Amidst a global pandemic and months of uncertainty, finally, there is what seems to be a silver lining, a positive reinforcement. As Australian society is slowly normalizing after months of COVID-19 restrictions, Victoria is opening its doors to nominations for certain target sectors. The following writeup alludes to the eligibility criteria and various steps that need to be taken to be successfully inducted for the nomination.
As per the official report (https://liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au/migrate/skilled-migration-visas/skilled-nominated-visa-subclass-190) published in the Victorian website, people eligible for the skilled nomination visa (subclass 190) with advanced talent currently working in Victoria can apply for the nomination. However, the visa can be applied for only after the state grants individuals nominations.
To be eligible for Victorian Skilled visa nomination following are the criteria;
- Must have applied for a Registration of Interest.
- Live and work in Victoria.
- Work in the target sector.
- Have a competent English score, i.e., score at least 50 each in PTE or equivalent in IELTS.
- Must possess a positive skills assessment from the concerning assessment body.
- Should have a minimum of 65 points in the visa subclass scores.
Applicants are working in the digital sector (ICT) use it for technology and innovations, which in turn drives the wheel of economic growth and productivity. For the current period, the state is looking for people whose line of work converges primarily with cyber security skills. However, if the digital skills are imbricated with other target sectors, applicants can still apply for nominations. For example Software Engineer working in medical research.
Other Target Sectors include:
- Medical Research
- Life Sciences
- Advanced Manufacturing
- New energy, emission reduction, and circular economy
Thus, if you are working in the digital sector but your skills overlap with any of the six above target sectors, you are still eligible for the nomination.
Steps for Nomination:
According to the state’s directive following are the steps that should be undertaken for the nomination process:
- Make an expression of Interest (EOI) with SkillSelect.
- Submit a Registration of Interest (ROI).
- Have your ROI selected and receive an invitation to apply.
- Prepare your evidence to support your application.
- Submit a nomination application via the Live in Melbourne portal.
- Respond to any requests for further information within 14 days.
Once you are nominated:
- We will notify you of our decision by email.
- Submit your visa application to the Department of Home Affairs within 60 days. We cannot nominate you again if your visa application is not submitted at this time.
- Keep your contact details updated so we can provide you with information on essential services.
- Complete regular surveys we will send you about your experience with us and your settlement in Victoria.
- Commit to living and working in Victoria for at least two years.
- English language test
- Skills assessment
- Employment contract
- Position description
- Registration (if required, e.g., AHPRA)
- Victorian declaration form
- Appointment of agent form (if required)