ACT closes migration applications from overseas applicants
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has closed it migration list to overseas applicants and it will not reopen until 2018, it has been announced.
Also, people living overseas who have close family ties or a genuine job offer in Canberra or have completed a PhD at an ACT university can still apply for ACT nomination if they meet the criteria.
People living in Canberra can apply for ACT 190 nomination as soon as they meet the nomination criteria.
'The state sponsorship programme will reopen to overseas applicants in 2018,' said an ACT migration spokesman.
The ACT Occupation List, which identifies the skills that are currently in demand in Canberra for migration purposes, was last updated in July 2017. It is set to be re-assessed in February 2018.
'The Australian Capital Territory Government is committed to a targeted skilled migration program and can provide advice on ACT nomination criteria, but not on wider immigration issues,' the spokesman explained.
'Before lodging an application for nomination, it is recommended that you obtain specific migration advice relevant to your circumstances from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection or a Registered Migration Agent,’ he added.
The ACT Occupation List is not linked to specific job vacancies and it is not a guarantee of a job in a nominated occupation.
'You must be satisfied that there are sufficient employment opportunities in your nominated occupation before you apply for ACT nomination,' the ACT migration website explains.
'You will compete for employment vacancies with all people in the labour market as part of a normal selection process. Your success will depend on employer requirements, your relevant skills, your experience and your level of English language ability,' it points out.
‘New residents generally do not meet the criteria of employers who require citizenship or security clearance,' it adds.
Occupations on the current list include architects, nurses, web designers, civil engineers, graphic designers, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physiotherapist, GP, solicitor, hairdressers, chef and motor mechanic.