Skilled Migration Visas

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Skilled - Nominated (190) visa

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

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 for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa if you meet the nomination criteria as outlined below.

If you are currently living overseas and your occupation is in demand or you have close family living in the Territory, you may be eligible for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa if you meet the nomination criteria as outlined below.

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

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

Skilled - Nominated (provisional) (489) visa

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

Meeting the requirements

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 (190) Visa. Here’s how to check:


  1. Visit the DIBP website (link below) to make sure you qualify for the visa category you are seeking nomination. Remember, the ACT Government does not grant visas.
  2. Confirm your occupation is on the current ACT Occupation List:

    ACT Occupation List (Updated March 2016) ACT Occupation List (Updated March 2016)
  3. As well as having a listed occupation, you need to meet the ACT nomination criteria. The criteria are clearly documented in the ACT nomination guidelines:

    190 Guidelines (Updated July 2016) 190 Guidelines (Updated July 2016)

Apply 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 account.

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

  • Skilled-nomination (190) visa (Fee: $300)


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Apply for your visa

ACT nomination is NOT a visa application; it can only assist you in meeting the requirements for the visa.

To apply for a visa you must apply to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), the Australian Government agency which manages the visa application and approval process for all migrants to Australia.

All potential migrants, including those who are nominated by a state or territory government, must record their details through a SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI).

DIBP - SkillSelect

You must lodge an EOI before you apply for ACT nomination.

When you complete your EOI you will receive an ID from DIBP. Your EOI ID must be included in your Application for ACT nomination.

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

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 The ACT provides a free settlement service to help ACT nominated migrants 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. We will also follow up with a phone call or email.