The Victorian government has decided to temporarily close Victorian State Nomination for occupations in Building and Engineering occupations due to the significant number of nomination applications received in the past months. Applications will be closed for these occupations between 16 October 2017 and 12 January 2018. The Victorian State government will make exceptions available to:
- applicants who hold a job offer in Victoria in their nominated occupation; or
- applicants who meet the streamlined Ph.D. pathway; or
- applicants who meet the streamlined 457 pathway.
The occupations affected by the temporary closure include:
- Building Associate
- Civil Engineer
- Civil Engineering Draftsperson
- Electrical Engineer
- Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
- Mechanical Engineer
- Engineering Technologist
The state government also introduced the following new minimum requirements to Engineering occupations which will take effect as of 16 October 2017:
This means applicants for Victorian State Nomination whose applications will not be accepted due to the temporary closure will be assessed against the new guidelines.
The latest invitation round conducted in October saw the minimum required points to get an invitation for Engineering related occupations rise to 65-70. As these occupations become more competitive, applicants are more likely to try to access the State Nomination pathways.
Other State governments, including Tasmania and NSW, also offer State sponsorship for these occupations. Hammond Taylor expects that the number of applications for NSW State Nomination will increase significantly due to the 3-month closure in Victoria. This may, in turn, result in NSW creating additional criteria for nomination in these occupations.
Hammond Taylor recommends that SkillSelect applicants think seriously about the time-frame for their visa application due to these changes and increasing demand for SkillSelect visas.