Do you have a PhD?

Holders of a recognised PhD now have a streamlined pathway to permanent residence. The Victorian Government has introduced a new pathway to state nomination through the Skilled Nominated 190 visa. To be eligible, applicants will need to:


  • have completed a PhD in at a Victorian University and have an occupation on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) Schedule 1 and 2; or
  • have completed a doctorate of a recognised standard (as determined by the relevant skill assessing authority) in a field relating to an occupation on the State Nomination Occupation List for Victoria.


Applicants must also be eligible to apply for General Skilled Migration and meet all other state nomination eligibility requirements. There are a limited number of nominations available.

To find out more contact the Victorian Government’s Skilled and Business Migration Program:

Phone: +613 9651 9756
Email: Skilled@LiveInVictoria.vic.gov.au
Web: LiveInVictoria.vic.gov.au/phd