ACT Skilled Migration Program closed to overseas applicants until July 2017

Effective 14 September 2016, if you are living overseas you cannot apply for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa until July 2017. 

Canberra residents

This action does not affect Canberra based applicants. You are still able to apply for ACT nomination if you meet the nomination criteria.

Streamlined PhD nominations

This action does not affect ACT PhD alumni living overseas. You are still able to apply for steamlined nomination if you meet the nomination criteria. Email migrationservices@act.gov.au for advice on how to lodge the online application. 

ACT Occupation List will be updated in July 2017

The demand for ACT occupations will be reassessed in July 2017. The updated ACT Occupation List will be published when the ACT Migration Program reopens to overseas applicants in July 2017. 

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The life of the mind is important in Canberra.

We’re home to some of Australia’s most prestigious universities and educational institutions.

A school system that has a national reputation for achieving excellent academic results. And some of the world’s leading cultural, scientific, historical and sporting institutions and facilities.

No wonder we’re the most educated population in Australia. 

Read about the PhD graduates streamlined ACT nomination, coming into effect 1 November 2016.

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