The Victorian government announced its new Registration of Interest system for Victorian state nomination for the 491 and 190 visa subclasses. You will be able to access the new system on the 8th September 2020 and it will close at 5pm on 21 September 2020, Australian Eastern Standard Time

Victoria has followed the lead of other states such as South Australia, where you can no longer directly apply to the state for nomination approval. South Australia selects potential applicants directly from the Immigration departments EOI system, but Victoria has now developed its own Expression of Interest system.

Registrations of Interest are not visa applications, but an initial submission of certain basic information along with your Immigration Department’s EOI submission. Victoria will assess these registrations of interest to select the best candidates, who will be sent invitations to make a formal application. If Victoria then approves your state nomination you will be sent an invitation to apply for your visa by the Immigration Department.

In addition to the Immigration departments visa requirements the following is specifically required for Victorian nomination. You must be already living and working in Victoria for 6 months in a highly-skilled occupation in health or medical research which supports Victoria’s economic recovery and/or health response.

Obviously, at the moment, this is a very limited field of occupations. We are hoping this field will be broadened after the Federal Budget is handed down in early October. Given the high economic impact of the current shutdown in Victoria potential hopefuls for Victorian sponsorship should brace themselves for possible limited opportunities for this financial year.

The type of information required to register your interest would be as follows (but not limited to):

  • Your Expression of Interest number for SkillSelect
  • Your name, date of birth and email address
  • The skilled visa you are seeking Victorian nomination for (subclass 190 or 491)
  • Your occupation, including ANZSCO code
  • Your employer’s ABN and contact details
  • The purpose of your employer’s business or service
  • How the work you undertake is critical to Victoria’s economic recovery and/or health response to the coronavirus pandemic

So many changes to keep up with! We are open and here for you! If you need advice, we offer Skype, Zoom and phone consultations. Call +(02) 8054 2537, 0434 890 199 or book online today to speak to our migration specialists.



Zoe He