THE ACT SKILLED MIGRATION PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED TO OVERSEAS APPLICANTS: EFFECTIVE 23 AUGUST 2017

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. 

If you have already submitted an application and paid the service fee before 23 August 2017, the application will be processed in queue order. 

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

Settle & retain overseas workers

Three business people having coffee in Canberra

There are many ways you can support your new overseas skilled employee once the visa paperwork has been finalised, to help the placement be more successful. These include:

Preparing an employee welcome pack
Preparing an employee welcome pack with information about local services, facilities and the culture of your workplace is a great way to welcome a new overseas employee into your organisation.

Helping with spouse and family support
Moving to a new country with a family is a daunting experience. Any support you can give such as recommendations for schools or community groups to join, will be much appreciated and work towards retaining your employee for the longer term.

Helping with temporary accommodation
Suggest places to stay, organise temporary accommodation or connect your new employee with another worker, colleague or friend that is offering a share-house arrangement.

Providing an official welcome
Whether it’s a morning tea or a staff dinner, it’s important to make your new employee feel welcome and start the placement on a positive note.

Online communities
Put your new employee in touch with online community websites that cater to migrants and expatriates.