Victoria's Skilled Migration Program Update
The State Government of Victoria has established a pathway for highly skilled individuals to assist the industry address labour shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
For the 2022-23 program, all occupations on the relevant Department of Home Affairs occupation list are now eligible. Applicants are no longer required to be using STEMM skills and working in a target sector to apply.
be committed to living in Victoria,
have had your Registration of Interest (ROI) selected,
be under 45 years of age,
have at least Competent English (IELTS band 6+ in all four components)
have achieved at least 65 points on the Australian Government’s points test for your Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect.
ROIs will be selected from August 2022 to 5 May 2023.
When selecting ROIs, the Victorian government will consider the following factors according to the information you have provided in your EOI and ROI:
English language level,
years of experience in your nominated occupation,
education and occupation skill level,
partner’s skill (if applicable),
salary – onshore candidates only.
The following occupation groups will also be prioritised:
Healthcare and social services
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Advanced manufacturing, digital and innovation economy
Chef, cook, accommodation and hospitality managers – for the 491 visa
Early childhood, secondary and special education teachers.
Victorian Skilled Migration Visas
Victorian skilled visa nomination allows those already living and working in Victoria to continue supporting Victoria’s economic recovery. Victoria provides visa nominations to highly skilled professionals, already employed and living in Victoria for the following skilled visas:
To be selected to apply for Victorian skilled visa nomination and assessment, you must first make or update an EOI via SkillSelect and then submit a Registration of Interest for Victorian State Visa Nomination.
IELTS and Migration
IELTS is the only English language test that offers a General Training option. IELTS General Training is accepted and trusted by the Australian Government for visa applications. Book your IELTS General Training test now to ensure you have the score you need for your visa.
What is Australia’s points system for immigration?
When you’re considering migrating to Australia as a Permanent Resident (PR), you may come across points-based visas. We’ll explain what this is and how the Australian PR points calculator works.
What visas are available for Victorian Skilled Migration?
For the Victorian State Visa Nomination, you need to make sure you meet the requirements for the visa you are seeking nomination for:
Other Australian Skilled Visas
The following visas are available to individuals who are qualified to work or train in an eligible skilled occupation in Australia and can meet all other requirements:
How does the points test work for skilled migration to Victoria?
When you apply for a skilled migration visa, you need to meet a minimum pass mark. Each visa will have its own pass minimum points score. For example, you need a minimum of 65 points to be able to submit an expression of interest for the Skilled nominated Visa (subclass 190) visa. The Department of Home Affairs has an online Australian PR points calculator.
Points can be claimed for a few different personal factors:
community language qualifications
the skills of your partner
You can also get extra points if you’re invited to apply for a visa by a state or territory government agency.
Use IELTS for Migration
Your visa options
If you like the opportunity to live, study or work in Australia, there are many visa options available to you. There is a study visa, skilled, sponsored work visa and business visa. Some of these may lead to Permanent Residency (PR) in Australia.
Your IELTS options
The IELTS Academic test has been developed if you wish to study at university or college as an undergraduate or postgraduate student or if you want to join or gain entry into a professional institution. The IELTS General Training test has been developed to test your everyday, non-academic English.
Immigration and the law
Legislation about immigration changes frequently. It’s important to check the Australian Department of Home Affairs website for changes that may apply to you. If you are interested in Australian student visas, work visas, or looking to migrate permanently, you need to lodge an application with the Australian Government. You may want to consider getting support from a lawyer or migration agent.