ACT Reopens Sponsorship for Skilled Migration

By Mark Webster, Acacia Immigration Australia Pty Ltd, 11 September 2009

The ACT reopened nomination under the skilled sponsored program on 31 August. The skilled sponsored program results in a permanent visa for applicants, and is currently processed at the highest level of priority of any general skilled visa. Applicants must have an occupation on the lists of occupations in demand, and apply to the state or territory for nomination.

The ACT has not accepted applications for nomination under this program since July 2009, and so the announcement is a significant boon to people who are wishing to migrate under the general skilled program.

There are some significant changes:

  • Most occupations now require a higher level of English for sponsorship - most require at least 7 in IELTS, except for trades where a minimum of 6 applies with 6.5 in speaking
  • There are now two lists of occupations in demand - an "SDL Baseline" list and a "SDL Quota" list. To apply under the Quota list, the application must first be cleared with ACT and numbers are strictly limited. For the Baseline list, the number of nominations possible is unlimited
  • Higher requirements for international students - most will need at least 3 months of work experience in the ACT, and students completing studies outside the ACT will require 6 months of work experience

There are a large number of occupations nominated in the ACT lists - however many of these are subject to a quota and these will fill quickly. You can view a full list of occupations in demand in the ACT on our website: ACT occupations in demand list , but some of the more interesting ones are:

  • A wide range of scientists, in both life and physical sciences
  • Accountants
  • Engineers
  • Sales, marketing and PR
  • Personnel and HR professionals
  • Teachers - pre-primary, secondary and vocational
  • Social workers, Welfare workers and community workers
  • Psychologists and counsellors
  • Designers and illustrators
  • Journalists and copywriters
  • Financial investment advisors
  • Office managers and program/project administrators
  • Hotel managers
  • Residential care officers
  • A wide range of trades
This is a great opportunity for applicants to speed up the visa process, but you must move quickly to ensure you make the quota. If you would like to make an application for a skilled visa or to find out if you can apply for this sponsorship please contact us as soon as possible.

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