The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) allows points-tested skilled workers to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.
The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent residency skilled migration visa for people with an occupation in high demand in Australia’s labour market. The visa is administered by the Department of Home Affairs .
If you have qualifications, skills and experience in an occupation listed on the Visa Nomination Occupations Lists, you may be eligible for Victorian visa nomination for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).
In order to receive a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), you will need to meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:
You must be below age 45 to lodge an application for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).
Meet the English language requirements as specified on the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists.
All applicants must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least six in each band score. Certain occupations require a higher standard of English for the purpose of state nomination – these occupations are specified on the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists. Applicants who are currently working in their nominated occupation in Victoria and have been for at least six months, may be exempt from meeting higher English language requirements and should apply for nomination.
Alternative English language tests are accepted. Applicants can obtain the IELTS equivalent in any of the following Department of Home Affairs’ accepted language tests: OET, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE).
You must upload a scanned copy of your English language test results as part of the online nomination application.
Please note: If you are a citizen of the USA, UK, Canada, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand, you are not required to submit an English language test.
To apply for Victorian nomination under the Skilled Nominated (190) visa, your occupation must be listed on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria or the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Graduates.
Some occupations have additional work experience, English language and specialisation requirements that are noted on the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists.
If you have a PhD from a Victorian university, you may nominate any occupation that is eligible for the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa on the Department of Home Affairs’ https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2019L00278
Important: Not all occupations that appear on this list are eligible for the subclass 190 visa. Occupations that have a “Y” in column 4 are not eligible for the subclass 190 visa. We are unable to provide specific advice around this occupation list. Please contact the Department of Home Affairs for further information.
International PhD graduates
The Victorian Government offers a pathway for visa nomination for international PhD graduates. Applications will be processed within twelve weeks and applicants must meet all eligibility requirements to apply. Learn more about the pathway for international PhD graduates.
When you migrate to Melbourne you need to ensure that you have enough financial resources available for you and any family members who are dependent on you. Financial resource requirements are in place to ensure you can support yourself and your family before you find work.
See the table below for minimum required financial resources for visa nomination.
|Working in nominated occupation||A$20,000|
|Not working in nominated occupation||See offshore requirements below|
|Number of dependents||Australian dollars (A$)|
|6 or more||$80,000|
Offer of employment
You will need to provide evidence of a genuine Victorian job offer if:
- you are currently living in another Australian state; or
- you are an international graduate and it is a requirement for your occupation on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Graduates.
To demonstrate evidence of a genuine job offer, you are required to provide:
- a Confirmation of Employment Statement;
- a signed contract/ letter of offer which includes your employer’s Australian Business Number (ABN)and contact details;
- an official position description from your employer outlining your main tasks and duties.
The current employment offer must be in the nominated occupation for permanent (not casual) work, for at least 20 hours per week, and for at least six continuous months.
During our assessment of your visa nomination application, our office will need to be satisfied that;
- there is a genuine need for the position within the business
- the business is active/ operating in Victoria and is committed to employing you; and
- you have obtained the employment offer through a merit-based process.
Should our office not be satisfied with the genuine nature of the job offer we may request further documentation to support the application.
Your commitment to Victoria
You must commit to living and working in Victoria for at least two years. If you are currently living in another Australian state, you will need to provide a current Victorian job offer in your nominated occupation to support your visa nomination application.
You and your migration agent (if applicable) must read, understand and sign the Victorian nomination declaration in order to be considered for Victorian visa nomination. See the Skilled Declaration form for more information.
Detailed resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
Your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is a critical document used to assess your suitability for Victorian visa nomination. It must provide evidence of skills and work experience and a detailed, chronological list of all relevant employment.
You should take the time to ensure your CV is professionally presented, descriptive and provides our assessors and industry advisors with a comprehensive reflection of your skills, work readiness, employment history and work experience. You should explain any gaps in employment.
Your CV should be no more than four pages long and must include:
- detailed descriptions of relevant tasks and responsibilities performed within all employment
- dates of employment (including month and year)
- dates of education and training.
A relevant job offer from a Victorian employer can provide evidence of your work readiness and employability.
See our sample CV for a guide on preparing your CV.
A skills assessment must match the occupation you have nominated and is a required document at the time of lodging your visa nomination application.
To find out where you can have your skills assessed, go to the skills assessment and assessing authorities section on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Department of Home Affairs requirements
Successfully gaining Victorian visa nomination does not guarantee that you will be granted an Australian visa. You must also meet the Department of Home Affairs eligibility requirements for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) .
Your application will be refused if your CV is too brief or does not include these details. If your application is refused, you must wait for six months before you are eligible to reapply.
Fees and charges
There is no application fee for Victorian visa nomination.