As part of the ACT Government’s first international education strategy, Canberra: Australia’s Education Capital strategy, the ACT Government will introduce free, automatic, streamlined nomination of skilled migrant visa applications for PhD graduates from Canberra institutions. This means that, subject to meeting Commonwealth requirements, any international student awarded a PhD by a Canberra University can apply for fast tracked nomination to live and work in Canberra should they wish to apply through the State/Territory nominated (subclass 190) process.
The streamlined territory nomination for international PhD graduates will come into effect in November 2016 and will be open to students who have completed a PhD locally in the previous two years. Applicants will benefit from a simplified application process with minimal supporting documentation, simplified criteria, priority processing and the removal of the $300 service fee.
(Source: ACT Government)