Victoria’s skilled nomination program will remain temporarily closed from 1 July 2020 until further notice while the Victorian Government awaits the Commonwealth Government’s allocations of state nomination spaces for the 2020-2021 program year.
We believe that the Department of Home Affairs may make further announcements regarding the State and Territory nomination allocations ahead of the 2020-2021 budget which is due to be released on 6 October 2020.
Which visa categories does this effect?
You will be unable to apply for the following visa categories in Victoria until the temporary closure has ended:
- Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa
- Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa
- Business Innovation Stream (subclass 188A) (Provisional) visa
- Investor Stream (subclass 188B) (Provisional) visa
- Significant Investor Stream (subclass 188C) (Provisional) visa
- Entrepreneur Stream (subclass 188E) (Provisional) visa
- Significant Business History (subclass 132A) (Permanent) visa
- Venture Capital Entrepreneur (subclass 132B) (Permanent) visa
What should I do if I was planning on applying for one of those visas?
You can still lodge your Expression of Interest for the abovementioned visa subclasses through the Department of Home Affairs SkillSelect system. You will need to lodge an Expression of Interest before being able to apply for a Victorian visa nomination.
We will endeavour to update all our clients as soon as the 2020-2021 Victorian state nomination program has reopened allowing applications to be processed again.
In the meantime, if you would like to start the process with your Expression of Interest, so you’re ready to apply as soon as the program re opens, Ethos Migration Lawyers can seamlessly execute the process on your behalf, giving you the best opportunity for a state nomination in the future.