The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) released its revised Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for the skilled visa programme in September. This list serves to identify the skills that are most in demand in Canberra.
Changes to the list
The newly released list includes 11 new occupations, including graphic designer, human resource adviser, web designer and mechanical engineer.
Applicants who are qualified in these, or any of the other SOL professions, can apply for the state nomination in order to be awarded a Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190).
While there are new occupations on the list, there are also 13 that no longer appear, including advertising manager, engineering manager, solicitor and enrolled nurse.
What if your occupation is “closed”?
If you currently live in Canberra and your occupation is marked as “closed” on the SOL, you can still apply for state nomination. You must work in a skilled occupation and meet the other nomination criteria.
For those wanting to apply from outside Australia, you could still be eligible for a closed occupation if you have close ties to the territory – including family or an existing job offer – and meet the other nomination criteria.
How do you qualify for ACT Nomination?
To start, you will need to have skills in a profession from the ACT list. You must also show that you have:
- Sufficient funds to settle in the Australian Capital Territory
- Evidence of your employability in the territory
- Suitable English language ability
About the Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190)
This visa allows you to live and work anywhere in the sponsoring state or territory.
The Subclass 190 visa allows you to hold any qualification from the CSOL (Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List), which has over 600 occupations, whereas the Subclass 189 visa only involves the SOL, with around 190 occupations.