Effective Friday 29 June 2018:

Canberra residents:
• You are eligible to apply for ACT 190 nomination if your nominated occupation is listed as ‘open’ on the current ACT Occupation List.

• You are not eligible to apply for ACT 190 nomination if your nominated occupation is listed as ‘closed ‘on the current ACT Occupation List.

Overseas residents: 
• The ACT 190 nomination program remains closed for overseas applicants without close ties to Canberra, and is now closed to overseas applicants with close ties to Canberra.

The ACT 190 nomination program will reopen to all applicants on 29 November 2018. 

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Skilled visa - ACT 190 nomination

Nominated Skilled Migration 190 visa pathway update


The ACT  190 Nomination program will reopen on 29 November 2018 with a new process for determining nominated applicants.

The ACT nominated Skilled Migration 190 visa pathway is intended to help address the specific skills shortages in the ACT. The number of available visa nominations each year is determined by the Commonwealth’s Department of Home Affairs for each state and territory and the ACT’s current allocation for 2018/19 is 800 nominations.

The pathway program will continue to be focused on occupations that are listed as ‘in-demand’, and assess a range of factors that support successful settlement and contribution to the ACT economy, such as previous residence and other ties to the ACT, English proficiency, and having a job offer in the ACT.

Demand for the 190 visa in the ACT has exceeded the Territory’s allocation in recent years, so replacing the first-in, first-served system with a merit-based assessment that is more in line with other jurisdictions around Australia will moderate supply and demand throughout the year and more effectively address the ACT’s skills needs.

Potential applicants that were close to qualifying to apply for subclass 190 nomination when the program was partially suspended in June 2018 may be eligible for additional points under the merit-based assessment system. This transitional measure will apply for the remainder of the 2018/19 program year.

The ACT Government consulted with program participants, migration agents, education providers, employers and others to develop the new nomination ranking system. This is a long-term policy change that will provide more certainty to prospective applicants, and will see ACT nominated places being supported throughout the year, without the need for sudden program closures.

Further details about the operation of the new approach will be provided to stakeholders in the coming weeks.

Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa

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The ACT Government can support your choice 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 an ACT nominated 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 confirmation of ACT nomination, if you have the required points as prescribed by the Department of Home Affairs, 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).

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

ACT 190 nomination 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.

Canberra residents:
• You are eligible to apply for ACT 190 PhD streamlined nomination if your nominated occupation is listed as ‘open’ on the current ACT Occupation List.
• You are not eligible to apply for ACT 190 PhD streamlined nomination if your nominated occupation is listed as ‘closed ‘on the current ACT Occupation List.

Overseas and interstate residents:
• The ACT 190 PhD streamlined nomination program is currently closed to interstate and overseas applicants.

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

Guidelines - ACT streamlined PhD 190 nomination  Guidelines - ACT streamlined PhD 190 nomination

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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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 190 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 190 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 190 nomination.

Home Affairs  - Skill Select

If your application for ACT 190 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 welcometocanberra@act.gov.au. The ACT provides a free settlement service to  ACT 190 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.
  • 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. 

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