Chris Bowen, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, and Jon Stanhope, Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister, today announced the commencement of the ACT State Migration Plan (SMP), and provided the following advice:

If you would like to migrate to Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and you have an occupation that is in demand in the ACT, the ACT Government may be interested in nominating your skilled independent migration application under the Skilled-Sponsored (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 176) or Skilled-Sponsored (Residence) visa (Subclass 886).

The Skilled-Sponsored Scheme is designed to help overcome critical skill shortages in the ACT by helping some migrants to settle in the ACT where their skills and abilities are in demand. The Skilled-Sponsored Scheme enables the ACT Government to nominate skilled migrants (Subclass 176) or graduate students (Subclass 886) who have:


•    an occupation on the State Migration Plan (SMP) Skills List;
•    skills and experience that will be of benefit to the ACT economy;
•    sufficient English language ability which will provide reasonable employment opportunities in the current ACT labour market;
•    an occupation with sufficient employment opportunities in an industry relevant to the ACT at time of lodgement;
•    sufficient financial resources to settle in the ACT while seeking employment;
•    a demonstrated commitment to living and working in the ACT for at least 2 years; and
•    met all Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) visa requirements for General Skilled Migration .

For further information about the ACT Government 176/886 Nomination process, please click the links below. It is entirely at the discretion of the ACT Government whether applications for ACT Government Nomination through the Skilled-Sponsored Scheme are granted or denied.

http://www.business.act.gov.au/skilled_and_business_migration/skilled_migration

http://www.business.act.gov.au/skilled_and_business_migration/SMP_Occupation_List

Source: Migration Institute of Australia and ACT government website

 

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