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State & Territory Nominations updates for 190 and 491 visas - VIC, NSW, TAS, ACT and SA

State & Territory Nominations updates for 190 and 491 visas - VIC, NSW, TAS, ACT and SA

Victoria State Nomination update 07 December 2020 


Victoria Business Nomination Remain Closed 26 November 2020 - 188 visa and 132 visa

Business innovation and investor visa nomination applications (subclass 188A, 188B, and 188E streams and subclass 132A and 132B streams) remain closed to new applications as announced on 26 November 2020. Significant Investor (subclass 188C) visa nominations have opened on 30 November 2020 in Victoria. 

Victoria has reopened its 2020-2021 nomination for 188 visa and 132 visa on 8 September 2020.

All applications must meet new criteria and be submitted before 21 September 2020 at 5 pm AEST, giving only 2 weeks to apply!

This comes soon after Victoria announcing on Sunday that the lockdown will be extended by at least further two weeks, until 28 September.

The new criteria required that the planned activitiy (business and/or investment) must promote economic and health recovery from the pandemic.

There is a new form for expressing your interest.
This requires details including:
  • Acceptance of the new requirements
  • Explanation of what your contribution to the recovery will be (200 words or less) in either:
    • Business activity
    • Investment activity

This is according to news published by Live in Melbourne. We expect further information following the Federal Budget around 6 October 2020.

Victoria Skilled Migration - 491 visa and 190 visa

The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that Victoria continues to use the interim allocation places beyond 5 October 2020. 

By 02 October 2020, Victoria's temporary allocation for 2020-21 were: 

  • 600 places for skilled subclass 190
  • 200 places for skilled subclass 491
  • 400 places for the business innovation and investment program

Victoria has received more than 2,400 registrations of interest received from skilled migrants, and more than 480 application from business migrants.

On 26 November 2020, Victoria has annouced that the skilled program (subclass 190 and subclass 491) remain closed to new applications. They continue to select high calibre skilled migrants for nomination from the pool of Registration of Interest submissions.

Once Victoria receives confirmation of its full 2020-21 nomination allocations for the skilled and business migration programs, it would reopen its 2020-2021 nomination for 491 visa and 190 visa soon.

It will only select applicants to apply for Victorian visa nomination if their Registration of Interest demonstrates they are working in health or medical research and contributing to Victoria’s economic recovery and/or health response.  

To be considered for Victorian visa nomination, you must submit a Registration of Interest for Victorian State Visa Nomination.  Applicants who register their interest may then be selected to apply for Victorian visa nomination.  

To be eligible to submit your Registration of Interest (ROI) for Victorian visa nomination (subclass 190 and 491) you must

  • be currently living in Victoria, and
  • be currently employed in Victoria (minimum six months), and
  • work in a highly-skilled occupation in health or medical research, which supports Victoria’s economic recovery and/or health response

VIC will then select the best candidates to apply for Victorian visa nomination.

We are expecting a further update from Live in Melbourne following 6 October 2020.

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Increase Your Chances of Getting a 491/190 State Nomination: 4 things to do while waiting for state nomination to re-open

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If you are interested in applying for a subclass 491 or a subclass 190 visa, you will need to be nominated by an Australian state or territory. At present, all the states and territories in Australia are closed for new nominations. This is because the Federal Government has not yet announced the quota for the program 2020-21 year.

The subclass 190 and subclass 491 visas are point-based visas, requiring visa applicants to have a minimum of 65 points, plus be nominated by an Australian State or Territory. 

With the significant decrease in migration numbers in the coming year, obtaining state/territory nomination is more competitive than ever. States and territories are more likely to nominate high quality applicants, especially those working in essental occupations to assist with post-COVID recovery. While you wait for state nomination applications to re-open, you may want to work on increasing your points to increase your chances of getting a nomination.

There is no indication for when nomination applications will be accepted again, therefore it is imperative that you have all your documents ready to lodge an application as soon as possible. Some states may work on a 'first come, first served' basis, as such, being prepared to apply for nomination as soon as applications are open may work in your favour.

In this article, we give you 4 tips to improve your chances of getting state nomination. 

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IELTS vs PTE: Which English Test is Easier? Plus Tips for Better English Scores



In this video, we are joined by Scott Johnston from Swoosh English to give us an insight into the popular International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Pearson Test of English (PTE) tests, including some helpful tips and tricks to get the best English results.

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Update August 2020 491 visa 190 visa and Business Visa South Australia nominations

Update August 2020 491 visa 190 visa and Business Visa South Australia nominations

Today it has been announced by Immigration SA that they have received a limited allocation from the Department of Home Affairs for GSM 491 visa and 190 visa nominations and Business/Investment visa nominations. 

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Appealing a Visa Refusal: 7 Frequently Asked Questions

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An Australian Visa refusal can be devastating for everyone involved and can put your future in Australia in immediate jeopardy and uncertainty. However, your visa refusal does not necessarily mean it is the end of your pathway to Australia.

In this article, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions for applicants that have received visa refusals.

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SkillSelect May & June 2020 Invitation Rounds Affected by COVID-19

SkillSelect May & June 2020 Rounds

After months of not releasing the number of invitations issued through SkillSelect, the Department of Home Affairs has finally released the invitation rounds for May and June 2020. Not everyone will be happy with the results.

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Five Visa Changes for International Students During COVID-19

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International students are important to Australia as they have made a major contribution in Australia’s economy and Australian society. To limit the impact of Covid 19 pandemic on international students, the Federal Government have announced five major changes which will impact the students currently in Australia and those who are overseas and are unable to travel to Australia due to Covid 19.

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First Invitation Round for New Migration Year 2020-21 (subclass 189 & 491 Family-Sponsored)

189 and 491 Invitations July 2020


The Department of Home Affairs has sent out the first round of invitations for the 2020-2021 program year on 14 July 2020.

This first round of invitation for the subclass 189 and 491 (family-sponsored) is a positive indication that the monthly invitation rounds will continue.

At the current time, the subclass 190 and 491 state sponsored visas are still on hold.

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COVID-19 and Employer-Sponsored Visas (subclass 482 & 457) - Frequently Asked Questions



Many employer-sponsored visa holders experienced changes to their employment as a result of the COVID-19. These unprecedented times have presented many challenges for these visa holders, including questions as to how their visas will be affected by these changes.

We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions to answer some of these questions. 

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Common Occupations for the Global Talent Independent Visa (GTI)

GTI common occupations

We are receiving a lot of questions regarding the scope of the sectors for the Global Talent Independent visa. As there is no set occupation list for the GTI visa, many potential candidates do not know whether their occupations will fall within one of the seven target sectors.

As of 17 December 2020, Direction 89 lists priority sectors as:

  • Resources
  • Agri-food and AgTech
  • Energy
  • Health industries
  • Defence, advanced manufacturing and space
  • Circular economy
  • DigiTech
  • Infrastructure and tourism
  • Financial services and FinTech
  • Education​

Please note this blog was written prior to 17 December 2020.

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