Victoria has announced opening of Victorian skilled visa nomination program (Subclass 190 and Subclass 491) and business and investor visa nomination program (subclass 188 and 132) for 2020-21 program year from 08 September, 2020. However, the interim skilled nomination program is only open up to 05 October 2020 for Victorian residents, until the Federal Budget is delivered on 06 October 2020.
The State has also announced the change in way of selecting applicants for the skilled visa nomination and accordingly, the new process will focus on talent and contribution to Victoria’s economic recovery from impact of Covid-19, along with information in Expression of Interests (EOIs). During this period, the State is aiming to select applicants to apply for visa nomination only if their Registration of Interest demonstrates they are working in health or medical research and contributing to Victoria’s economic recovery or health response.
However, no substantial changes have been made to the existing nomination criteria for business program, except for one additional requirement that all business and investment activity must contribute to Victoria’s economic recovery or health response.
Interested and eligible candidates must submit Registration of Interest or application by 5pm AEST, 21 September 2020.
More information on the State nomination program will be available after receiving advice from the Department of Home Affairs after 06 October 2020