Northern Territory welcomes skilled migrants from all over the world who can make Northern Territory's society and economy globally competitive.
The Territory is home to people from across Australia and the world, and welcomes anyone looking for new opportunities and a vibrant community to call home.
The subclasses 491 and 190 visas need a nomination from an Australian state or territory government such as Australia's Northern Territory Government. Northern Territory (NT) Government can nominate you for a skilled visa if you: Meet Australian Government’s standard requirements; and meet NT Government’s nomination eligibility: and commit to living and working in the Territory within your skilled occupation for at least three years upon the grant of your visa.
By applying for a nomination to the NT government you must consent to the fact that the NT Government: supports a nomination solely to the NT and does not apply outside of the NT; and is not responsible for finding you employment, accommodation or providing financial assistance; and is not liable for any errors or omissions in the information it provides relating to your application, nor are its employees; and will not issue release letters for transfer to other states / territories outside of the Northern Territory, after your visa has been granted.
If you or any of your migrating dependants are currently living interstate, you will not be eligible for the Northern Territory (NT) nomination.
If you or any of your migrating dependants are currently on a student visa and have not completed studies in an NT institution, you will not be eligible for NT nomination.
If you have already been nominated for a subclass 489 or 491 visa by the NT, you will not be eligible for a subclass 190 nomination.
The Northern Territory General Skilled Migration program is currently closed to offshore applicants.
Accepting a nomination from Australia's NT Government means that you are agreeing to the following conditions: live and work in the NT in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation for at least three years from visa grant; and let the NT Government know the status of your visa application - you need to do this when your visa is granted and when you arrive; and regularly provide your current contact details to the NT Government; and participate in surveys conducted by the NT Government.
If you are offered an NT Government nomination, a declaration form will be issued which will outline these obligations and you will be required to acknowledge, sign and return.
Migration NT considers a number of factors in assessing commitment to the NT, including: length of residency in the NT; and previous travel to the NT; and connections to the NT (for example, close family members being long-term residents of the NT).
You must have a skilled occupation that is on the Australian Government's current list of eligible skilled occupations. The Northern Territory Migration Occupation List (NTMOL) provides an indication as to which of the eligible skilled occupations are in demand in the NT. Offshore applicants must read the NTMOL to determine their eligibility.
You must provide strong evidence of good employment prospects in the NT either in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation. You can show you have good employment prospects by providing: an offer of employment letter from an NT employer; and a statement describing how your skills and experience meet NT employer needs; and evidence that your occupation has been advertised in the NT multiple times and detailed explanations of how your qualifications and experience match the job vacancies; and evidence of positive feedback from potential NT employers.
You must provide a list of all your financial assets in Australian dollars. You must provide verifiable documents evidence of those assets. For example, clear colour copies of bank statements, share certificates, property valuations and jewellery evaluations. The table below gives you detail on the assets you need and the summary you have to provide: Individual applicant - AU$35 000, Applicant and spouse - AU$50 000, Applicant and spouse plus one child - AU$60 000 and Applicant and spouse plus two children - AU$65 000.
Same as for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 Visa, except that for some occupations you can only apply for Subclass 491 visa.
The Northern Territory (NT) Government grants nominations for 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 NT, and are ready to make a long-term commitment to living in the NT.
The NT Government considers a range of criteria to make decisions on applications for nomination. Each application is assessed on its own merits, and NT nominations are issued at the complete discretion of the NT Government, and meeting the criteria do not guarantee a nomination. Nominations are Available in the Following Categories: Eligible NT Graduates and Other NT Residents.
International student graduates who have studied in the NT will be eligible for a subclass 190 nomination if you have meet the following criteria before applying for nomination:
- Have successfully completed one or more qualifications after studying in the NT, at an NT-based institution for two years in a single tertiary course or a set of nested tertiary courses; and
- Have lived in the NT for a period of at least six continuous months immediately after the date of completion of your last qualification, while holding a visa that has no work limitations (graduates will be required to apply for a subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa to enable this); the time spent on a bridging visa associated with a subclass 485 visa application can be counted in the six month period; and
- Have demonstrated genuine and sustained efforts to obtain employment from an NT employer in your nominated occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.
International student graduates who are unable to live in the NT for six months after completing two years of study in the NT will only be considered for a subclass 491 nomination. You must be able to provide evidence of making genuine efforts to obtain employment from an NT employer in your nominated occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.
You will be expected to demonstrate genuine efforts and progress towards being employed in the NT in your nominated occupation both during and after your studies. These applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Date of completion is the date on which you were notified that you have met all academic course requirements. This is the date when the final exam results or notice of course completion were available or published.
Genuine and sustained efforts to obtain employment can be demonstrated through evidence of a number of applications made over a period of time for jobs in relevant occupations in the NT, and other supporting evidence such as membership in relevant professional associations, or positive feedback from industry contacts in the NT.
An NT resident applicant includes those on temporary visas with work rights, currently residing in the NT.
NT resident applicants will be eligible for a Subclass 190 nomination if you:
- Demonstrate that you have been residing in the NT for at least two consecutive years immediately prior to application; and
- Demonstrate that none of your migrating dependants are residing in another part of Australia, and
- Demonstrate full-time employment in the NT in an eligible occupation continuously for at least two years immediately prior to applying for NT nomination and demonstrate the employment is available for at least a further 12 months.
NT resident applicants will be considered for a subclass 491 nomination if you meet the following requirements:
Applicants who started living in the NT prior to 1 July 2020, must:
- demonstrate that you have been residing in the NT for at least six consecutive months immediately prior to application; and
- demonstrate that none of your migrating dependants are residing in another part of Australia; and
- demonstrate full-time employment in the NT in an eligible occupation for at least six consecutive months immediately prior to applying for NT nomination and demonstrate the employment is available for at least a further 12 months.
Applicants who start living in the NT on or after 1 July 2020, must:
- Demonstrate that you have been residing in the NT for at least 12 consecutive months; and
- Demonstrate that none of your migrating dependants are residing in another part of Australia; and
- Demonstrate full-time employment in the NT in an eligible occupation for at least six consecutive months immediately prior to applying for NT nomination and demonstrate that the employment is available for at least a further 12 months.
The occupation identified in the skills assessment, or an occupation that is related to the nominated occupation. In order to be related to the nominated occupation, the majority of time in the position must be spent on tasks that align with the skills and knowledge required to undertake the nominated occupation.
The employment must also be the position that is based in the NT, and the employer must have a record of trading in the NT for at least 12 months; and positions that are based at serviced office spaces or involve hot-desking arrangements will generally not be considered favorably; and you must be paid at market salary.
Applicants who have not been employed in an eligible occupation will not qualify for NT nomination.
Applicants who have been employed on a full-time basis for at least six consecutive months in an occupation that is not an eligible occupation may qualify for a subclass 491 nomination on an exceptional and case by case basis if you are able to demonstrate that:
- The employer has made genuine efforts to recruit locally and the position cannot be filled by an Australian citizen or permanent resident; and evidence should include copies of advertisements placed, and a statement from the employer detailing the number of applicants and reasons as to why no Australian citizens or permanent residents have not been recruited.
- There is a genuine need for the position in the business; and evidence should include a detailed statement from the employer explaining the need for the position and how the vacancy arose.
- Yu have made genuine and sustained efforts to obtain employment in your nominated occupation or a related occupation in the NT; and evidence must include copies / screenshots of applications made for relevant jobs and any feedback received.
Applicants who are on a Temporary Work (Skilled)(Subclass 457) or Temporary Skill Shortage visa (Subclass 482) must provide a letter of support from your current Subclass 457 or Subclass 482 Sponsoring Business stating that they: support your visa application; and understand that you will not be tied to their business once the Subclass 491 / Subclass 190 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.
The NT Government can nominate eligible overseas business people and investors for the Australian Government’s Business Innovation and Investment visas.
- Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (Subclass 188) Visa - includes the Significant Investor and Premium Investor Visa Streams.
- Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) (Subclass 888) Visa.
The Migration Innovation Northern Territory (MINT) program is an initiative owned by the Darwin Innovation Hub and Paspalis Asset Management and supported by the Northern Territory Government. This program assists overseas nationals get Northern Territory Government nomination if they show commitment to supporting the NT’s Innovation Ecosystem, and meet the nomination criteria set by the NT Government.
The program seeks to:
- Raise start-up capital for the NT innovation ecosystem; and
- Leverage visa programs managed by NT Government; and
- Maintain the integrity of the NT Government nomination programs; and
- Support genuine applicants who will benefit the NT in areas such as venture capital, population increase, filling skills shortages and business activities; and
- Ensure that local Northern Territorians are not disadvantaged.
To be eligible for NT Government nomination through the MINT program, you must meet all of the following criteria:
- Prove you will live in the Northern Territory and meet the standard genuine intention criteria; and
- Prove you have a clear understanding of the criteria and their obligations; and
- Have enough funds for your own settlement; and
- Provide fulsome and accurate applications; and
- Disclose all relevant information; and
- Have no links to other regions of Australia, unless you also have strong links to the NT. However, if you do not have strong links to the NT you may only be eligible for a provisional visa; and
- Not be an international student, unless you have strong links to the NT; and
- Submit nomination applications within two months of signing an agreement with Paspalis Group.
You must also:
- Meet Australian Government threshold criteria for the relevant visa, read more about migration for business; and
- Have undertaken your own business research; and
- Propose and commit to undertake a business / investment activity in the NT. The activity must be in-line with the visa stream you are applying for. This may include being a qualifying business, and satisfying the benefit to the NT criteria.
There are no specific requirements over and above what Department of Home Affairs has prescribed for Subclass 888 visa and that applicant has committed to in his/her undertaking for Subclass 188 nomination.
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