Temporary closure in skilled applications for ICT occupations

Victorian State Department today announced that due to backlog of large number of currently processing skilled visa applicants (subclasses 190 and 489)  whom are seeking Victoria's state nomination for ICT (Information & Communication Technology) occupations, it will not accept any new applications for the next four months from Friday, 11 November 2016 to March 6, 2017.

It is also anticipated that the four month closure for those occupations may be extended. This decision has been made by Victoria's State Department in the spirit of fairness for the currently processing applicants and to reduce the risk of further delays in assessing their applications.

The affected occupations are:

  • 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

Currently submitted ICT nomination applications will be processed accordingly and no further delays are expected.

The Victorian State Department has not made any announcements in relation to closure of nomination for other occupations.

It is also notable that the streamlined PhD and 457 nomination applicants who have nominated ICT as their occupation will not be affected by this closure.


If you have IT background and seeking to migrate to Australia and thinking of resettling in the state of Victoria (the capital of the state of Victoria is Melbourne) under Australia's General Skilled Migration Program, you may wish to seek nomination by the Victorian State Department to increase your chances of success in securing a permanent resident visa.

The process of Skills Assessment and State Nomination can be a daunting task and proper migration planning is vital to the success of your immigration plans. Failure to receive a positive skills assessment or positive state nomination could translate to a failure to secure Australia's permanent resident visa.

Contact us today for a personalised face-to-face or video-conferencing consultation session.

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