It was only a few months ago, that the ACT partially closed its state nomination program leaving thousands and thousands of people confused and frustrated. Migrants who had moved to Canberra (only) to be eligible to apply for permanent residency all of a sudden did no longer have the chance to apply for PR.
Now the state announced it will re-open its program on the 29th of November 2018 for occupations that are in demand.
“Potential applicants that were close to qualifying to apply for subclass 190 nomination when the program was partially suspended in June 2018 may be eligible for additional points under the merit-based assessment system. This transitional measure will apply for the remainder of the 2018/19 program year”.
… the state will no longer assess applications based on a first-come-first-served approach but will be using a merit-based assessment.
The idea behind this new change is to implement a system that will allow the ACT to nominate places being supported throughout the whole year rather than having to close its program suddenly.
ACT – 190 Visa Application