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ACT Migration Program for Canberra Immigration is closed for foreign applicants- Find alternate pathways

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 24, Aug 2017

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The ACT (Australian Capital Territory) migration program that enables the foreign skilled workers to apply permanent visa in Canberra, has been closed for now. The ACT migration program is largely popular among the Australia immigration aspirants and hence, every year, thousands of people apply for the nomination from the ACT in order to obtain the Permanent Residency in Canberra- the capital city of Australia.

Applications in Queue

The applicants who have already submitted the applications as well as paid the service fee prior to August 23, 2017, their applications will be processed in queue order. Although, the program has been closed for the foreign applicants at now, however, if you belong to any of the below category applicants, it is still open for you.

Also Read- Move to Canberra on PR Visa! New ACT Occupation List is Released to Invite Nomination Applications

ACT Migration Program is still open for Specific Category applicants

ACT (Australian Capital Territory) migration program is still open for below category of applicants.

  • Close Ties in Canberra: If you are living outside Australia and you have close ties (either family or valid employment offer) in the capital city
  • PhD in ACT University: If you have completed PhD through an ACT university, you are still eligible to apply for ACT nomination, provided you meet the other basic criteria of the ACT Program.
  • Canberra Residents: If you are residing in Canberra, you can apply for ACT nomination via Subclass 190 Visa, as soon as you meet the nomination criteria.

What is ACT Migration Program?

The ACT Migration program is an immigration program that belongs to the Australian Capital Territory. Through ACT program, Canberra invite the skilled and talented foreign skilled workers to apply for state nomination and subsequently obtain the permanent residency (PR) in the city of Canberra. The applicants interested in moving to Canberra needs to nominate an occupation from the ACT Occupation list and subsequently, apply for the nomination from Canberra city.

The Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 is the visa category you can apply for Permanent Residency in Canberra.

Couldnt Apply in ACT Migration Program? Here are the Other PR pathways for you

If you were not able to apply ACT Migration Program, you dont need to bother at all. You can opt for alternate pathways to get permanent Residency in Australia. First of all, if you apply for Subclass 189 visa, you dont need to acquire any state or employer sponsorship. You can directly apply for this visa via online SkillSelect system. However, you would require nominating an occupation from the relevant skilled occupation list of Australia.

Moreover, other states of Australia are also inviting the nomination applications, i.e. Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, etc. You can apply in for State nominated visa Subclass 190 through any of the mentioned Australian states. Lastly, if you wish to confirm your eligibility for appropriate Australian visa or immigration program, you may send your details and query to the MARA accredited Australia migration experts at


Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.


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