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ACT Nomination – Skilled Migration Visa


Unlike other states, the ACT State Government has launched a unique state government invitation scoring system called Canberra Matrix from the end of November 2018 to select top applicants who meet the requirements of the Canberra region.

The ACT Government will issue invitations in descending order of score. For the same score, invitations will be issued in the order of submission. The ACT Regional Government may limit or suspend nominations for occupation at any time when the number of invitations issued in a financial year exceeds demand.

Please note that the Canberra Matrix and the familiar SkillSelect EOI are not the same thing and should not be confused. Once the Matrix is submitted, it cannot be updated or withdrawn. If changes result in changes to the Matrix score, the applicant will need to resubmit the Canberra Matrix.

Simply put, a score of 70 on the EOI does not mean a high score on the Canberra Matrix, which focuses on the applicant’s study, residence, investment, and work experience in Canberra, as well as the English and work status of the spouse.

Applying for ACT nomination 

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) offers Territory nomination  to Canberra Residents under the following skilled migration streams:

• Skilled Work Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visa.

• Skilled Nominated (permanent) subclass 190 visa.

The Canberra Matrix is closed to overseas applicants.

Before applying for ACT nomination, you must complete the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) SKILLSELECT and meet the Home Affairs points test (currently 65 points).

Applying for ACT nomination is a two stage process:

  1. You must formally express an interest in applying for ACT nomination by completing a score-based ‘Canberra Matrix’ where you are allocated points against demonstrated economic contribution or benefit and/or a genuine commitment to be part of the ACT community. You can select either ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination.  The highest ranked candidates in each stream will then be selected and invited to apply for ACT nomination. There is not guarantee that your Matrix score will be ranked as the demand for ACT nomination far exceeds the number of nomination places available each year.
  2. If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination, you must complete and submit the online application (and pay the service fee) within 14 days. You must attach the required documents to evidence your eligibility and Matrix score claimed at the date of Matrix submission.

You must read the ACT nomination guidelines carefully to ensure that you are eligible to complete the Canberra Matrix for ACT 491 / 190 nomination. If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination, your supporting documentation must evidence your eligibility and Matrix score claimed at the date you submitted the Matrix.

Choose an ACT nomination pathway – provisional 491 or permanent 190

The ACT offers nomination under the following State / Territory nominated skilled migration streams:

  • Skilled Work Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visas.
  • Skilled Nominated (permanent) subclass 190 visas.

You must meet the eligibility criteria for ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination before you can complete the Canberra Matrix:

  • Canberra resident:
  • Eligibility criteria – ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination: page 6
  • Canberra Matrix 491 / 190 scoringtable: page 10
  • Overseas applicant: The Canberra Matrix is currently closed to overseas applicants.

How to complete the Canberra Matrix

  • Migration agents acting on behalf of a client must register and create an ACT agents account. The Canberra Matrix can be accessed from the ACT agent portal.
  • Individual candidates not using a migration agent are not required to create an account. The Canberra Matrix can be accessed at the Canberra Your Future

Before you complete the Canberra Matrix:

  • Read the nomination guidelines carefully and make sure that you are eligible to complete the Matrix.

Completing the Canberra Matrix:

  • Enter your personal information.
  • Select either ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination.
  • Select Canberra resident.
  • Select Eligibility criteria
  • Select a Matrix score in each category. Remember, your supporting documentation must evidence the Matrix points claimed at the date you submitted the Matrix. Documents dated after the Matrix is submitted will not meet the criteria.

Once you submit the Matrix, you will receive an email with a summary of the Matrix score claimed. The Matrix cannot be updated or withdrawn once it is submitted. If the claimed Matrix points increase/decrease due to an error or change in circumstances, you must complete a new Matrix; noting that your submission date/time will also change.

The Matrix will automatically expire six months after date of submission if an invitation is not issued. Once a Matrix has lapsed, it cannot be reactivated.

Invitations to apply for ACT nomination

The Australian Government has directed the ACT to only nominate Canberra residents with skills that are critical to supporting the ACT’s post pandemic economic recovery.

Matrix submitted before 1 July 2020:

  • Canberra residents:
  • All Matrix submissions will be sorted and only applicants with an occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List will be selected and, if ranked, invited to apply for ACT nomination.
    • 457 / 482 visa holders who do not have an occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List must submit a new Matrix.
    • Matrix submissions that do not nominate an occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List will not be ranked and will lapse after six months.
  • Overseas applicants.
    • The Canberra Matrix is closed to overseas applicants. Matrix submitted by overseas applicants will not be ranked and will automatically lapse after six months.

Matrix submitted after 18 August 2020

  • Canberra residents:
    • Separate invitation rounds will be held for the 491 and 190 nomination streams. The highest ranked candidates in each stream will be invited to apply for ACT nomination. Please note: an invitation may not be issued if an occupation cap is met.

Invitations to apply for ACT nomination

We will issue invitations on a regular basis; pro rata against the ACT allocation of nomination places set by Home Affairs. The number of invitations issued will vary in each round. The cutoff for selection will depend on the occupation cap and the number of Matrix submitted. If there are more candidates with the same Matrix score than the number of invitation places available, selection may be based on the date and time of the Matrix submission.

Candidates may be selected and invited if their nomination is deemed to be of significant benefit to the Territory.

Cap on Occupations

The number of ACT nomination places may be capped for each occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List. Invitations may not be issued when the monthly cap for an occupation is reached. See ACT Critical Skills List.

Requests for ranking information

Invitations are not guaranteed. The ACT Skilled Migration team will not respond to requests for information on ranking or the likelihood of receiving an invitation. Candidates will not be prioritised or issued invitations based on personal circumstances. This includes, but is not limited to, visa expiry dates or a change in circumstances.

Canberra resident – ACT provisional 491 nomination

Canberra Resident 491 – you must meet the following criteria before you are eligible to submit a Canberra matrix for ACT nomination of a Skilled Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visa:

  • You must be residing in Canberra for at least three months immediately before the date of Matrix submission (and continuing until date of any invitation). Residence is defined as living and settled in Canberra. Visiting Canberra for short periods does not meet the residence criteria.  You are not eligible for ACT nomination if you, your spouse/partner or children are living or working in another Australian state or territory.
  • You must meet one of the following two criterion:

1. Your nominated occupation is on the ACT Critical Skills List;

OR

2. You are the primary holder of a subclass 457/482 visa sponsored by an ACT employer:

  • You have worked in Canberra for the sponsoring ACT employer for at least three months as the holder of a 457/482 visa.
  • The 457/482 visa must have a minimum 12 months validity at date of Matrix submission.
  • You must be working for an ACT employer in Canberra for at least three months immediately before the date of Matrix submission:
  • You must be working a minimum 20 hours per week in each of the thirteen weeks immediately before date of Matrix submission. Your employment must be continuous. Paid leave (annual, personal or maternity) meets the continuous employment criteria.
  • Unpaid personal leave does not meet the continuous employment criteria unless it is evidenced by a valid medical certificate (the certificate cannot be backdated). You cannot count any period of unpaid leave towards meeting the three months ACT employment For example, if you had five days unpaid leave you cannot submit the 491 Matrix until three months plus five days.
  • You must be in paid employment. Internships, stipends, scholarships and volunteer positions are not considered employment for this criterion.
  • You may work for more than one ACT employer and/or be self- employed. Your employer must be actively operating in the ACT for at least 12 monthsat date of matrix submission. The terms and conditions of employment must be in accordance with Australian legislation. Your income must not be less than the relevant award or market salary rate.
  • If you are self-employed on an ABN, you must have at least 12 months ACT business activity at date of Matrix submission. Your total income must be at least $500 pw for each week of self-employment claimed.
  • If you are working in Canberra but you are employed by an interstate employer, your employer must have an office / branch located within a 30-minute commute of Canberra (a serviced office or home office does not meet this criterion).
  • If you are nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation, you must have a current English test result that meets the Home Affairs level of ‘proficient’ or ‘superior’ English.
  • If you are including a spouse/partner and/or child in your application and they are in Australia, they must have lived in Canberra for the three months immediately before the date of Matrix submission. If they are not living in Canberra, you must attach evidence that they are living overseas.
  • If you wish to claim Matrix points for a spouse/partner, you must have evidence of the relationship: either a marriage certificate, civil partnership/union registration, or VEVO (Visa Entitlement Verification Online) secondary applicant status for yourself or spouse/partner.  The document must be dated before the Matrix is submitted.
  • If you wish to claim Matrix points in the spouse/partner employment category, your spouse/partner must hold a current English test result with a competent or higher level of English; or hold an Australian or valid passport as defined by Home Affairs.
  • You must sign a Statutory Declaration committing to living and working in Canberra while your visa is processed and for at least two years from date of visa grant (see Attachment A).

Canberra resident – ACT permanent 190 nomination

Canberra resident 190 – you must meet the following criteria before you are eligible to submit a Canberra Matrix for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (permanent) subclass 190 visa:

  • You mustbe residing in Canberra for at least six months immediately before the date of Matrix submission and continuing until date of any invitation. Residence is defined as living and settled in Canberra. Visiting Canberra for short periods does not meet the residence criteria. You are not eligible for ACT nomination if you, your spouse/partner or children are living or working in another Australian state or territory.
  • You must meet oneof the following two criteria:
  • Your nominated occupation is on the ACT Critical Skills List; OR
  • You are the primary holder of a subclass 457/482 visa sponsored by an ACT employer:
  • You have worked in Canberra for the sponsoring ACT employer for at least six months as the holder of a 457/482 visa.
  • The 457/482 visa must have a minimum 12 months validity at date of Matrix submission.
  • You must be working fulltime for an ACT employerin Canberra for at least six months at date of matrix submission:
  • You must be working a minimum of 35 hours per week for the 26 weeks immediately before date of Matrix submission. Your employment must be continuous. Paid leave (annual, personal or maternity) meets the continuous employment criteria.
  • Unpaid personal leave does not meet the continuous employment criteria unless it is evidenced by a valid medical certificate (the certificate cannot be backdated). You cannot count any period of unpaid leave towards meeting the six months ACT employment For example, if you had five days unpaid leave you cannot submit the 190 Matrix until six months plus five days.
  • You must be in paid employment. Internships, stipends, scholarships and volunteer positions are not considered employment for this criterion.
  • You may work for more than one ACT employer and/or be self- employed. Your employer must be actively operating in the ACT for at least 12 monthsat date of matrix submission. The terms and conditions of employment must be in accordance with Australian legislation. Your income must not be less than the relevant award or market salary rate.
  • If you are self-employed on an ABN, you must have at least 12 months ACT business activity at date of Matrix submission. Your total income must be at least $1000/w  for each week of the employment period claimed.
  • If you are working in Canberra but you are employed by an interstate employer, your employer must have an office / branch located within a 30-minute commute of Canberra (a serviced office or home office does not meet this criterion).
  • If you are nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation, you must have a current English test result that meets the Home Affairs level of ‘proficient’ or ‘superior’ English.
  • If you are including a spouse/partner and/or child in your application and they are in Australia, they must have lived in Canberra for the six months immediately before the date of Matrix submission. If they are not living in Canberra, you must attach evidence that they are living overseas.
  • If you wish to claim Matrix points for a spouse/partner, you must have evidence of the relationship: either a marriage certificate, civil partnership/union registration, or VEVO (Visa Entitlement Verification Online) secondary applicant status for yourself or spouse/partner.  The document must be dated before the Matrix is submitted.
  • If you wish to claim Matrix points in the spouse/partner employment category, your spouse/partner must hold a current English test result with a competent or higher level of English; or hold an Australian or valid passport as defined by Home Affairs.
  • You must sign a Statutory Declaration committing to living and working in Canberra while your visa is processed and for at least two years from date of visa grant

 

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