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The full 2020-21 Victorian skilled visa nomination program (subclass 190 and 491) will open on Tuesday 5 January, 2021. Like the interim program, the full program responds to challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, with a focus on Victoria’s health response or economic recovery.

You must register your interest on Live in Melbourne and be selected to apply for Victorian visa nomination. You must also ensure you meet the relevant visa nomination eligibility criteria before submitting a Registration of Interest. International student graduates and PhD applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are also encouraged to apply. Applicants with a track record of commercialising innovative ideas and bringing them to market will also be highly regarded.

If you have already submitted a Registration of Interest (ROI) during the interim program, you do not need to submit another ROI. Your existing ROI will still be considered.

Registration of Interest for Victorian Visa Nomination

To be considered for selection to apply for Victorian visa nomination, you must submit a Registration of Interest for Victorian Visa Nomination.

Please note that a valid and up to date Expression of Interest (EOI) submitted on the Department of Home Affairs’ SkillSelect website is a prerequisite for submitting a Registration of Interest. The information you provide in your Registration of Interest will help us determine whether you are selected to apply for Victorian visa nomination.

We will be accepting ROIs in the submission windows listed at Registration of Interest for Victorian Visa Nomination. If you are not selected immediately after your submission window, you will still be considered for future selection.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa allows you to continue living and working in regional Victoria for 5 years.

If you are granted a subclass 491 visa, you may be eligible to apply for the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) which provides permanent residence and the right to live anywhere in Victoria if you meet the eligibility requirements. For more information on the subclass 191 visa, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Selection to apply for Victorian visa nomination (subclass 491)

To be eligible to be considered for selection to apply for subclass 491 Victorian visa nomination, you must:

  1. already be living in regional Victoria
  2. already be working in regional Victoria (minimum 3 months employment)
  3. work in a highly skilled occupation in health, medical research, life sciences, agri-food or digital sectors which supports Victoria's economic recovery or health response.

See Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) for further information.

Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa

The Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa is a permanent residence visa for professionals already living and working in Victoria with skills that support Victoria’s economic recovery or health response.

Selection to apply for Victorian visa nomination (subclass 190)

To be eligible to be considered for selection to apply for subclass 190 Victorian visa nomination, you must:

  1. already be living in Victoria
  2. already be working in Victoria (minimum 6 months employment)
  3. work in a highly skilled occupation in health, medical research or life sciences which supports Victoria’s economic recovery or health response.

See Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) for further information.

Applying for Victorian visa nomination

As places are limited and you will be competing against the best and brightest already living and working in Victoria, simply meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection. You will be asked to provide critical information about yourself and how you are contributing to Victoria’s economic recovery or health response when completing your Registration of Interest for Victorian Visa Nomination.

Selection to apply for Victorian visa nomination is not a guarantee of nomination. All applications will be thoroughly assessed to ensure each candidate’s skills and experience meet the needs of Victoria’s economic recovery or health response.

If you are selected to apply for Victorian visa nomination after submitting a Registration of Interest for Victorian Visa Nomination, you will receive an email asking you to submit a nomination application through the Live in Melbourne website.

You must also meet the nomination criteria for the relevant visa:

Please note, a Registration of Interest is not an application for Victorian visa nomination. We will only contact you again if you are selected to apply for Victorian visa nomination. There are no set timeframes for when you may be selected.

If you are selected to apply for Victorian visa nomination, you will then need to submit a separate visa nomination application. For further information on the visa nomination process, please see Registration of Interest for Victorian Visa Nomination.

Biotechnologist Mystica from India was recently nominated by Victoria. Read her story.

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