The Victorian Skilled Visa Nomination program of 2021-22 is slated to open will open on July 7, 2021. This skilled visa Australia program involves visa subclass 190 and visa subclass 491. Australia is looking for applicants working in specified target sectors. These applicants must also have STEMM skills.
Are you interested to apply for the Victorian Skilled Visa Nomination program? Then, you must first submit a Registration of Interest following which you must receive a selection to apply.
In case you have filed a Registration of Interest for the 2020-21 program, you must file a new one for the 2021-22 program.
Let’s look into the component visas involved in this skilled visa Australia program.
Visa Subclass 190
Subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated Visa) allows skilled workers who are nominated to live and work in Australia as Australian permanent residents. With this visa, you can also sponsor your relatives for permanent residence Australia grants.
Visa Subclass 491
A provisional visa, the Skilled Work Regional visa (visa Subclass 491) is meant for skilled foreign workers intending to live and work in Australia. The visa has a 5-year validity. Holding this visa, you can apply for Australia PR after 3 years counted from the time your visa is granted.
This visa is aimed at a family member of the main holder of the Skilled Work Regional visa.
Eligibility to apply for Victorian skilled visa nomination program
If you want to be taken for selection to file an application for Victorian Skilled Visa Nomination you have to be:
- residing in Victoria (applicants for Visa subclass 491 need to live as well as work in regional Victoria)
- employed in Victoria applying STEMM skills
- employed in a target sector
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding this skilled visa Australia program soon to open for Victoria.
If I want to apply for a visa nomination for the visa Subclass 190 what work requirements should I meet?
You must be a skilled professional. You must demonstrate that you are employed and using your STEMM skills in a target sector.
I’m living in Australia. Can I apply for the visa Subclass 190?
You can apply if you are currently living and employed in the Victoria region to be eligible for the Subclass 190 visa.
How many points must I have so that I can be selected to apply for a Victorian visa nomination?
You need to have a minimum of 65 points (including points earned for state nomination) to get a nomination for Victoria for the Subclass 190 visa.
Need I keep my EOI updated to be eligible for Visa Subclass 190?
Yes. You must make sure that your EOI always has the correct information.
What skills and sectors are aimed at for the Subclass 491 visa?
Victoria is aiming at skilled professionals who are using their STEMM skills in a target sector. The target sector could be any of the following:
- Life sciences
- New energy, emissions reduction, and circular economy
- Medical research
- Advanced manufacturing
Does the visa Subclass 491 offer an Australian permanent residency pathway?
Yes. If you hold a Subclass 491 visa, you may be eligible to apply for the Subclass 191 visa which is the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa.
If I want to apply for a visa nomination for the Subclass 491 visa what work requirements should I meet?
You must be a skilled professional who must demonstrate that you are employed in regional Victoria. You must also be using your STEMM skills in a target sector.
I’m living in Australia. Can I apply for Subclass 491 visa nomination?
If you are currently living and working in regional Victoria, you are eligible to apply for Subclass 491 visa nomination.
Do graduates and Ph.D. students have the eligibility for Subclass 491 visa nomination?
Yes. However, they have to make sure that they meet the requirements for eligibility.
How many points must I have to be selected to apply for Subclass 491 visa nomination?
You must have at least 65 points (including points earned for nomination by state) to be selected to apply for Subclass 491 visa nomination. Besides, you also need to meet the eligibility requirements.
Where can holders of the Subclass 491 visa live in Australia?
Holders of Subclass 491 visa holders must live and work in regional Victoria. For migration purposes, Geelong and the Mornington Peninsula are considered regional.
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