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One certainty in your decision to migrate is your requirement of an Australian visa. The visa you apply for will depend on your personal and professional circumstances.

All visas for entry to Australia are issued by the Australian Government through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). Every migrant is subject to DIBP’s policies and procedures. If you haven’t already checked you should confirm your eligibility to migrate on DIBP’s website or seek advice from a registered migration agent.

Eligible skilled and business people who demonstrate commitment to migrating to Canberra may qualify for Australian Capital Territory (ACT) nomination to assist you obtaining a visa.

Similarly if you are a local business looking to employ a skilled migrant the ACT Government can help.

Please note that non-refundable service fees apply for the processing of applications for ACT nomination. All fees quoted are in Australian dollars.

Skilled migration

If you are highly skilled with expertise and experience that’s considered in demand in Canberra you may be eligible for ACT nomination of a Skilled-Nominated (subclass 190) visa. To receive this nomination you must apply through the ACT Government and will need to meet a range of criteria for the nomination to be granted. You must also demonstrate a genuine commitment to living in Canberra for at least two years. All the information you need regarding ACT nomination is in this section of the website.

If you have graduated from a Canberra institution with an occupation on the ACT Occupation List you may also be eligible to apply for ACT nomination of a Skilled-Nominated (subclass 190) visa.

Find out more about Skilled migration visas

Employer sponsored

As an ACT employer you may be eligible to employ a skilled worker from overseas if the vacant position cannot be filled from the local labour market. If you meet DIBP’s specific migration requirements the ACT Government, as the Regional Certifying Body, can support your nomination under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).

Find out more about sponsoring a skilled employee

Business migration

Are you a successful businessperson who wants to start a business in the ACT?  The ACT can help by nominating your Business Innovation visa (provisional and permanent). There are a number of eligibility requirements detailed in the Business Visas section of this website.

Find out more about Business migration visas