This guide will help you determine whether your work experience and qualifications will allow you to apply for one of the eligible Victorian state government sponsored occupations.
VIC state sponsorship – eligibility requirements
Please note the following minimum eligibility requirements common to both 190 and 489 visas in relation to the Victorian state sponsorship include:
You need to be under 50 years of age at the time that you are invited to apply for the visa.
English language ability & claiming points
Generally, you need to score at least 6.0 for each component in IELTS to satisfy the English language requirement and this result must be provided when you lodge your online application. There are certain exceptions to the rule:
- You may be exempted from this requirement if you are working in your nominated occupation in Victoria and have been for at least 6 months
- Certain occupations on the Victoria state nomination occupation lists for graduates and non-graduates have higher IELTS requirements than the requisite 6.0, for example, a Civil Engineer in the non-graduates list (ANZSCO 233211) requires 7.0 in each band
- If you are a citizen of the US, UK, Canada, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand you are not required to submit IELTS
Eligible occupations for VIC state sponsorship
In order to obtain a 489 or 190 visa, you will need to obtain a positive skills assessment for one of the occupations that is listed in Victoria’s skilled migration occupation list. The Victorian government can change their list of sponsorable occupations without notice, so you do need to ensure that your selected ANZSCO occupation is available for sponsorship.
Firstly, have a look at this list of Victorian sponsorable occupations for graduates and for non-graduates and determine if any of these can potentially align with your qualifications and/or experience. Basically, you are trying to find an occupation for which you think you can obtain a positive skills assessment. Recent graduates or international students should refer to the graduates list while experience professionals and tradespeople should look at the non-graduates list. Graduate positions include those in Biotechnology, Science and Health as well as PhD graduates (who obtained their degrees in the last 5 years) in fields listed in the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List whilst the non-graduates lists includes certain Biotechnology, Science and Health occupations as well as Engineers, IT, Tourism and Hospitality, Education, Trades and PhD graduates who have completed their degrees within the last 5 years in a field on the non-graduates list.
How do you find more information about a particular listed occupation? You’ll need to search for that particular ANZSCO occupation and look at the tasks listed. For instance, for non-graduates the ANZSCO occupation of Civil Engineer is on the list of sponsorable occupations. Search for Civil Engineer and you’ll find this ANZSCO: Civil Engineer (ANZSCO 233211). Associated with this ANZSCO are a number of tasks. This list of tasks is a general description of what a qualified Civil Engineer is expected to do. Because ANZSCO is a general description of the occupation, you don’t need to perform all the tasks listed, and you may have performed some additional duties in your current and previous employment roles.
For the ANZSCO occupation that you’re interested in, find the relevant skills assessment body’s website and look at its requirements for obtaining a positive skills assessment outcome (note that for some occupations, there is more than one relevant skills assessment body. You can use any of the listed bodies for your skills assessment application). For instance, the skills assessment body for engineering related occupations is generally Engineers Australia (Home page / Skills assessment information).
If you are not sure about which skills assessment body is applicable for your occupation, find the occupation on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List. This list states the relevant skills assessment body for each sponsorable occupation.
This is the only list for Victorian state government sponsorship. There are no off-lists, or exempts, or special consideration because you studied or worked in the state etc. You need to obtain a positive skills assessment for an occupation on this list
The work experience criteria requires that you have obtained work experience in the nominated occupation for a number of years post-qualification. For example, for a Civil Engineer (ANZSCO 233211), you need to have a minimum of 2 years work experience post-qualification. This means that you need to work in a position with roles which align to those roles of a Civil Engineer as defined under ANZSCO for a period of at least 2 years counting from the date that you graduate from a relevant degree.
Your experience will only count if you have worked at least 20 hours of work per week in your nominated skilled occupation. The work must be paid – it cannot be voluntary work.
Offer of employment
For 190 visas, if you are currently living in another Australian state at the time of application or it is a requirement of your chosen nominated occupation according to the list of Victorian sponsorable occupations, you are required to provide a current job offer in your nominated occupation to support your application. This can be evidenced by a letter of employment or a letter of offer from your employer with their ABN and contact details. The employment needs to be for permanent work, at least 20 hours a week at for at least 6 continuous months. You are exempt from this requirement if you have been working in your nominated occupation in Victoria for at least 6 months.
For 489 visas you must provide evidence of an offer of employment to work in regional Victoria as defined here. Again, you are exempt from this requirement if you have been working in your nominated occupation in Victoria for at least 6 months.
Special Conditions Apply
- Detailed resume – You need to provide a very detailed resume of around 3 to 4 pages long which evidences all your education, skills and employment history chronologically and which must include the following details:
- detailed descriptions of relevant tasks and responsibilities performed within all employment
- dates of employment (including month and year)
- dates of education and training.
It is worthwhile to ensure that your resume is presented professional, provides detailed descriptions of your skills and employment history in relation to the description of the tasks and duties and you need to explain gaps in your employment.
You can find a brief sample of the type of information you need to present in your resume here.
- Registration – Some occupations also require registration or licensing appropriate to that profession, for example Registration from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is required for Registered Nurses.
- Finances – You need to have adequate finances to support yourself (and dependants if any). Onshore applicants need to have at least AUD$20,000 if they are going to work in the nominated occupation while offshore applicants and onshore applicants not going to work in the nominated occupations need at least AUD$30,000 (and an additional $5,000 for each additional dependent up to a maximum of $80,000). You are not required to provide evidence of this finance in the application process.
- Read, understand and sign the appropriate nomination declaration form for the 190 visa here and the 489 visa here.
- Declaration – You must declare that you are committed to living and working in Victoria for at least 2 years.
Meeting the minimum requirements may not be sufficient
It is important to note that satisfying these minimum requirements may not be enough to guarantee nomination. The Victorian state government’s website confirms that beyond meeting the minimum requirements, each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis taking into account the following subjective factors:
- your ability to meet the minimum eligibility criteria,
- the demand for your particular skills and expertise, and your ability to find work in Victoria,
- the suitability and transferability of your qualifications, skills and experience – including any specialist capabilities – to the needs of Victoria’s labour market,
- your ability and commitment to establishing yourself, and any dependants, in Victoria with a view to your prospects for long-term settlement in Victoria, and
- the demand for your occupation in relation to the allocated quota of nomination places.
Victorian state sponsorship application process
I assume that you have found an appropriate and eligible ANZSCO, for which you think that you meet the requirements of the skills assessment body to obtain a positive skills assessment outcome.
If you are applying for 190 visa sponsorship, you need to:
- lodge a complete VIC Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) application form (there is NO fee for applying for 190 Victoria state nomination)
- within 4 months of receiving the nomination, prepare and submit your Expression of Interest to DIBP through SkillSelect
- provide all required supporting documents to evidence your claims
Applications are processed in accordance to when they are lodged. Your application will be assigned to an assessing officer based on the date that it was received.
If you are applying for 489 visa sponsorship for a particular regional area, then you must agree to live in the designated region for a period of 2 years. Again there is NO fee for applying for 489 Victoria state nomination.
You will be advised of the outcome of your application through a letter. If your application is successful, the application form will be stamped and signed by the authorised officer from the regional office.
Receiving an invitation from the Department
We assume that you have a positive skills assessment, that you have submitted your EOI and that you have received approval for VIC state sponsorship.
Every month, the Department will issue invitations to people who have lodged their EOI. You must receive this invitation before you can apply for the 190 visa. For each occupation, the Department will firstly invite individuals who have the highest points – for individuals who have the same amount of points, the Department will firstly give priority to those that finalised and submitted their EOI first.
Based on the Department’s reports in relation to the invitations issued, you should receive an invitation if you are able to achieve 60 points for most occupations.
In this post, we have covered the steps that you need to take in order to obtain state sponsorship. You now need to check to ensure that you meet the relevant eligibility requirements for the 190 or 489 visas.
How we can help and our professional fees
Our professional fee for assisting with a 190 visa application will be $3,000. This includes assisting with the skill assessment application and application for state sponsorship.
With our clients, we do commence the process by completing a thorough eligibility assessment.
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