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Victoria’s skilled visa nomination program (subclass 190 and 491) reopens on 5 January 2021

Victoria’s full 2020-21 skilled visa nomination program (subclasses 190 and 491) will re-open at 10am AEDT on Tuesday, 5 January 2021.

Like the interim program, the full program responds to challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, with a focus on Victoria’s health response and economic recovery.

The Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs has allocated the Victorian Government further visa nomination places, in addition to the places provided as part of the interim program. Victoria’s total number of places for the Skilled visa program for the 2020-21 program year is outlined in the table:

Visa typeInterim program
(September 2020)
Additional for remainder of 2020-21
(full program)
Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa 600 1,900 2,500
Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visa 200 843 1,043
Total skilled nomination places for Victoria 3,543


Registrations of interest for Victorian visa nomination

You must register your interest on Live in Melbourne and be selected to apply for Victorian visa nomination.

If you have already submitted a Registration of Interest (ROI) during the interim program, you do not need to submit another ROI. Your existing ROI will still be considered.


Submission windows

We will now be accepting ROIs in submission windows – set timeframes in which you can submit your ROIs.  Once a submission window closes, you will need to wait for the next submission window to submit your ROI. 

Submission windows are listed at Registration of Interest for Victorian Visa Nomination. If you are not selected immediately after your submission window, you will still be considered for future selection.

Nomination criteria changes

The eligibility requirements for both the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) and the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) visas have changed. You must carefully read the requirements before you submit your application.

To be eligible to be considered for selection to apply for Victorian skilled visa nomination, you must meet the criteria outlined below:

Subclass 491Subclass 190
1. Already be living in regional Victoria 1. Already be living in Victoria
2. Already be working in regional Victoria (minimum 3 months employment) 2. Already be working in Victoria (minimum 6 months employment)
3. Work in a highly skilled occupation in health, medical research, life sciences, agri-food or digital sectors which supports Victoria's economic recovery and/or health response. 3. Work in a highly skilled occupation in health, medical research or life sciences which supports Victoria’s economic recovery and/or health response.
See Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) for further information. See Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) for further information.
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