Skilled Sponsored (Subclass 886) visa and Skilled Regional Sponsored (Subclass 487) visa
What does sponsorship by the Northern Territory Government mean?
If you have a skilled occupation that is in demand in the Northern Territory (NT) and would like to migrate, the NT Government may be interested in sponsoring you to support your visa application under one of the sponsored General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa subclasses.
The NT’s State Migration Plan (SMP) specifies occupations and numbers available to the NT to sponsor under GSM. The SMP enables the NT to identify, target and sponsor skilled overseas nationals who have skills and experience that are in demand in the NT. Under the SMP, the NT Government can nominate skilled migrants who have:
To migrate to the NT under a NT Government sponsored visa you must be:
- eligible to be granted the visa, for which you are seeking sponsorship, by Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)
- sponsored by the NT Government
- able to meet all other DIAC visa requirements including health and character requirements for permanent residence, if applicable (this includes you and any dependent you include on your visa application).
The NT Government will consider your application if:
How do I apply for Northern Territory sponsorship?
All applications and submissions must be in English. Supporting documents that are in another language must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
An application for sponsorship from NT Government must include:
- a completed 487 or 886 NT Government Sponsorship Application Form
487 or 886 NT Government Sponsorship Application Form (docx 127 kb)
487 or 886 NT Government Sponsorship Application Form (pdf 176 kb)
- evidence that you meet the DIAC Points Test
- a certified copy of your skills assessment for the occupation you have nominated provided by the relevant Australian Assessment Authority Information
- a copy of a current, detailed curriculum vitae / resume
- evidence that you have been living and working for the required amount of time in the NT in your skilled occupation, or closely related field (for more information see important information for applicants already residing in Australia) and evidence of all previous employment in the nominated skilled occupation
- certified copies of your qualifications and technical certificates and academic transcripts
- certified copies of the identity page and visa page from your passport or email advising visa status and for any dependent family members
- a copy of results from a recent International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) or Occupational English Test (OET) for you as evidence of English language proficiency, where this is required
- copies of at least three (3) months bank statements showing transactions in the NT
- a statement documenting your commitment to the NT
- a signed declaration indicating that you have read, understood and that you agree to the obligations set out for your nomination by the NT.
What are my commitments if I am nominated by the Northern Territory?
By accepting a sponsorship from the NT Government you are agreeing to:
- live in the NT and work in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation in the NT for no less than two years from your visa grant;
- keep Department of Business informed of the status of your visa application and current contact details for a two year period; and
- participate in surveys conducted by Department of Business in monitoring the sponsored schemes in the NT.
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Please note: The NT Government does not approve or grant visas.
All Australian visas are granted by the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Therefore, you should make yourself familiar with visa criteria and nomination requirements for the subclass of visa for which you wish to apply.
Detailed information can be accessed through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.
Lodgement of applications
Applications for NT Government sponsorships should be forwarded to:
Department of Business
Workforce Growth NT / Skilled Migration
For further information about this program contact:
Workforce Growth NT / Skilled Migration
t: (+61) 8 8999 5264 (outside Australia)
t: 1 800 193 111 (inside Australia)
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