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
registration requirements for certain occupations. Refer to the State Nomination Occupation List for Victoria for more details
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.