Skilled visa - ACT 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 Immigration and Border Protection 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.
Before you apply for ACT nomination, you must read the nomination guidelines carefully and make sure that you meet the nomination criteria.
Skilled - Nominated (provisional) (subclass 489) visa
Please note the ACT does not have access to nominate subclass 489 visas.
Meeting the ACT nomination criteria
If you are currently in Australia, you must be living in Canberra to be eligible to apply for ACT nomination. You are not eligible if you or any members of your immediate family (spouse / partner or children), are living in another Australian state or territory.
Living in Canberra
You may be eligible to apply for ACT nomination if you meet the nomination criteria as outlined in the Guidelines - ACT 190 nomination. You must nominate an eligible occupation on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection List of Eligible Skilled Occupations. You must also have a genuine intention to continue living in Canberra for two years from permanent visa grant.
You may be eligible for ACT nomination if your occupation is in demand (open) on the ACT Occupation List, or you have close ties to the ACT; and you meet the nomination criteria as outlined in the Guidelines - ACT 190 nomination. You must have a genuine intention to living and work in Canberra for two years from date of permanent arrival.
ACT nomination guidelines - updated 21 September 2017
Read the ACT nomination guidelines carefully and ensure that you meet the ACT nomination criteria.
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 the Department of Immigration and Border Protection List of Eligible Skilled Occupations as long as you have the relevant skill assessment.
You are eligible to apply for streamlined ACT nomination if you have completed a PhD at an ACT university.
Interstate / overseas residents
You are eligible to apply for streamlined ACT nomination if your PhD was awarded by an ACT university within the last two years before you apply for ACT nomination.
ACT Occupation List - updated 5 July 2017
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.
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Applying for your visa
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection 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 Immigration and Border Protection criteria for a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa.
You must complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection SkillSelect before you apply for ACT nomination. When you complete your EOI you will receive an ID from Department of Immigration and Border Protection. 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 Department of Immigration and Border Protection. 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 email@example.com. 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.