There is no charge to apply for state nomination. There is a fee to lodge your visa application with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) though. For more information regarding DIBP visa charges, visit the DIBP website.
The Skilled Nominated (190) visa is a permanent visa allowing you to live and work anywhere in the state of Victoria, including Melbourne.
The Skilled Regional (489) visa is a provisional three year visa during which you must live and work in regional Victoria (this does not include Melbourne) to meet the criteria for the second stage permanent residency visa.
All applicants must provide a copy of their English language test at the time of application unless they are passport holders and citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America, or the Republic of Ireland.
A General or Academic IELTS result will be accepted however the score requirement for nomination is the same for each.
Note that certain occupations require a higher standard of English for the purpose of state nomination; check the State Nomination Occupation Lists for Victoria for details. The Victorian Government does not participate in the English language concession.
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