Victoria's Skilled Migration Program is now open: requirements and application process

Victoria's Skilled Migration Program is now open: requirements and application process

Victoria’s 2022-23 Skilled Visa Nomination Program (subclass 190 and subclass 491) is finally open!

Major changes from the 2021-22 program are that Victoria is accepting Registrations of Interest from applicants living overseas and there are more eligible occupations. In response to the demand for a wide range of skilled workers in Victoria, the number of eligible occupations has increased and now includes all occupations on the Skilled occupation list.

The program provides skilled migrants with a pathway to permanent residency in Victoria and benefits employers and the broader Victorian economy.

The program provides two visa pathways.

The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent visa for skilled migrants to live and work anywhere in Victoria, while the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is for skilled migrants to live and work in regional Victoria. In this article, we will focus on the requirements and the application process for the Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190). 

Skilled Nominated visa Subclass 190

The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent visa for skilled migrants to live and work anywhere in Victoria. To apply for 190, applicants will first need to submit a  Registration of Interest ROI. After submission, applicants will be waiting to be selected as nominees. Applicants must receive a nomination from Victoria before visa application. 

Selection rounds

ROIs will be selected from August 2022 to May 2023.


Before submitting a ROI, applicants need to check eligibility as below. 

1.Applicants living onshore and working in Victoria

1.1 Proof of work/earning

Provide a current employment contract + most recent 4 weeks pay slips + superannuation account extract showing the most recent contribution from employer + position description of the job. Besides, Victoria may require additional pay slips or employment reference.

1.2 Skilled employment

Skill levels 1,2 or 3 in ANZSCO classification

1.3 Skill Assessment

Nominated occupation must be on the eligible skilled occupation list. Your nominated occupation must match EOI, and your Skills Assessment must have 12 weeks validity remaining at least.

1.4 Age

Must be under 45 years of age at the time of nomination.

1.5 Competent English

You must have at least Competent English. This means at least 6 for each section in IELTS, or 50 for each section in PTE. The test should be taken within 3 years before the date of application and must have at least 12 weeks validity remaining.

1.6 Points

At least 65 points, including 5 points for state nomination.

1.7 Commitment to Victoria

Must be committed to living in Victoria.

For onshore applicants, applicants must be living in Victoria at the time of nomination. 

2 Applicants living offshore

2.1 must be committed to living in Victoria

2.2 must have a valid Skills Assessment

How to apply?

ROI selection

When selecting ROIs, the Victoria government will consider the following factors according to the information you have provided in your EOI and ROI:

  • age,
  • 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.


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