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Skilled Nominated Visa Program Closed in ACT

Important announcement

The Australian Capital Territory is pleased to announce that program targets for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) have been met for the 2015/16 financial year.


Effective 18 March 2016 at 4:00pm AEST, applications for ACT nomination from overseas residents will not be accepted. If you are living overseas you are not able to apply for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa until the program reopens in July 2016.

Applications for ACT nomination already submitted before 4:00pm 18 March 2016 will be processed in queue order.

Canberra Residents

This action does not affect Canberra-based applicants. If you are living in Canberra and working in a skilled occupation, the program is open. You are still able to apply for ACT nomination of the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) if you meet the current nomination criteria for Canberra residents.

Skilled – Nominated (190) visa

The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a points-based visa for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory.

You may apply for ACT nomination if you are living overseas or living in Canberra, subject to specific criteria set by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Canberra residents must be employed by an ACT employer in a skilled occupation and demonstrate you have lived in Canberra for three months prior to applying for ACT nomination.

International graduates from an institution located in another Australian state or territory must be employed fulltime by an ACT employer in your nominated occupation for at least six months.

You will not meet the ACT’s eligibility criteria for nomination if you are currently living in another Australian state or territory.

Please note overseas applicants who have lived or studied in another Australian state or territory within the last year may not meet the ACT’s eligibility criteria. If this situation applies you should discuss your circumstances with our team prior to lodging your application. Each application will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Please refer to the ACT nomination guidelines below for verification of limited or closed occupations.

Skilled – Nominated (provisional) (489) visa

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

For more information about Skilled Nominated Visas Program please contact a member of Embark Migration where we are always happy to answer your questions.

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