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 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, 

Visa Pathways

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Temporary work visa

An employer can sponsor a skilled worker from overseas for a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) if they cannot find an Australian citizen or permanent resident to do the skilled work. This visa allows skilled workers to travel to Australia and work in their nominated occupation for an approved business for up to four years.  FInd out more on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Permanent residence

An ACT employer can sponsor a skilled worker from overseas for permanent residence under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187). The visa has three streams:

Temporary Residence Transition stream.

You may sponsor an employee under this stream if they have worked for you in the nominated position for at least two years on a subclass 457 visa. Your employer nomination is lodged with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) without input from the Regional Certifying Body (RCB).

Direct Entry stream

This stream allows you to sponsor an employee who has worked for you for less than two years if the RSMS nomination is assessed by the local Regional Certifying Body (RCB) as meeting certain criteria. The RCB in Canberra is Innovate Canberra, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, ACT Government. See our 'Nominate a skilled employee’page for guidelines on applying for RCB support.

Agreement stream

The agreement stream is for people nominated by an employer through a labour agreement