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Migration Newsletter for Melbourne and Victoria December 2016 – Updates for State Nomination for ICT occupations, complying investments for 188C SIV visa holders and information for the Entrepreneur visa

Migration Newsletter for Melbourne and Victoria December 2016 – Updates for State Nomination for ICT occupations, complying investments for 188C SIV visa holders and information for the Entrepreneur visa

The state of Victoria has announced a few updates to their state nomination occupation list and business visa nomination requirements. Here is a summary of the updates.

ICT Occupations no longer available for state nomination

The following ICT occupations are no longer accepted for state nomination from Victoria:

  • 135112   ICT Project Manager
  • 261111   ICT Business Analyst
  • 261112   Systems Analyst
  • 261311   Analyst Programmer
  • 261312   Developer Programmer
  • 261313   Software Engineer
  • 261314   Software Tester
  • 261399   Software and Applications Programmers nec
  • 262111   Database Administrator
  • 262112   ICT Security Specialist
  • 263111   Computer Network and Systems Engineer

The temporary suspension of sponsorship for the ICT occupations above will last until 6 March 2017.

Occupations removed from Victoria state nomination occupation list

The following occupations are no longer eligible for sponsorship from the state of Victoria:

  • 234411 Geologist
  • 234412 Geophysicist

Updates to the Business Innovation and Investment visas for Victoria

The Victorian Government has announced the following changes to the business innovation and investment visas nominated by the state government of Victoria.

  • Approval from Victorian Government no longer required for change in complying investments
  • A new application form for the subclass 888 Significant Investor Visa will be available in early 2017
  • Significant investor visa holders nominated by Victoria are reminded to notify the state government when they arrive in Victoria
  • The application form for the recently launched subclass 188 Entrepreneur Visa is now available on the LiveInVictoria website
  • The factsheet about the Entrepreneur Visa for Victoria is available here
  • A new application form for the subclass 888 Investor Visa stream will be available in early 2017

Additionally the Victoria Skilled and Business Migration Programme Department will be closed on the following dates:

  • Boxing Day public holiday: Monday 26 December 2016
  • Christmas Day public holiday: Tuesday 27 December 2016
  • New Year’s Day public holiday: Monday 2 January 2017


Comments by Chris Johnston – Principal Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent at Work Visa Lawyers

As 2016 comes to a close State and Territory departments may start looking at planning numbers and introduce a temporary suspension of nomination for certain occupations, or announce higher requirements for occupations which have a high number of applications. Visa applicants are advised to obtain state nomination from the relevant State/Territory as soon as possible before changes are introduced.

This information is accurate on 6 December 2016

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