However, if you are living overseas and you have close ties (either family or genuine job offer) in Canberra; OR you have completed a PhD at an ACT university, you can still apply for ACT 190 nomination if you meet the criteria. 

CANBERRA RESIDENTS - if you are living in Canberra, you can apply for ACT 190 nomination as soon as you meet the nomination criteria. 

Skilled visa - ACT 190 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 Nominated (subclass 190) visa and see whether you are eligible to apply for ACT nomination.

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 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 Home Affairs to apply for the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa.

The ACT Skilled Migration Program may close at any time (without notice) once it is deemed that the program targets have been met for the particular financial year.

You must read the ACT 190 nomination guidelines carefully; and be satisfied that you meet the ACT 190 nomination criteria BEFORE you apply for ACT 190 nomination

Skilled - Nominated (provisional) (subclass 489) visa

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

ACT 190 nomin​ation guidelines - updated 19 January 2018

Read the ACT nomination guidelines carefully and ensure that you meet the ACT nomination criteria before you lodge an application

Guidelines - ACT 190 nomination

Guidelines - ACT 190 nomination

Streamlined PhD nomination criteria

The ACT offers streamlined nomination for holders of a PhD completed at an ACT university. You will benefit from a simplified application process with minimal supporting documentation, priority processing and the removal of the $300 service fee.

Your nominated occupation does not have to be in demand in Canberra. You may nominate any occupation on Department of Home Affairs List of Eligible Skilled Occupations as long as you have the relevant skill assessment.

Read the ACT nomination guidelines carefully and ensure that you meet the ACT nomination criteria before you lodge an application

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ACT Occupation List - 18 March 2018

The ACT Occupation List is informed by Department of Home Affairs 'List of Eligible Skilled Occupations'. As changes can be made to the eligibility of occupations without notice, you are advised to check the relevant Home Affairs legislation for the current ‘List of Eligible Skilled Occupations’

ACT Occupation List 

ACT Occupation List

The ACT Occupation List will be updated on a regular basis to reflect the current demand in Canberra for each occupation. Once it is determined that the demand for an occupation has been met, the occupation will be closed without further notice. The demand for all occupations will be reassessed in 2018.

Applying for ACT 190 nomination

Please ensure you have read the guidelines for ACT 190 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.

Individuals (not using an agent):

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Migration Agents:

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Applying for your visa

The Department of Home Affairs 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 Home Affairs criteria for a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa. 

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

Home Affairs  - Skill Select

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 Home Affairs. 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 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. 

Further Information