Victoria to reopen immigration program

The Victoria State Government will be reopening applications for ICT occupations through the Skilled and Business Migration Program on 1st July.

Due to the high number of ICT applications that Victoria receives, the government has announced that it is changing its application process for ICT occupations. The aim of this is to reduce processing times and improve the ease of using the 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.
  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.

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

Click here for the full list of occupations which are eligible for nomination.

Article published 27th June 2017