The Victorian Government provides free visa nomination for eligible international graduates with specific skills, who have completed their studies in Australia and want to live and work in Victoria. Check the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Graduates to see if your specific skills are eligible for visa nomination.
The Victorian Government offers a streamlined pathway to visa nomination for international PhD graduates. Applications will be processed within two weeks, compared to the average 12 week processing time.
To be eligible, you will need to either:
Other requirements include:
Applications for isa nomination should be made online and must include evidence of your PhD completion.
For more information contact the Skilled and Business Migration Program.
As a graduating international student there are several pathways to permanent residency, depending upon your personal circumstances. Choose the student status that best describes your circumstances from the following table and work out which visa type may suit you.
|International student status
|I have recently graduated from an Australian university, I’m on a student or qualifying visa and I have an occupation on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) on the DIBP website
||Skilled Independent (189) visa
|I have recently graduated from an Australian university, I'm on a student or qualifying visa and I have an occupation on the Visa Nomination List for Graduates
||State Nominated||Skilled Nominated (190) visa|
|I have recently completed a qualification gained in Australia as a result of at least two years study and I'm on a student visa||Independent||Temporary Graduate (485) visa|
|I have an offer of employment in a regional area of Victoria, for an occupation on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria||State Nominated||Skilled Regional (489) visa|
I have graduated from a recognised overseas university
|Independent||Skilled - Recognised Graduate (476) visa|
|I have completed a PhD within a Victorian university in the past five years and have an occupation on the Combined list of eligible skilled occupations on the DIBP website
|I have completed a PhD of a recognised standard from an overseas university or an Australian university outside of Victoria in the part five years and have an occupation on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria|| State Nominated
||Skilled Nominated (190) visa|
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website provides further information about the full range of visa options available and eligibility requirements.
While you are still studying, use the career advisory and employment services available through your educational institution. Career staff are well-connected with past graduates who are now employing people and they also understand the job market. They are usually available to help you personally and they may also organise a range of seminars you can attend to help you search for a job.
Careers services also have a range of resources and information to help you decide your career direction, teach you how to find opportunities and how to market your skills and successfully apply for jobs. For more information about careers services on campus, visit the Graduate Opportunities website.
Undertaking a professional year can also provide you with the opportunity to gain important work skills and experience in your chosen occupation.
For more information about professional year programs currently available to recent international graduates visit the DIBP website.
Read stories about these international graduates who have made Victoria their home:
For more information about graduate employment visit the following websites:
To discuss your options for state nomination or any other queries, please contact us