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. 

PhD graduates streamlined ACT nomination update

Published 11th October 2016

The ACT Government will begin accepting applications for streamlined nomination of PhD graduates from Canberra institutions from 1 November 2016. Subject to meeting Australian Government requirements, international students awarded a PhD by an ACT university can apply for fast tracked nomination to live and work in Canberra through the State/Territory nominated (subclass 190) visa.

Canberra residents who have been living in Canberra for at least 12 months can apply for streamlined ACT nomination if you have been awarded a PhD by an ACT university. There is no criteria relating to when your PhD was awarded by an ACT university providing that you meet the Canberra residency requirement.

Applicants from other parts of Australia and from overseas can apply for streamlined ACT nomination if your PhD was awarded by an ACT university no more than two years before you apply.

Applicants will benefit from a simplified application process with minimal supporting documentation and will not pay the ACT Government service fee ($300 at date of publication).

Full guidelines for streamlined ACT Nomination for PhD graduates will be available on this website from 17 October 2016. Applications for streamlined ACT nomination will open on 1 November 2016.