Victoria will reopen its skilled visa nomination for Subclass 190 and 491 visas on 7th July 2021. Under this, the government aims to welcome eligible applicants working across targeted sectors with STEM skills. The program seeks to respond to the economic challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, focusing strongly on Victoria’s health response and economic recovery. The program targets applicants who can assist the state in recovering from the economic blow caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Interested applicants must register their interest for the 2021-22 program on Live in Melbourne and be invited to apply for the Victorian visa nomination.
Eligible applicants must ensure to have a valid Expression of Interest (EOI) submitted on the Department of Home Affairs’ Skill Select website. It is one of the critical steps for submitting a Registration of Interest.
Victoria’s total number of places for the skilled visa program for the current year stands at 3,543 same as its allocation from the previous program year.
However, the government of Victoria has made some changes in the eligibility requirements to support the state’s immediate healthcare sector requirements along with the labor shortage needs in Victoria. The invitations will be sent out to applicants working in highly skilled and in-demand occupations, including health, medical research, life sciences, agri-food digital, advanced manufacturing, and applicants in clean energy, renewables, bioenergy, carbon capture, and energy storage sectors.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for subclass 491, a candidate must:
(*) Already be living and working in regional Victoria.
(*) Be working in regional Victoria for at least three months.
(*) Work in a highly-skilled occupation in health, medical research, life sciences, agri-food, or digital sectors supporting Victoria’s economic recovery post-pandemic.
For subclass 491, a candidate must:
(*) Already be living in Victoria
(*) Already be working in Victoria (minimum six months employment)
(*) Work in a highly-skilled occupation in health, medical research, or life sciences, supporting
(*) Victoria’s economic recovery and health response.
Key Steps to Apply
Create an EOI profile using the Department of Home Affairs’ Skill Select system
Submit a registration of interest on Live in Melbourne.
In this step, the system assesses all registrations and selects the most suitable candidates to apply for the state nomination.
Candidates who get selected can submit a complete application for Victorian visa nomination. Victoria will evaluate your application and make the decision accordingly.
If you receive the nomination, the go-ahead to apply for a visa with the Department of Home Affairs website The DHA will review your application for visa nomination.
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