Important information if you already live in Australia

The Northern Territory (NT) Government grants nominations under the subclass 491 and 190 visas for individuals who meet the visa eligibility criteria set by the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs and can demonstrate strong employment outcomes in the Territory and a long-term commitment to the NT workforce.

The NT Government considers a range of factors to inform decisions on applications for nomination. The following guidelines are intended to assist potential applicants, and are subject to change at the discretion of the NT Government. Each application will be assessed on a case by case basis.

All applicants must provide with their application, evidence of the following:

  • positive skills assessment
  • educational qualifications
  • English language level
  • meeting the skilled migration points test.

It is the applicants’ responsibility to provide further evidence to demonstrate their employability in the NT and commitment to live and work in the NT.

Specific guidelines are provided for applicants in the following categories:

Eligible Northern Territory graduates

Eligible NT graduates are those who have successfully completed at least two years of full-time study at a college or university in the NT that has led to a qualification.

If you are in this category, you must provide evidence of your studies in the NT and demonstrate strong employment outcomes in the NT, in your occupation.

You must provide:

  • a letter showing your commitment to the NT
  • six months of bank statements showing transactions as evidence of living in the NT
  • evidence of employment prospects in your field, in the NT and a genuine intention to live and work in the NT for at least three years after your visa is granted.

Evidence of financial capacity and research on the NT is not required as you already live in the NT.

Please note: NT international graduates, those who have qualified by studying for no less than two years at a college or university in the NT, can lodge a nomination for any of the skilled occupations on the Department of Home Affairs' list of occupations eligible for the General Skilled Migration Program.
Other international student graduates

These guidelines apply to former international students who have not completed at least two years of study in the NT.

If you are in this group the NT Government will consider applications only when you have done all of the following:

  • lived in the NT for at least six months
  • worked full-time in the nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation for six months in the NT immediately before applying for NT nomination
  • been paid at the NT market rate for the skilled occupation in which you have been employed in the NT for six months
  • demonstrated employment prospects in your field, in the NT and a genuine intention to live and work in the NT for at least three years after your visa is granted.

These students will generally only be considered for subclass 491 visa nomination however, the NT Government will decide on applications for subclass 190 nominations on a case-by-case basis. Exceptions may be considered, but only in compelling circumstances.

Working Holiday (subclass 417) and Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa holders

If you fall in to these categories and want to apply for NT Government nomination, you must demonstrate that you:

  • have had your visa for at least six months
  • have lived and worked full-time in the NT in the nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation in the NT for at least six months immediately before applying for NT nomination
  • have been paid at the NT market rate for your work in the occupation in which you are employed
  • show ongoing employment prospects in your field in the NT and a genuine intention to live and work in the NT for at least three years after your visa is granted.

Evidence of financial capacity and research on the NT are not required as you are already living in the NT.

Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) and Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)

To apply for NT Government nomination, you must provide evidence that you have:

  • lived in the NT for at least six months before applying for nomination
  • worked for a subclass 457 or subclass 482 sponsoring business in the NT for at least six months before applying - exceptions can apply in compelling circumstances
  • support from your current subclass 457 or subclass 482 sponsoring business through a letter stating that they:
    • support your visa application
    • understand that you will not be tied to their business once the subclass 491 / subclass 190 visa is granted
  • ongoing employment prospects in your field in the NT and a genuine intention to live and work in the NT for at least three years after your visa is granted.

The NT Government may contact your employer. There may be circumstances where the need for support from your current employer can be waived.

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