In November 2016, skilled visa applications for 11 ICT-related occupations were temporarily closed by the Victorian Government. This temporary halt was then extended through to 30 June 2017.
The Victorian state government has now announced that from 1 July 2017, the Victorian Skilled and Business Migration Program will reopen to applications for ICT occupations. The news also comes with a new application process.
New application process for ICT occupations
Due to the high number of ICT applications that Victoria receives, the state government is changing the application process for ICT occupations. The aim of this is to reduce processing times.
Those interested in applying for Victorian nomination (in ICT occupations) are advised to follow these steps:
2. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) in DIBP’s SkillSelect, and indicate your interest in 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 Victoria has selected you. There is no set timeframe to expect an invitation after submitting an EOI. An Invitation is not guaranteed.
If selected, an email invitation to apply for Victorian visa nomination will be sent to the email address you 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 criteria you claimed within your EOI.
It is recommended that you have all your supporting documents ready before you submit your EOI in SkillSelect, as the 14 days deadline 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.
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 chosen to apply are still required to meet Victoria’s minimum eligibility requirements, including demonstrating employability and commitment to Victoria, and are not guaranteed a nomination.
If the Victorian Government does not select you, you will not receive an email. Your EOI will continue to be considered for as long as it remains in DIBP’s SkillSelect system.
See below for the full list of eligible occupations
Occupations eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination