491 Visa Northern Territory

Northern Territory 491 Visa Program

The Skilled Work Regional 491 visa allows points-tested skilled workers and their families to live, study and work in designated regional areas for a period of 5 years. This visa is for people who wish to settle in regional Australia who have skills that are in high demand in Australia’s labour market.

Here we would like to provide you the latest update about the requirements and process to apply for the 491 visa for Northern Territory.

The 491 Visa for Northern Territory has the following 2 main streams:

    • NT Graduates
    • NT Residents
    • Offshore Applicants

1. Applicants who are NT Graduates

For people who are NT graduates living in Northern Territory, and wish to apply for NT 491 state nomination, the following state nomination requirements apply:

    • 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
    • are unable to live in the NT for six months after completing two years of study in the NT (otherwise you may be eligible for 190 program)
    • all course requirements in semester one 2020 and produce a letter of completion dated prior to 1 August 2020), and
    • demonstrated genuine and sustained efforts to obtain employment** from an NT employer in your nominated occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.

2. Applicants who are residing in NT

For people who are living in Northern Territory, and wish to apply for NT 491 state nomination, the following state nomination requirements apply:

    • 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
      • 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
      • 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.

 

An eligible occupation for this purpose is:

  • the occupation identified in the skills assessment (nominated occupation), 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 meet the following additional requirements:

  • the position must be based in the NT, and the employer must have a record of trading in the NT for at least 12 months
  • positions that are based at serviced office spaces or involve hot-desking arrangements will generally not be considered favourably
  • you must be paid at market salary.

3. Applicants who are outside of Australia

For people who are outside of Australia and wish to apply for NT 491 state nomination, the following state nomination requirements apply:

Offshore applicants must have been employed in their nominated occupation for at least 12 months out of the last 24 months prior to your application, or have relevant Australian qualifications.

Offshore applicants must have an offer of full-time relevant employment in the NT, if the NT Migration Occupation List requires it.

Please note the Northern Territory nomination policy is very complex and also there are also other further criteria required for the program. Please consult out registered migration agent before you making any application.

 

 

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