Permanent Migration Update: 190 visa now inaccessible in ACT for “closed occupations

Permanent Migration Update: 190 visa now inaccessible in ACT for “closed occupations”

On 29 June the ACT government announced important temporary changes to ACT sponsorship of 190 visas.  These changes have significant impacts for international students who might have been considering applying to the ACT government to sponsor a permanent visa application for a 190 visa.  Essentially for Canberra residents (e.g. international students), the ACT government is at the moment only considering applications for jobs in the “open” category of the ACT occupation list.  See the current ACT occupation list at: 

If your skill is not in the open category, as things stand, the ACT will not consider your application. The ACT government has explained.

“As is the situation in other jurisdictions, the ACT is facing a significant increase in demand for the relatively small number of nomination places allocated by Home Affairs. We are currently investigating options to fairly manage the increased demand for the ACT 190 nomination program. As we work through these issues and consider options to manage demand, the program will remain suspended for Canberra residents with nominated occupations listed as ‘closed’ on the current ACT Occupation List.”


These changes come in the context of overall increasing demand for permanent migration to Australia together with reduction of the number of places being allocated by the Australian government in its annual migration program. These developments make permanent migration (with or without state sponsorship) more difficult, at least for the time being, given the increasing competition for a limited number of places.

If you would like to learn more about permanent migration to Australia you can register for the migration workshop jointly run by ANUSA and PARSA, by clicking this link.

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