Skilled and business migration

Are you an employer trying to bring skilled employees from overseas? Or, do you want to migrate to Australia to work in a skilled occupation or establish a business? If so, we can help.

All visas for entry to Australia are issued by the Australian Government through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). Every migrant is subject to DIBP’s policies and procedures. You should confirm your eligibility to migrate on DIBP’s website External Link - opens in new window or seek advice from a registered migration agent.

If your business is in Canberra and you are looking to employ a skilled migrant, the ACT Government as the local Regional Certifying Body (RCB) can help.

Skilled and business people who demonstrate commitment to migrating to Canberra may also qualify for Australian Capital Territory (ACT) nomination to assist you obtaining a visa.


Employing overseas workers to meet your skills needs

If you are unable to fill skilled positions in your business, you may be able to sponsor overseas workers under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).

There are three pathways available through this scheme. The RCB only has a role under the Direct Entry stream.

Temporary Residence Transition stream

You may sponsor an employee under this stream if the person has worked for you in the nominated position for at least two years on a subclass 457 visa. The employer nomination is lodged with DIBP without input from the RCB.

Direct Entry stream

This stream allows you to sponsor an employee who has worked for you for less than two years if the RSMS nomination is assessed by the local RCB as meeting certain criteria. The employer nomination may only be lodged with DIBP with input from the RCB. You must seek the opinion of the local RCB about whether the employer nomination meets specific migration requirements. As assessment by the RCB is a legislative requirement, a Direct Entry RSMS nomination cannot be decided by DIBP without advice from the relevant RCB.

Agreements stream

This stream is for employees who are sponsored through a labour or regional migration agreement. The employer nomination is lodged with DIBP without input from the RCB.

For more information on sponsoring an overseas worker, including guidelines and application forms visit the Canberra. Create your future website External Link - opens in new window.


Business migration

If you are a successful business person who wishes to establish a new business, invest in an existing business, or invest under the Significant Investor stream, you may be eligible to apply for ACT nomination of your Business Innovation and Investment visa.

The ACT assists eligible business migrants under the following categories and streams:

Business Talent (permanent) (subclass 132)

  • Significant Business History stream
  • Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream

Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) (subclass 188)

  • Business Innovation stream
  • Significant Investor stream

Business Innovation and Investment (permanent) (subclass 888)

  • Business Innovation stream
  • Significant Investor stream

For more information on business migration, including guidelines and application forms visit the Canberra. Create your future website External Link - opens in new window.


Skilled Migration

If you have an occupation that is in demand in Canberra and you have relevant skills, experience and a commitment to migrating to Canberra, you can apply for ACT nomination of your skilled migration visa. The relevant visa category is Skilled – Nominated (190) visa.

For more information on migrating to Canberra, including visa guidelines and application forms visit the Canberra. Create your future website External Link - opens in new window.