Skilled Migration Victoria has announced that ‘due to a large volume of skilled visa nomination applications received, applications for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) occupations will not be accepted from 11 November 2016 to 6 March 2017.
This closure is most likely going to affect applicants who are intending on applying for a Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) with State Nomination from Victoria.
Skilled Migration Victoria has advised that the closure is expected to be for a period of four months, however further updates will be provided in the event the closure is extended.
The occupations that will be affected by the temporary closure are:
135112 ICT Project Manager
261111 ICT Business Analyst
261112 Systems Analyst
261311 Analyst Programmer
261312 Developer Programmer
261313 Software Engineer
261314 Software Tester
261399 Software and Applications Programmers nec
262111 Database Administrator
262112 ICT Security Specialist
263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer
The temporary closure has been put in place to allow processing of all outstanding applications for nomination and reduce the risk of delay for future nomination applications.
If you have already lodged a nomination with the State of Victoria prior to this date, your application will proceed to being assessed against the current guidelines and you will be provided with an outcome as per standard processing arrangements.
All other occupations available for Nomination in the State of Victoria will continue to remain open and be subject to the standard guidelines.
Streamlined PhD & Subclass 457 Pathway Applicants
Applicants that are applying under the streamlined PhD and Subclass 457 pathways are not affected by the closure and are still eligible to apply for the above ICT occupations during this closure.