The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will now offer Territory nomination under the following skilled migration streams:
ACT nomination can be applied in below two stage process
- You must formally express an interest in applying for ACT nomination by completing a score-based Canberra Matrix where you are allocated points against demonstrated economic contribution or benefit and/or a genuine commitment to be part of the ACT community. You can select either ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination. The highest ranked candidates in each stream will then be selected and invited to apply for ACT nomination.
- If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination, you must complete and submit the online application (and pay the service fee) within 14 days. You must attach the required documents to evidence your eligibility and Matrix score claimed at the date of Matrix submission.
A complete ACT nomination guidelines and New List has beenpublished by the authorities which has information regarding the Eligibilitycriteria and Canberra Matrix for both Canberra as well as Overseas Resident.
What is ACT Nomination?
The ACT Skilled Migration Program is a significant contributor to the ACT’s economy and population growth. The aim of the Program is to attract and retain talented people, to build the workforce profile, strengthen and diversify the local economy. The ACT nomination program is aimed at applicants who can demonstrate economic contribution or benefit and/or a genuine commitment to be part of the ACT community as demonstrated by long term ACT residence.
The ACT offers nomination of a Skilled Nominated (permanent):
- subclass 190 visa
- and a Skilled Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visa.
Step by step process to apply for ACT nomination
- STEP 1. Submit an expression of interest –Before completing the Canberra Matrix, you must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to migrate to Australia through the Department of Home Affairs SkillSelect.You must have:
- Have a suitable skill assessment in your nominated occupation and meet the Home Affairs points test (currently 65 points).
- Select the ACT as your preferred location to live in Australia. If the ACT is not selected, you will not meet the genuine commitment criteria for ACT nomination.
If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination and your application is approved, your Home Affairs SkillSelect EOI will be confirmed and Home Affairs will automatically issue the visa invitation.
- STEP 2. Choose an ACT nomination pathway (491 or 190) –The ACT offers Territory nomination under the following State / Territory nominated skilled migration streams:
- Skilled Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visa.
- Skilled Nominated (permanent) subclass 190 visa.
You must meet the eligibility criteria for ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination before you can complete the Canberra Matrix:
- STEP 3. How to complete the Canberra Matrix –To complete the Canberra Matrix:
- Read the nomination guidelines carefully and make sure you are eligible to complete the Matrix and claim Matrix points.
- Enter your personal information.
- Select either ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination.
- Select Canberra resident or overseas applicant.
- Select a Matrix score in each category.
Remember, your supporting documentation must evidence your eligibility for ACT nomination and all claims for Matrix points at the date you submit the Matrix.
The Matrix will automatically expire six months after date of submission if an invitation is not issued. Once a Matrix has lapsed, it cannot be reactivated.
- STEP 4. Ranking, selection and invitation to apply for ACT nomination – Canberra Matrix – Ranking, selection and invitation
The Canberra Matrix score will be ranked separately for ACT 491 and 190 nominations. Separate invitation rounds will be held for the 491 and 190 nomination streams. The highest ranked candidates in each stream will be invited to apply for ACT nomination.
Invitations are generally issued on a monthly basis; pro rata against the ACT allocation of nomination places set by Home Affairs. The number of invitations issued will vary in each round. The cut off for selection will depend on the number and quality of Matrix submitted. It may also vary according to ACT Government priorities and current program settings.
If there are more candidates with the same Matrix score than the number of invitation places available, selection may be based on the date and time of the Matrix submission.
Invitations may not be issued when the number of invitations issued in the financial year exceeds demand. The ACT Government may cap the occupations nominated at any time.
Candidates may also be selected and invited if their nomination is deemed to be of significant benefit to the Territory.
Requests for ranking information
Invitations are not guaranteed. The ACT Skilled Migration team will not respond to requests for information on ranking or the likelihood of receiving an invitation.
Candidates will not be prioritised or issued invitations based on personal circumstances. This includes, but is not limited to, visa expiry dates or a change in circumstances.
CANBERRA RESIDENT NOMINATION ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
- Canberra resident 491 – Eligibility criteria for 491 nomination
- Canberra resident 190 – Eligibility criteria for 190 nomination