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International Graduates

State nomination

The Victorian Government provides free state 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 State Nomination Occupation List for Graduates to see if your specific skills are eligible for state nomination.

State nomination for international PhD graduates

The Victorian Government offers a streamlined pathway to state 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:

  • have completed a PhD at a Victorian University in an occupation on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) in the past five years, or
  • have completed a PhD of a recognised standard (as determined by the relevant skill assessing authority) from an overseas university or an Australian university outside of Victoria, in a field relating to an occupation on the State Nomination Occupation List for Victoria in the past five years. 

Other requirements include:

  • an English language test with a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 in each band or equivalent
  • a skills assessment. PhD applicants are not required to have any previous work experience, but  some skill assessing authorities require at least twelve months of work experience in order to obtain a full skills assessment.  

Applications for state nomination should be made online and must include evidence of your PhD completion.

For more information contact the Skilled and Business Migration Program

Visa options for international students

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
Nominated or
independent visa
Visa type
I have recently graduated from an Australian university, I’m on a student or qualifying visa and I have an occupation on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) on the DIBP website
Independent
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 State Nomination List for Graduates in Victoria
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 State 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 Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) on the DIBP website
State Nominated

Skilled Nominated (190) visa

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 State 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.

Support for international graduates

Career services at your educational institution

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.

Professional year program for international graduates

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

Stories from international graduates

Read stories about these international graduates who have made Victoria their home:

Further information

For more information about graduate employment visit the following websites:

To discuss your options for state nomination or any other queries, please contact us