must have at least 12 weeks validity remaining.

Registration of Interest

  • To be considered for selection to apply for Victorian visa nomination, you must submit a Registration of Interest (ROI).
  • The information you provide as part of your SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI) with the Department of Home Affairs, will be used in the assessment of your ROI. This means we will only be asking a few questions for your ROI. It is important that you keep your SkillSelect EOI up to date, including where you are currently living.
  • The Registration of Interest page contains further information on assessment and selection. If you have submitted a Registration of Interest but have not received an email inviting you to apply for Victorian nomination, you cannot apply.
  • We will not be selecting ROIs from onshore applicants living in Australian states and territories other than Victoria.
  • There is no guarantee that your ROI will be selected. View our Registration of Interest page for more information on our selection considerations.

Age

  • You must be under 45 years of age at the time of nomination.

English language

  • You must have at least Competent English.
  • When you submit your nomination application, your English test must have at least 12 weeks validity remaining.

Points

  • You must have at least 65 points on the Australian Government’s points test, including the 5 points for state and territory nomination.

Commitment to Victoria

  • You must be committed to living in Victoria
  • State nomination cannot be transferred from one state to another.
  • We will not be nominating onshore applicants living in Australian states and territories other than Victoria.

Declaration form

If you are nominated, you must meet the nomination obligations that you signed in the Declaration Form.

Commitment to Victoria

You must be committed to living and working in Victoria. State nomination cannot be transferred from one state to another.

Surveys

If you are nominated, we will contact you at various times to complete surveys. These surveys provide us important feedback on our client services and policy settings.

Department of Home Affairs and SkillSelect

The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for all visa matters. This includes once you have been nominated by the Victorian Government and have submitted your visa application.

All SkillSelect and EOI issues should also be directed to the Department of Home Affairs.

Respond within 2 weeks

We may ask you for more information by email.

  • You will have 2 weeks to provide the requested information.
  • If you do not respond within two weeks, we may refuse your application. Please check your junk mail and ensure the email address no-reply-gems@liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au is added to your list of valid email addresses.

Incomplete applications

You must submit a complete application, including all relevant evidence to support your eligibility claims.

Do not ask for updates on your application

Please do not ask for an update on your application. We assess all applications in order of when they were submitted.

The assessment team is also responsible for responding to enquiries and we prioritise assessment of applications. Unnecessary enquiries slow down application processing times.

Submit your application via the portal

You must submit your application and all documents via the Live in Melbourne portal. We will not accept any applications or documents via email.

Withdrawal

You can withdraw your subclass 190 application at any stage. Please Contact Us to withdraw your application.

For Registrations of Interest (ROI), you must withdraw your ROI using the Live in Melbourne portal only.

Nomination application fees

The Victorian Government does not charge any application fees for nomination.

Changes to eligibility requirements:

All visa nomination eligibility requirements and priorities are subject to change throughout the year without notice.

Any changes made are effective immediately, regardless of when your EOI in SkillSelect was submitted (or amended). We strongly discourage changing your circumstances to meet the visa nomination criteria.

The Victorian Government endeavours to ensure all information on the Live in Melbourne website reflects the current eligibility requirements. The Live in Melbourne website is the authoritative source for information about our program.

False and misleading information

If you provide false or misleading information as part of your nomination application, you will be refused. We may also report it to the Department of Home Affairs who can conduct their own investigation.

We conduct verification checks on many of the documents you provide. This includes contacting employers and institutions directly to confirm whether the documents are genuine.

If you are aware of instances, or yourself are pressured to submit an application with false and misleading information, we encourage you to report this to the Department of Home Affairs.

Nomination refusals

Your nomination application may be refused for the following reasons:

  • You do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements.
  • You cannot provide sufficient evidence for the claims made in your Registration of Interest, including estimated annual earnings, partner points, or residence in Victoria.
  • You provide false or misleading information.
  • You do not respond to our requests for further information in a timely manner.

If your application is refused, you will not be able to submit a new application for 6 months. This is to prevent repeat and low-quality applications.

Review of nomination decision

If you have been refused as you did not meet the eligibility requirements, you cannot request a review of your application.

If you believe that an error was made in assessing your nomination application, you can submit a request for us to review the application.

Renomination

We do not provide renomination in the following instances:

  • If do not submit your visa application within 60 days, or
  • if EOI was incorrect when we nominated you, including points claimed by you or your agent, or
  • if your English test or skills assessment has expired.

If an applicant has been nominated for any skilled subclass (either 190 or 491), they cannot be nominated again in the same program year.

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