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

The ACT will accept applications for streamlined nomination from ACT PhD alumni living overseas.  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, 

Skilled visa - ACT nomination

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The ACT Government can support your dream to live permanently in Canberra. Read through the following information about ACT nomination of a skilled visa and see whether you meet the nomination criteria

Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa

The Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa is a points-based visa for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory because their occupations are in demand in that jurisdiction. 

If you have the skills or qualifications that Canberra needs, or you are working in Canberra in a skilled occupation, you may be eligible for ACT nomination for the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa. 

From 1 November 2016, if you are a PhD graduate from an ACT university, you may be eligible to apply for streamlined, fee free ACT nomination.  

If you are nominated by the ACT you are awarded five additional points towards your overall points score. On ACT nomination, if you have the required 60 points, you will automatically receive an invitation from Department of Immigration and Border Protection to apply for the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa.

Before you apply for ACT nomination, you must read the nomination guidelines carefully and make sure that you meet the nomination criteria. 

Skilled - Nominated (provisional) (subclass 489) visa

Please note the ACT does not have access to nominate subclass 489 visas.
 

Meeting the ACT nomination criteria

Living in Canberra

If you are currently in Australia, you must be living in Canberra before you are eligible to apply for ACT nomination. You will not meet the ACT’s eligibility criteria for nomination if you or any members of your immediate family (spouse / partner or children), are currently living in another Australian state or territory.

If you are living in Canberra, you may be eligible to apply for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nom190ted (subclass 190) visa if you have a genuine intention to continue living in Canberra for two years from permanent visa grant.

You must nominate an occupation on the Consoidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). The nominated occupation can have a status of 'open' or 'closed' on the ACT Occupation List. 

You must demonstrate that you meet the nomination criteria as outlined in the Guidelines - ACT 190 nomination. 

Living overseas

If you are currently living overseas and your occupation is in demand (open) on the ACT Occupation List, or you have close ties to the ACT, you may be eligible for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa if you meet the nomination criteria as outlined in the Guidelines -  ACT 190 nomination.

ACT nomin​ation guidelines - updated 1 January 2017

Read the ACT nomination guidelines carefully and ensure that you meet the ACT nomination criteria.

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ACT streamlined nomination for PhD Graduates - effective 1 November 2016

The ACT will accept applications for streamlined nomination from PhD graduates living overseas.  Please email migrationservices@act.gov.au for advice on how to apply

The ACT is offering free, streamlined nomination for holders of a PhD awarded from an ACT university. This means that, subject to meeting Commonwealth visa requirements, you may be eligible to apply for fast tracked territory nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa. You will benefit from a simplified application process with minimal supporting documentation, priority processing and the removal of the $300 service fee. Your occupation does not have to be in demand in Canberra. You may nominate any occupation on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) as long as you have the relevant skill assessment.  Once ACT nomination is confirmed on SkillSelect, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will simultaneously issue the visa invitation to apply for a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190).

Canberra residents

You are eligible to apply for streamlined ACT nomination if you have completed a PhD at an ACT university. You must be living in Canberra for at least 12 months before you apply. There is no criteria relating to when your PhD was awarded by an ACT university providing that you meet the Canberra residency requirement.

Interstate / overseas residents 

If you are living in another state or territory, or you are living overseas, you are eligible to apply for streamlined ACT nomination if your PhD was awarded by an ACT university no more than two years before you apply.

Guidelines - ACT streamlined PhD 190 nomination Guidelines - ACT streamlined PhD 190 nomination

Once ACT nomination is confirmed on SkillSelect, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will simultaneously issue the visa invitation to apply for a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190).

ACT Occupation List - updated 10 September 2016

If you are living in Canberra, you may be eligible to apply for ACT nomination. Your nominated occupation may be 'open' or 'closed' on the ACT Occupation List. 

If you are living overseas, you may be eligible to apply for ACT nomination if your occupation is in demand and ‘open’ on the ACT Occupation List, or, if your occupation is closed, you have close ties to Canberra.

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Applying for ACT nomination

Please ensure you have read the guidelines for ACT nomination to check your eligibility before you apply. A non-refundable $300 service fee is charged for processing applications for ACT nomination.

Individuals who are not using an agent may apply directly for ACT nomination without creating an account.

Migration agents lodging an application on behalf of a client must create an agency account.

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Applying for your visa

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is the Australian Government agency which manages the visa application and approval process for all migrants to Australia.

Before you submit an application for ACT nomination, you must be satisfied that you meet the Department of Immigration and Border Protection criteria for a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa. 

You must complete an Expression of Interest (EOI)  on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection SkillSelect before you apply for ACT nomination. When you complete your EOI you will receive an ID from Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Your EOI ID must be included in your application for ACT nomination.

DIBP - SkillSelect

If your application for ACT nomination is approved, your EOI will be confirmed on SkillSelect and the visa invitation will be automatically issued by Department of Immigration and Border Protection. You will then have 60 days to apply for a Skilled-Nominated (subclass 190) visa.

ACT nomination does not guarantee that the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa will be granted.

When your visa has been granted

Let us know when your visa has been granted by emailing  a copy of the visa grant notification to welcometocanberra@act.gov.au. The ACT provides a free settlement service to  ACT nominated migrants to help you settle in Canberra.

The Welcome to Canberra team will:

  • provide information and advice to help you move to Canberra by referring  you to the relevant websites.
  • keep you up to date with regular newsletters including information about special events and upcoming activities in Canberra.
  • meet with you (by appointment only) when you arrive in Canberra and give you some initial settlement support and advice.
  • follow up with a phone call or email so see how you are settling in Canberra
  • send you a settlement survey every 6 months (for 2 years) to find out about your new life in our beautiful city.