Northern Territory 491 Visa
To migrate to Australia under a skilled visa, you and your dependent family members on the application must satisfy the Department of Home Affairs requirements. A summary of key minimum requirements are:
- You must be under aged 45 years at the time of nomination.
- You will need a full skills assessment from a relevant Australian skills assessment and assessing authority, for the skilled occupation that you have nominated.
- The minimum English language requirement is an outcome of competent unless otherwise specified by assessing / licensing or registration body or on the Northern Territory (NT) Migration Occupation List. Competent means the equivalent of at least IELTS 6.0 in each band level. NT Government accepts all English tests approved by Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs.
- Meet the skilled migration points test of 65 or higher.
If you already live in Australia
Eligible Northern Territory Graduate for 491 NT State Nomination
International student graduates who have studied in the NT will be eligible for a subclass 491 nomination if you have met the following criteria before applying for nomination:
- 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
- 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
- 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 provide evidence of making genuine efforts to obtain employment from an NT employer in their 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.
Eligible Other Graduates for 491 NT State Nomination
An NT resident applicant includes those on temporary visas with work rights, currently residing in the NT. As NT resident you 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.
- Demonstrate that none of your migrating dependents 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.
General Requirements for 491 NT Nomination
- If you or any of your migrating dependents are currently living interstate, you will not be eligible for the Northern Territory (NT) subclass 491 visa nomination.
- If you or any of your migrating dependents are currently on a student visa and have not completed studies in an NT institution, you will not be eligible for NT state nomination for subclass 491 visa.
- 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.
If you apply from outside Australia
Offshore applicants will generally only be nominated for a NT subclass 491 visa., and must meet the The Department of Home Affairs minimum requirements above and meet the following NT nomination criteria:
- Have post-qualification work experience of at least one year in your nominated occupation in the last 10 years (note: additional work experience required for some occupations under the priority occupations stream).
- Demonstrate a genuine commitment to live and work in the NT on a long-term basis.
- Have evidence of financial capacity to settle in the NT.
- Meet criteria against one of the 3 streams below.
Those applying under the Northern Territory (NT) Family stream or the NT Job Offer stream can nominate any occupation on the 491 Occupation List.
Priority occupation stream
Offshore applicants under this stream must:
- Have a full migration skills assessment in an occupation listed on the Northern Territory Offshore Migration Occupations List (NTOMOL).
- Meet any additional work experience required for the occupation as specified on the NTOMOL.
NT Family Stream
Offshore applicants under this stream must:
- Have a family member in the NT who:
- is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, an eligible New Zealand citizen or hold one of the following visas: Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa subclass 491, Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa subclass 494, Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa subclass 489, a bridging visa granted in association with an application for a Skilled Regional Visa subclass 887 or Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) subclass 191 visa.
- Is usually resident in the Northern Territory, and has been living in the NT for at least 12 months
- Is the applicant’s eligible relative or their partner’s eligible relative if their partner is also intending to apply for the same visa.
- Has confirmed in a statutory declaration that they are willing and able to provide settlement support to the applicant and migrating dependents including assistance with finding accommodation and employment in the NT
- Have evidence of sustained efforts to seek employment in the NT, including evidence of research in to the NT job market, and sustained records of applying for jobs in the NT or making contact with NT employers.
An eligible relative must be the applicant’s or their spouse/partner’s:
- Child or step-child
- Brother, sister, adoptive brother, adoptive sister, step-brother or step-sister
- Aunt, uncle, adoptive aunt, adoptive uncle, step-aunt or step-uncle
- Nephew, niece, adoptive nephew, adoptive niece, step-nephew or step-niece
- First cousin, or
NT Job Offer Stream
- Offshore applicants under this stream must have a verifiable job offer in their nominated occupation for a job that is based in the NT with an NT business / organisation that has been actively operating in the NT for at least 12 months.
Commitment to the NT
Accepting a state nomination for subclass 491 visa from Australia's Northern Territory (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.
- 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.
- Regularly provide your current contact details to the NT Government.
- Participate in surveys conducted by the NT Government.
If you are offered an NT Government nomination for subclass 491 visa, 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.
- Previous travel to the NT.
- Connections to the NT (for example, close family members being long-term residents of the NT).
- All applicants applying for Northern Territory subclass 491 visa state nomination must have a skilled occupation that is on the Australian Government's current 'Skilled Occupations List'.
- Offshore applicants applying under the Priority Occupation Stream must have an occupation on the Northern Territory Offshore Migration Occupation List (NTOMOL).
Financial Capacity (only for offshore applicants)
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:
- Minimum value of net assets for individual applicant: AU$35,000
- Minimum value of net assets for applicant and spouse: AU$50,000
- Minimum value of net assets for applicant and spouse plus one child: AU$60,000
- Minimum value of net assets for applicant and spouse plus two children: AU$65,000
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