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Update on NT GSM nomination applications

The Northern Territory has now received an additional 200 subclass 491 nomination allocations for the 2021-22 program year.

MigrationNT continues to receive and assess applications under the existing eligibility criteria. You must ensure that you meet both the NT nomination criteria and the standard Home Affairs criteria at the time of lodging your nomination application and throughout the application process. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents, including English test results, skills assessments etc, remain valid.

You should lodge your application as soon as possible after meeting the eligibility criteria. Applications may not be assessed prior to visa expiry dates. If your visa is expiring you should seek professional advice on your visa options and ensure that you remain lawful during your stay in Australia.

COVID-19 information for temporary visa holders and sponsoring employers

Please refer to the following links for the latest updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

COVID-19 and the border updates on Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic on the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.

Northern Territory Government COVID-19 travel advice provides the latest Northern Territory travel advice on the Coronavirus website.

Visas that need a nomination from an employer

General skilled migration visas

These visas are for young, skilled people with good levels of English:

The subclasses 491 and 190 visas need a nomination from an Australian state or territory government such as Australia's Northern Territory Government.

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MINT program

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.

The program assists overseas nationals get Northern Territory Government nomination. They need to show commitment to involvement with the Darwin Innovation Hub.

Read more on the program objectives, nomination criteria and how to take part.

For further information go to the Paspalis website.

If you are a New Zealand citizen

Most New Zealand citizens are granted visas on arrival in Australia (Special Category visa (subclass 444)) which have unlimited working rights.

Your employers may require evidence of qualifications and work experience. For some occupations you will need to meet registration and licensing requirements.

Pathways to permanent residency are available for New Zealand citizens who meet relevant criteria.

Skilled and employer sponsored visa programs that you may be eligible for include:

Read the NT migration occupation list to see if your skills are in demand in the Northern Territory.


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Page last updated 22 March 2022