MigrationNT does not offer invitations directly from SkillSelect EoI (Expression of Interest) and interested applicants must complete an online application for NT nomination after submitting their EoI.
In addition to the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) criteria for the chosen visa type, all applicants must meet applicable MigrationNT requirements.
All general skilled candidates usually need to have:
- An occupation that is present on the NT Migration Occupation List. If an occupation is not on the NT list, but is present on the DHA list of eligible skilled occupations, applicants can still apply for nomination if they can provide strong evidence of their employment prospects or demonstrate established family connections in the NT.
- English language test (ELT) with a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 in each module or equivalent. Higher ELT score may be required for some occupations.
- Positive skills assessment from a relevant assessing authority.
- An offer of employment if required for an occupation on the NT Migration Occupation List.
Category specific criteria for general skilled nominations are as follows.
- Full-time employment in a nominated occupation for at least 12 months out of the last 24 months or evidence of Australian qualifications.
International Student Graduates
- Have lived in the NT for at least six months
- Have lived in the NT for at least six months
- Have worked in the NT full time in a nominated or a closely related occupation for six months immediately before application
- Have been paid at the NT market rate for a skilled occupation in which have been employed for six months
Temporary Work Visa Holders
- Have had their visa for at least six months.
- Have lived and worked in the NT full time in a nominated or a closely related occupation for six months immediately before application.
- Have been paid at the NT market rate for a skilled occupation in which have been employed for six months.
MigrationNT criteria for business visas are different for each visa type and are also dependent on business visa streams. All business applicants will be assessed based on:
- Their ability to contribute economically to the NT
- The benefit to the NT from proposed activities
- Their ability to deliver on the proposed activity
- Understanding of NT business and investment
- Genuine intentions to actively pursue business or investment in the NT
- Financial capacity and business acumen to support proposed activities
- Transfer of new capital
- Generation of new employment
- Generation of Indigenous employment
- Expansion of trade in NT goods or services
- Development of export markets for NT products or replacement of imports
- Introduction of new skills, expertise, technologies or innovations
- Investment in remote areas
- Investment in areas such as healthcare, education, tourism, mining and primary industries and fisheries
- Significant flow on effect to other sectors of the economy
Innovation and Investment
- A successful history of doing business and intention to do business and invest in the NT
- At least AU$1.5 million investment into NT Treasury Corporation Territory Bonds
- Investment of at least AU$500,000 in eligible Australian venture capital or growth private equity (VCPE) fund(s) investing in start-up and small private companies
- Investment of at least AU$1.5 million in an eligible managed fund(s) or Listed Investment Companies (LICs) that invest in emerging companies listed on Australian securities exchanges
- Investment of up to AU$3 million in managed fund(s) or LICs that invest in a combination of eligible assets that include other Australian exchange listed companies, eligible corporate bonds or notes, annuities and real property (subject to the 10% limit on residential real estate)
- A funding agreement from a third party for at least AU$200 000 to undertake a complying entrepreneur activity
Significant Business History
- High calibre business owners or part-owners who want to do business in the NT
Venture Capital Entrepreneur
- Venture capital funding from a member of the Australian Venture Capital Association Limited
All offshore applicants for general skilled visas are required to provide evidence of financial resources at the time of application, for example, colour copies of bank statements, share certificates, property and jewellery evaluations.
Applicants must provide verifiable documented evidence such as independent valuations and purchase receipts and a summary sheet showing the values in Australian dollars. Assets can include cash, residential and commercial property, and personal possessions such as gold, jewellery, vehicles, etc. Fixed deposits and government savings scheme investments can be used, but the maturity dates must be within a reasonable period, or alternatively the funds must be able to be withdrawn early.
If financial support is provided by a family member, they need to provide a statutory declaration advising the amount of support. In addition, proof of family relationship and evidence of funds must be provided.
The amount of required financial resources depends on family composition.
- Primary Applicant
- Primary +1 dependant
- Primary +2 dependants
- Primary +3 dependants
All skilled and business applicants must agree to the following conditions:
- Live and work in Northern Territory for two years after arrival in NT.
- Advise when visa is granted and provide residential address and contact details when settled in NT.
- Advise of any change of circumstances within the first 2 years of living in NT, including a change of address, employment, investment or business.
- Participate in surveys conducted by the NT Government.
Two to three months processing time applies to general skilled migration applications of offshore applicants. For applicants residing in NT the processing time is approximately one month. Approved NT nominations are valid for 90 days.