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Breaking! ACT government opens nomination for 190 and 491 visa to oversea applicants


From 12 January 2022, ACT government will open a separate application stream especially to oversea applicants for 190 and 491 state nomination to recruit professionals all around the world.


Please find the detailed requirement for 190 and 491 nomination


190 Nomination - Oversea applicants eligibility

  • Nominated Occupation: Your nominated occupation is on the latest ACT Critical Skills List.

  • You are working full time in your nominated occupation.

  • You hold the relevant Australian registration or licencing if it is required for your nominated occupation.


  • ACT Job Offer: You have a job offer in your nominated occupation. The position must be Canberra and be available for at least two years. The employer:

  • must be a medium to large Australian enterprise (50 plus employees) actively trading in Canberra.

  • cannot be trading from a home, online or serviced office.

  • must have a genuine need to employ an overseas skilled worker.

  • must demonstrate that the position is relevant to the business; and cannot be filled from the local labour market.


  • Employer statutory declaration: your ACT employer MUST declare that:

  • you will be employed in a genuine position in Canberra in accordance with Australian legislation.

  • the position is relevant to the operations of the business.

  • the minimum period of employment is for at least two years.

  • they have tested the labour market and are unable to find an Australian Citizen or permanent resident to fill the position.


  • English: You meet the Department of Home Affairs requirement for ‘proficient’ or ‘superior’ English; or you hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland.


  • Spouse / partner:

  • If you wish to claim Matrix points for a spouse / partner, you must have proof of the relationship; either a marriage certificate or a civil partnership/union certificate. The ACT does not accept a claim of a defacto relationship.

  • If you wish to claim Matrix points in the spouse / partner employment category, your spouse / partner must meet the Department of Home Affairs requirement for ‘competent’ English; or hold an Australian passport.


  • Overseas Resident: You and any migrating dependents (except children enrolled at school in the ACT):

  • are living overseas.

  • have not lived in Australia for the last year.

  • do not hold a current Australian visa (or bridging visa), except an Australian visitor visa.


  • Commitment to Canberra: You have researched Canberra and the wonderful lifestyle we enjoy.

  • You must attach a commitment statement to the application, explaining why you want to live in Canberra and describing your future lifestyle. The statement must be written in your own words.

  • You must sign a declaration committing to living and working in Canberra for at least two years from the date of permanent arrival in Australia.


  • Settlement funds: you have access to sufficient money to fund your migration and settlement in Canberra.


  • Service Fee: $300


491 Nomination - Oversea applicant eligibility


  • Nominated occupation: Your nominated occupation is on the latest ACT Critical Skills List.

  • You are working full time in your nominated occupation.


  • Relevant overseas work experience:

  • You have at least three years full time, post graduate work experience in your nominated occupation. The work experience must be assessed as relevant by the assessing body (if the points advice service is provided by the assessing body).

  • Your skills and experience in the nominated occupation are relevant to the ACT economy.

  • You hold the relevant Australian registration or licencing if it is required for your nominated occupation.


  • ACT employability: You have researched the ACT labour market and you are satisfied that you are employable in Canberra, and your skillset and experience are relevant to the ACT economy. Please note, you may not be eligible to apply for positions within the Australian Government due to citizenship / security clearance requirements.

  • You must attach an employment statement explaining the research undertaken and confirming that you are employable in Canberra.


  • English: You meet the Department of Home Affairs requirement for ‘proficient’ or ‘superior’ English; or you hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland.


  • Spouse / partner: If you wish to claim Matrix points:

  • for a spouse / partner, you must have proof of the relationship; either a marriage certificate or civil partnership/union certificate. The ACT does not accept a claim for defacto.

  • in the spouse / partner employment category, your spouse / partner must meet the Department of Home Affairs requirement for ‘competent’ English; or hold an Australian passport.


  • Overseas Resident: You and any migrating dependents (except children enrolled at school in the ACT):

  • are living overseas.

  • have not lived in Australia for the last 12 months.

  • do not hold a current Australian visa (or bridging visa), except an Australian visitor visa.


  • Commitment to Canberra: You have researched Canberra and the wonderful lifestyle we enjoy:

  • You must attach a commitment statement to the application, explaining why you want to live in Canberra and describing your future lifestyle. The statement must be written in your own words.

  • You must sign a declaration committing to living and working in Canberra for at least two years from the date of arrival in Australia.


  • Settlement funds: you have access to sufficient money to fund your migration and settlement in Canberra.


  • Service fee: $300


ACT Critical Skills List - January 2022


Please check the critical occupation list for ACT:

https://www.cgcg.com.au/post/act-critical-occupation-list-updates-from-january-2022

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