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The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) allows points-tested skilled workers to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent residency skilled migration visa for people with an occupation in high demand in Australia's labour market. The visa is administered by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


If you have qualifications, skills and experience in an occupation listed on the Visa Nomination Occupations Lists, you may be eligible for Victorian visa nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

You must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government before applying for this visa.

Eligibility

In order to receive a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), you will need to meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

Age

You must be below age 45 to lodge an application for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

English language

Meet the English language requirements as specified on the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists.

Occupation

To apply for Victorian nomination under the Skilled Nominated (190) visa, your occupation must be listed on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria or the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Graduates.

Some occupations have additional work experience, English language and specialisation requirements that are noted on the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists.

If you have a PhD from a Victorian university, you may nominate any occupation that is eligible for the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) IMMI 17/072 Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities.

Important: Not all occupations that appear on this list are eligible for the subclass 190 visa. Occupations that have a "Y" in column 4 are not eligible for the subclass 190 visa. We are unable to provide specific advice around this occupation list. Please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for further information.

International PhD graduates

The Victorian Government offers a streamlined pathway for visa nomination for international PhD graduates. Applications will be priority processed within two weeks and applicants must meet all eligibility requirements to apply. Learn more about the streamlined pathway for international PhD graduates.

Finances

When you migrate to Melbourne you need to ensure that you have enough financial resources available for you and any family members who are dependent on you. Financial resource requirements are in place to ensure you can support yourself and your family before you find work.

See the table below for minimum required financial resources for visa nomination.

Onshore applicants
Working in nominated occupation  
A$20,000 
Not working in nominated occupation
See offshore requirements below
Offshore applicants

Number of dependents
Australian dollars (A$)
Individual applicant
$30,000
1 $35,000
2 $40,000
3 $50,000
4 $60,000
5 $70,000
6 or more
$80,000

Offer of employment

You will need to provide a current Victorian job offer and Confirmation of Employment Statement if:

To demonstrate evidence of a job offer, you’re required to provide a contract or letter of offer from your employer, which includes your employer’s Australian Business Number (ABN) and contact details. The employment must be in the nominated occupation for permanent (not casual) work, for at least 20 hours per week, and for at least six continuous months.

Your commitment to Victoria

You must commit to living and working in Victoria for at least two years. If you are currently living in another Australian state, you will need to provide a current Victorian job offer in your nominated occupation to support your visa nomination application.

Declaration

You and your migration agent (if applicable) must read, understand and sign the Victorian nomination declaration in order to be considered for Victorian visa nomination. See the Skilled Declaration form for more information.

Detailed resume or curriculum vitae (CV)

Your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is a critical document used to assess your suitability for Victorian visa nomination. It must provide evidence of skills and work experience and a detailed, chronological list of all relevant employment.

You should take the time to ensure your CV is professionally presented, descriptive and provides our assessors and industry advisors with a comprehensive reflection of your skills, work readiness, employment history and work experience. You should explain any gaps in employment.

Your CV should be no more than four pages long and must include:

  • detailed descriptions of relevant tasks and responsibilities performed within all employment
  • dates of employment (including month and year)
  • dates of education and training.

A relevant job offer from a Victorian employer can provide evidence of your work readiness and employability.

See our sample CV for a guide on preparing your CV.

Skills assessment

A skills assessment must match the occupation you have nominated and is a required document at the time of lodging your visa nomination application.

To find out where you can have your skills assessed, go to the skills assessment and assessing authorities section on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection requirements

Successfully gaining Victorian visa nomination does not guarantee that you will be granted an Australian visa. You must also meet the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s eligibility requirements for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

Your application will be refused if your CV is too brief or does not include these details. If your application is refused, you must wait for six months before you are eligible to reapply.

Apply

How to apply for Victorian visa nomination: ICT occupations

Due to the high number of ICT applications that Victoria receives, we have changed our application process for ICT occupations. The aim of this is to reduce processing times and hopefully improve your experience with our program.  To apply for Victorian nomination (in ICT occupations), follow these steps:

1. Check you meet the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) requirements and Victoria’s minimum nomination requirements.

2. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) in DIBP’s SkillSelect, and indicate your interest for Victorian nomination. You do not need to notify Victoria that you have submitted an EOI. Note that if you already have an EOI in the SkillSelect system (submitted before 1 July 2017), it will be considered for Victorian nomination. You will not need to resubmit it.

3. Regularly check your email (including your junk mail folder) to see if you have been selected by Victoria. There is no set timeframe to expect an invitation after submitting an EOI. Invitations are not guaranteed. If selected, an email invitation to apply for Victorian visa nomination will be sent to your email address used for the EOI.

4. Submit an online application for Victorian visa nomination within 14 days of receiving the invitation. Note that you must be able to demonstrate that you still meet the claims that were in your EOI when you were invited. We recommend that you have all your supporting documents ready before you submit your EOI in SkillSelect, as the 14 days cannot be extended.

5. If you are successfully nominated by the Victorian Government, you will receive a SkillSelect invitation to apply for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

6. Submit a visa application to DIBP within 60 days of being nominated by Victoria.

Selection considerations    

The Victorian Government will review and select the top ranking ICT candidates from SkillSelect, who have indicated Victoria as their preferred state.  Candidates who are selected to apply are still required to meet Victoria’s minimum eligibility requirements, including demonstrating employability and commitment to Victoria, and are not guaranteed nomination.

If you are not selected by the Victorian Government, you will not receive an email. Your EOI will continue to be considered for as long as it remains in DIBP’s SkillSelect system.

Exemptions from this process

This application process is for ICT occupations only. However, if you are an ICT applicant and currently hold an offer of employment in your nominated occupation in Victoria, or meet the streamlined 457 or PhD pathways, you are exempt from this process and can lodge a Victorian visa nomination application directly without first being selected by Victoria.

How to apply for Victorian visa nomination: All other occupations

There are five steps to work through for Victorian visa nomination. You must first meet the minimum eligibility requirements, but this does not guarantee an offer of nomination.

Step 1: Prepare your documents

When you lodge your online application, you must provide:

  • a detailed resume or CV
  • a Skilled Declaration form
  • a skills assessment
  • English language test results or, if exempt, a copy of your passport bio page
  • evidence of licensing/registration (if applicable)
  • an offer of employment (if applicable)
  • copy of the PhD completion letter (if applicable)
  • copy of your 457 visa documents (if applicable).

You may be requested to provide additional documents if your application proceeds in the selection process. These documents may include:

  • trade qualification/certificates
  • education transcripts.

If these documents are requested, you will be given reasonable time to provide them.

Step 2: Lodge your nomination application

You can lodge your application for Victorian nomination online here and submit all supporting documents through our online application system.

If you experience technical difficulties, please email webmaster@liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au

Fees and charges

There is no application fee for Victorian visa nomination.

Family members and dependants

Include any dependants in the visa nomination application that you intend to include in your visa application with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Step 3: Confirm acceptance of visa nomination offer within four months

Victorian visa nomination is valid for four months from the date of the nomination notification email. Within this time period you will need to:

  1. lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect
  2. select Victoria as your preference, and
  3. notify the Victorian Government of this by providing your EOI ID.

SkillSelect is the Australian Government’s online system that enables skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an EOI. Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's SkillSelect to find out more information.

If you have registered your EOI on SkillSelect and you are nominated by the Victorian Government, you will automatically receive an invitation to apply from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, subject to the number of limited positions available.  

If we do not receive your valid EOI ID within the four-month period, your application will expire and your file will be closed.

Hard copies of documents are not accepted. You will need to submit scanned copies of documents as part of your online nomination application.

Step 4: Lodge your visa application

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is responsible for issuing and administering all Australian visas. Contact the Department directly or visit their website for information about lodging your visa application, visa requirements, obligations and processing times.

When you lodge your visa application with the Department, please notify the Victorian Government by emailing smp.applications@liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au

Step 5: Notify us of your visa outcome

As part of your visa nomination commitment, you must notify us of your visa outcome by emailing: smp.applications@liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au

Processing time

The average processing time for Victorian skilled visa nomination is currently 12 weeks. This may vary depending on the occupation and in some instances it may take longer to assess applications.

You (or your migration agent) will be notified of the outcome of your nomination application by email.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is responsible for issuing and administering all Australian visas.

Assessment criteria

Every application for Victorian visa nomination is assessed individually with a focus on your ability to address a number of assessment criteria, including:

  • your ability to meet the minimum eligibility criteria
  • the demand for your particular skills and expertise and your ability to find work in Victoria
  • the suitability and transferability of your qualifications, skills and experience – including any specialist capabilities – to the needs of Victoria’s labour market, and
  • your ability and commitment to establishing yourself, and any dependants, in Victoria with a view to long-term settlement in Victoria.

Applicants who best meet the assessment criteria will be offered nomination.

Nomination obligations

There are several obligations that every Victorian visa nomination applicant needs to complete as part of the application process.

Notification of visa grant and arrival

You must email us with notification of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s decision on your visa application. Use the email smp.applications@liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au when you find out the outcome of your application.

If you are living outside Australia, you do not need to arrive in Australia before a certain date for the purpose of Victorian visa nomination. However, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection usually stipulates a date by which you must enter Australia on your visa. Contact the Department directly with any queries about this requirement.

You must email us at smp.applications@liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au with notification of your arrival to Australia.

Live and work in Victoria for two years

A primary obligation of the Victorian visa nomination application process is that you and any of your dependants must live in Victoria for the first two years of your visa. This two-year period begins when you enter Australia permanently on the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), or if you are already onshore, when your visa is granted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Complete five email surveys

There are five short surveys that you must complete over the first two-year period of arrival. The surveys will be emailed to you.

You will receive your first survey when you arrive in Australia, or when your skilled visa is activated. You will then receive one survey every six months.

The responses and feedback in the surveys are used to evaluate and improve the Victorian Government’s Skilled and Business Migration Program.

Employment

While we hope you’re able to continue your career within your nominated occupation, it’s not mandatory to continue to work in your nominated occupation.

Find out more

More information on the visa eligibility requirements and visa application process is available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.