20 October 2017

Victoria state sponsorship changes

Victoria temporarily closes their state sponsorship program for engineering and building occupations

Closure of applications for engineering and building occupations

There has been a temporary closure of applications for engineering and building occupations on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria from 16 October 2017 to 12 January 2018. This is due to an unprecedented number of application submissions in recent months. The closure will allow processing of all outstanding applications and reduce the risk of delay for future applicants.

Closure will be in place from 16 October 2017 until 12 January 2018, and It affects only the 190 and 489 visa applications. Applicants who hold an offer of employment in Victoria in their nominated occupation or meet the streamlined PhD or 457 pathways are not affected by this closure and may apply for these engineering and building occupations during this time.

All applications received prior to 16 October 2017 will be assessed against the guidelines that applied at time of application and an outcome will be provided in due course.

EOI's will stay in the pool but Victoria will not consider any until after 18 January 2018. If applicants want sponsorship from Victoria specifically, they will need to apply directly, asking for sponsorship to support their Skilled Visa (190 or 489). A decision usually takes 3 months, and if approved, an invite is automatically issued. It is worth noting though, that spaces for 'Pro-rate' occupations are limited, and so getting sponsorship from Victoria will be very competitive.

Occupations affected by the temporary closure

The occupations affected by the temporary closure are listed below

Occupations affected by the temporary closure
Occupation ANZSCO Code
Building Associate 312112
Civil Engineer 233211
Civil Engineering Draftsperson 312211
Electrical Engineer 233311
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson 312311
Mechanical Engineer 233512
Engineering Technologist 233914

To check if you are eligible to immigrate to Australia under one of the Skilled Visa classes complete the Skilled Assessment below.

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