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Tony will go through all the state nomination programs, their recent updates and give you a concise summary of everything you need to know.
Today is all about Victoria's state nomination program. BONUS: Today's video also includes a very concise, short summary of what the state nomination program is about.
Hi everyone, Tony here from Skylark Migration. I want to talk to you guys today about state nomination. State nomination is a very important part of the skilled migration process, for two reasons. One is that it lowers the points cut-off in most cases that you would need to realistically get an invitation to apply for the skilled visa. Tony: Secondly, it helps you access occupations that are usually not on the list for PR, so basically the occupations on the short-term list. However, the state nomination requirements can be quite complicated. Each state will have their own requirements for the different visas, 190 or 491 visas, and they'll have different ways that you can meet the requirement. Tony: So, I think rather than getting confused by looking at the state nomination websites, I'm going to help you guys out. I will give you a very concise, short summary of what the state nomination program is about. So you can kind of at least understand to see if it will fit into your visa strategy before you go into the websites and lose yourself in all the information. Tony: So let's start with Victoria, a very popular state for state nomination, particularly since they opened up the program this financial year, financial year 23. And they've had a major change to the program where they no longer need you to be working in certain target sectors for you to be eligible for nomination. Tony: In fact, they've actually opened up the program for all occupations that are on the skilled occupation list, which basically means most people will be eligible for Victoria state nomination. So, with Victoria's state nomination for the 190 visas, quite simply put. You are eligible for as long as 1) you are living in Victoria; 2) if you're applying from overseas, then just as long your occupation's on the skilled occupation list.
But what it does mean when Victoria has such an open and easy way to become eligible for the nomination program is that you should temper your expectations with actually receiving the invitation, just because you're eligible doesn't mean you will get an invitation, they'll still pick and choose who they want. And another thing to note is, despite Victoria saying they no longer expect you to be in target sectors for you to be eligible for nomination. They have said on the website that they will still target certain "priority occupation groups" as they call it, which are very similar to the target sectors they had beforehand. Tony: So, I think you should take a look at the target sectors or the prioritized occupation groups to then see, maybe perhaps guess what your chances of success will be.
For the 491 nomination program, they have a few additional requirements. So, you need to be living and working in a regional area of Victoria and you need to be working in a skilled occupation. Tony: So it doesn't have to be your nominated occupation, but it still needs to be one that's skill level, one, two or three on ANZSCO. For the 491 visa nomination, you can still apply for it if you are doing it from offshore and you don't need to be living and working in Victoria obviously.
So that's a very simplified summary of Victoria, definitely do go on the website to get more of the details, but that should help you determine if Victoria's suitable or not. I think Victoria will be one of those states where you are very likely to be eligible for nomination, so doesn't hurt to put it in, but whether or not you get invitation, we just have to wait and see.
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