As all the state nomination programs reopen around the country, Victoria's has caused quite a stir. We have received many enquiries about this, so we've asked our Principal Migration Agent to explain what it means for you!
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Tony (00:00) Hey everyone! Tony here from Skylark Migration. So some pretty exciting news came out yesterday. The state governments have received interim allocations for their state nomination programs. And there's a lot of chatter in particular about Victoria, because Victoria has now removed the requirements that you have to be working in a particular target sector to be eligible for the 190 state nomination in Victoria. Tony (00:23) So this is pretty good news. It means that all of a sudden, now a lot more applicants will be eligible for Victorian state nomination. Which is great!...Right? I mean, yes, but there are just a few things to note. If you look further into the requirements and new requirements, you'll see that there are certain "occupation groups" that are prioritised. If you're familiar with the target sectors from last financial year, you'll see that it is quite similar to the list of target sectors that they had. Tony (00:51) The range is a little bit wider, but I believe that it's still essentially the same thing, especially if you look at ANZCO and how they define what occupation groups are. You'll see that the list that Victoria has there for their priority occupation groups that are pretty much just a list of different industries or target sectors that you should be working in if you wanted to be prioritised for this program. Tony (01:17) My advice is to just certainly apply anyway. So, just another thing to note is that if you did apply for the Registration of Interest, or the ROI, last financial year, you will need to submit a new one for this financial year. A lot of people that would be submitting ROI this financial year wouldn't have been eligible last year, so that's great! My advice is just to put it in anyway, because it doesn't really hurt, apart from just taking up a bit of your time, and you may get lucky, especially considering that this year the number of spaces available for the state nomination programs Australia-wide are larger. So your chances would be higher. Tony (01:56) But I think, conversely, you guys should temper expectations a bit as well. Just understand that there will be a lot of people submitting their ROIs. The new requirements that Victoria has now is quite similar to what New South Wales is currently doing, and has done in the past, where they basically open up the program (in terms of eligibility) to many people...pretty much everybody. But whether or not you get an invitation is a different story. So just bear in mind that it's something that's good for you to do, just so you have it in the background. Tony (02:31) It increases your chance from zero to something to get an invitation. But you should always be pursuing different pathways to PR that would have a higher chance of success. Like, for example, working in your nominating occupation. Tony (02:44) Whether it might be in Victoria. Which I believe would increase your chances slightly. Or moving to a different state where your chances of getting nomination would be higher if you were working on your nominated occupation. So get your ROIs in guys. Good luck. Tony (03:01) Drop any comments below about how you're doing or if you got any questions, happy to answer them. See you later guys. Bye!
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