State Nomination from Victoria

Victoria welcomes skilled migrants from all over the world who can make Victoria's industries globally competitive.

Victoria (VIC) State Nomination for Skilled and Business Visas

Skilled migrants can seek state nomination from Victoria to meet eligibility criteria for following Skilled and Business migrant visas:

Victoria State Nomination for Skilled Migration Visas

State of Victoria provides visa nomination to highly skilled professionals, already employed and living in Victoria for the following skilled visas: Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491). To be selected to apply for Victorian skilled visa nomination and assessment, you must first lodge an EOI via SkillSelect and then submit a Registration of Interest for Victorian State Visa Nomination.

Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 Victoria State Nomination

The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent visa for skilled migrants with advanced talent currently working in Victoria using their STEMM skills. You must receive nomination from Victoria before you can apply for the visa. To be eligible to apply for Victorian Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa nomination, you must:

- Have had your Registration of Interest (ROI) selected.
- Live and work in Victoria.
- Work in a Victorian target sector using your STEMM skills.
- Be under 45 years of age.
- Have at least Competent English.
- Have a valid Skills Assessment.
- Have achieved at least 65 points.

Documents to Show You Meet the Requirements for Subclass 190 Victorian State Nomination

- Passport
- English language test
- Skills assessment
- Detailed resume or CV
- Employment contract
- Payslips
- Superannuation
- Position description
- Registration (if required, e.g. AHPRA)
- Victorian declaration form
- Appointment of agent form (if required)

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 491 Victoria State Nomination

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491) allows skilled migrants to live, study and work in designated regional areas for a period of 5 years. You must receive nomination from Victoria before you can apply for the visa. To be eligible to apply for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491) nomination, you must:

- Have had your Registration of Interest (ROI) selected.
- Live and work in regional Victoria.
- Work in a Victorian target sector using your STEMM skills.
- Be under 45 years of age.
- Have Competent English.
- Have a valid Skills Assessment.
- Have achieved the minimum points score.

Documents to Show You Meet the Requirements for Subclass 491 Victorian State Nomination

- Passport
- English language test
- Skills assessment
- Detailed resume or CV
- Employment contract
- Payslips
- Superannuation
- Position description
- Registration (if required, e.g. AHPRA)
- Victorian declaration form
- Appointment of agent form (if required)

Victoria State Nomination for Business and Investor Visas

Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 188)

The Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) has five streams available through the Department of Home Affairs' Business Innovation and Investment Program. Four streams allow applicants to be nominated by a state or territory government.

Subclass 188A - Business Innovation Stream

For those with business skills who want to establish, develop and manage a new or existing business in Australia. You must be nominated by a state or territory government.

Stay: Up to 5 years
Stay Longer: 3 years after you have this visa, you can apply for permanent residence.
State Nomination Application Fees: No fee
Nomination Processing Time: 20 business days

Eligibility to apply for Victorian Business Innovation Stream (Subclass 188A) Visa Nomination

- Be under 55 years of age,
- Have vocational English,
- Have a STEMM qualification or an MBA or relevant business history in a target sector,
- Have an innovative business proposal,
- Have scored at least 65 points,
- Be committed to meet the requirements for permanent residence, and meet the Department of Home Affairs requirements including minimum financial requirements.

Documents Required for Business Innovation Stream (Subclass 188A) Visa Nomination

- Passport
- English language evidence
- Qualifications documents
- Victorian nomination conditions declaration form
- Appointment of agent form (if required)

Subclass 188B - Investor Stream

For those of high net-worth who are willing to invest at least A$2.5 million into complying investments in Australia and maintain investment activity in Victoria. You must be nominated by a state or territory government.

Stay: Up to 5 years
Stay Longer: 3 years after you have this visa, you can apply for permanent residence.
State Nomination Application Fees: No fee
Nomination Processing Time: 20 business days

Eligibility to apply for Victorian Investor Stream (Subclass 188B) Visa Nomination

- Be under 55 years of age.
- Intend to live in Victoria.
- Be able to make a complying investment of at least A$2.5 million in Victoria.
- Have scored at least 80 points.
- Be committed to meet the requirements for permanent residence.
- Meet the Department of Home Affairs’ requirements.

Documents Required for Investor Stream (Subclass 188B) Visa Nomination

- A copy of your passport.
- A signed Victorian nomination conditions form.
- A signed Appointment of agent form (if required).
- Knowledge of the financial products you intend to invest in.
- The contact details of your fund manager/s and fund management company/companies.
- Evidence that your proposed complying investments meet Victoria’s eligibility criteria.

Subclass 188C – Significant Investor Stream

For those of high net-worth who are willing to invest at least A$5 million into complying investments in Australia and maintain investment activity in Victoria. You must be nominated by a state or territory government.

Stay: Up to 5 years
Stay Longer: 3 years after you have this visa, you can apply for permanent residence.
State Nomination Application Fees: No fee
State Nomination Processing Time: 10 business days

Eligibility to apply for Victorian Business Innovation Stream (Subclass 188C) Visa Nomination

Intend to live in Victoria.
Be able to make a complying investment of at least A$5 million in Victoria.
Be committed to meet the requirements for permanent residence.
Meet the Department of Home Affairs’ requirements.

Documents Required for Business Innovation Stream (Subclass 188C) Visa Nomination

A copy of your passport.
A signed Victorian nomination conditions form.
A signed Appointment of agent form (if required).
Knowledge of the financial products you intend to invest in.
The contact details of your fund manager/s and fund management company/companies.
Evidence that your proposed complying investments meet Victoria’s eligibility criteria.

Subclass 188D – Entrepreneur Stream

Victoria is not currently open to applications for nomination under this stream. Current subclass 188E visa holders and those nominated for this visa before July 1, 2021 can view information here.

Eligibility to apply for Victorian Business Innovation Stream (Subclass 188D) Visa Nomination

Age

Applicants must be under 55 years of age.

Funding From a Third Party

The applicant must have a funding agreement in place with an authorised third party funding body for a total of at least A$200,000. The Department of Home Affairs specifies who these third party funding bodiesexternal link can be.

Innovation

The entrepreneurial activity must relate to an innovative idea that is proposed to lead to the commercialisation of a new or improved product or service or the development of a new enterprise of business. This visa is not for individuals seeking to establish a regular business.

What is innovation?

Innovation is a new idea, product or process that creates better solutions for businesses, consumers, the economy and society. Innovation creates jobs, improves efficiencies and addresses barriers to growth. Innovation is not just about creating a new product, but also about improving ways of doing things.

Business Plan

A detailed business plan or “pitch” document is required for the visa nomination application. Applicants should also provide information on the potential benefit to Victoria of the innovation in their business plan or as an attachment to the application.

Applicants can re-use their business plan or “pitch” document that was submitted to obtain third party funding for the innovation idea.

Benefit to Victoria

Applicants must show how their proposed entrepreneurial activity will benefit Victoria. This is evaluated on a case by case basis. Factors taken into account include, but are not limited to:
- The nature of the innovation, whether it increases efficiencies, creates a dynamic product or improves existing services
- The potential economic contribution to be made to Victoria by the innovation, as well as any social or environmental benefits
- Whether the innovation addresses a significant need in an industry sector in Victoria
- Whether the innovation is likely to lead to employment opportunities for Victorians
- Whether a patent, design or trademark has been registered for the innovation.

Victoria encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. All factors particular to a case will be taken into consideration in our assessment.  Applicants must also demonstrate that either:
- The third party funding body has Victorian operations, or
- The entrepreneurial activity will be undertaken in Victoria.

Sufficient funds to settle in Victoria

The applicant and their dependents must have sufficient funds to settle in Victoria. Applicants are required to declare that they have sufficient funds for settlement in their Victorian visa nomination application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to research and determine the cost of living in Victoria to ensure their own financial resources are adequate for settlement. See further information on the cost of living in Victoria.

Living in Victoria

Applicants must have a genuine and realistic commitment to live in Victoria permanently and continue to contribute to Victoria through entrepreneurial activity. We will assess the applicant's settlement intentions as part of the nomination application.

Subclass 188E - Extension Stream

For those who need to extend their stay in Victoria to give them more time to meet the requirements for the permanent residence (Subclass 888) Visa.

State Nomination Application Fees: No fee
State Nomination Processing Time: 10 days

Eligibility to apply for Victorian Business Innovation Stream (Subclass 188E) Visa Nomination

Business Innovation stream (Subclass 188E) Visa

- For at least 2 years and 9 months; and
- Own and actively operated your Victorian business for at least 1 year and 9 months.

Significant Investor stream (Subclass 188E) Visa

- For at least 2 years and 9 months, and
- Maintained complying investments for the duration of your provisional visa.

Documents Required for Business Innovation Stream (Subclass 188E) Visa Nomination

- Appointment of agent form (if required)
- Department of Home Affairs' Nomination - Business Skills Class Form 1414.

Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Visa (Subclass 888) Victoria State Nomination

This permanent visa allows you to continue to live in Australia and undertake business and investment activities if you are currently on a provisional visa.

Subclass 888 – Business Innovation Stream

This stream lets you continue to own and manage a business in Australia.

State Nomination Application Fees: No fee
State Nomination Processing Time: 20 days

Eligibility to apply for Victorian Business Innovation Stream (Subclass 888) Visa Nomination

Hold a Victorian nominated provisional visa, either a:

- Business Innovation stream (Subclass 188A) visa,
- Business Innovation Extension Stream (Subclass 188X) visa, or
- A Special Category (Subclass 444) visa, or
- In certain cases, a Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa.

Have met the Victorian nomination conditions for Business Innovation stream (Subclass 188A) visa including:

- Live in Victoria
- Manage and operate your innovative business in Victoria

Meet the Department of Home Affairs requirements including minimum financial requirements.

Documents Required for Business Innovation Stream (Subclass 888) Visa Nomination

- Passport.
- Evidence that you live in Victoria.
- 3 photos of the business (external and internal), products or service.
- Export activity information (if applicable).
- Evidence for Covid-19 concessions (if applicable).
- Victorian nomination conditions declaration form for Subclass 888.
- Appointment of agent form (if required).

Subclass 888 – Entrepreneur Stream

This stream lets you continue entrepreneurial activity in Australia.

Applicants must:

- Hold a current provisional Business innovation and Investment (subclass 188) Entrepreneur visa for a period of 4 years.
- Applicants must hold a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Entrepreneur visa nominated by the Victorian Government for a period of 4 years before their application.
- Establish a residency in Victoria
- Applicants must have established a residence and resided in Victoria for at least two out of the four preceding years while holding their Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Entrepreneur visa nominated by the Victorian Government.
- Meet your provisional visa nomination conditions.
- Applicants must demonstrate that they have met the nomination conditions they agreed to at the time of accepting their Victorian Government provisional visa nomination.

Applicants must have:

- Established a record of successful, ongoing entrepreneurial activity related to an innovative idea, which has led to the commercialisation of a new or improved product or service or the development of a new enterprise or business, which has provided benefit to Victoria; and
- Established a residence in Victoria and resided in Victoria for at least two of the four preceding years.

Contribution to Victoria's Economic Recovery or Health Response

You must address this new criterion using the 'Economic Recovery - Business and Investment Support Form' when you submit your application through the Live in Melbourne website. Factors that will be taken into consideration include:
- Investment or business activity in Victoria's future industries. These are: Medical technology, Critical infrastructure, Telecommunications, Transport technologies, Defence technologies, Construction technologies, International education, and Professional services.
- Business or investment activity which creates or retains employment in Victoria.
- Business or investment activity which is innovative.

Demonstrate Your Ongoing Commitment to Victoria

You will be required to demonstrate that you are committed to living and working in Victoria. The Victorian Government takes a flexible approach in assessing commitment, noting that individuals have different circumstances. Factors which may be considered include but are not limited to:
- Whether spouses/ partners and children are living, studying or working in Victoria.
- Steps taken towards living in Victoria in the future. For example, property purchase, school enrollment of children.
- Any other relevant factors, such as additional business or investment activity undertaken in Victoria beyond the complying entrepreneurial activity.

You are not required to demonstrate all of the above factors.

Subclass 888 – Investor Stream

This stream lets you continue investment and business activity in Australia.

Subclass 888 – Significant Investor Stream

This stream lets you continue investment and business activity in Australia.

Victoria State Nomination Registration of Interest (ROI)

To be selected for Victorian skilled visa nomination, you must first submit a Registration of Interest (ROI). The information you provide in your ROI helps us to decide whether you will be selected to apply for Victorian visa nomination. A ROI is not an application for Victorian visa nomination.

If you submitted a ROI during the 2020-21 program, you must submit a new ROI to be considered for selection to apply for the 2021-22 program. There are no submission windows for the 2021-22 program. You may submit a ROI at any time between 7 July 2021 and 29 April 2022. Your ROI will remain in State of Victoria's system for selection until it is withdrawn, selected or the program year ends.

You cannot update a ROI once it has been submitted. If your circumstances have changed or you provided incorrect information in your ROI, you must withdraw your existing ROI using the Live in Melbourne portal and submit a new ROI. You can only have 1 active ROI submitted at any time. You cannot submit a separate ROI for each subclass. If you wish to change the subclass, or anything else on your ROI, you must withdraw the existing ROI and submit a new ROI.

Information Required for Registration of Interest for Victorian Visa Nomination

- Your SkillSelect Expression of Interest ID.
- The skilled visa you are seeking Victorian Nomination for (Subclass 190 or 491).
- Your occupation, including ANZSCO code.
- Your employer's ABN and contact details.
- The purpose of your employer's business or service.
- A summary of the main duties you perform on a daily basis.
- The target sector that you are using your STEMM skills in the contribution you make to your sector.
- You must include information about any STEMM qualifications or specialised skill sets you hold.

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