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. 

Settle & retain overseas workers

Three business people having coffee in Canberra

There are many ways you can support your new overseas skilled employee once the visa paperwork has been finalised, to help the placement be more successful. These include:

Preparing an employee welcome pack
Preparing an employee welcome pack with information about local services, facilities and the culture of your workplace is a great way to welcome a new overseas employee into your organisation.

Helping with spouse and family support
Moving to a new country with a family is a daunting experience. Any support you can give such as recommendations for schools or community groups to join, will be much appreciated and work towards retaining your employee for the longer term.

Helping with temporary accommodation
Suggest places to stay, organise temporary accommodation or connect your new employee with another worker, colleague or friend that is offering a share-house arrangement.

Providing an official welcome
Whether it’s a morning tea or a staff dinner, it’s important to make your new employee feel welcome and start the placement on a positive note.

Online communities
Put your new employee in touch with online community websites that cater to migrants and expatriates.