Migration Tasmania

for business and skilled migrants

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Closure of Tasmania's subclass 489 Skilled Regional Visa Program

The Department of Home Affairs has announced the 10th of September 2019 as the last day for state and territory governments to nominate and invite applicants for the subclass 489 visa.

In response to the announcement, the Tasmanian Government will progressively close its subclass 489 Skilled Regional state nomination program to new applications in the following order:

13th of August 2019 for all overseas categories:

  • Category 3A - Overseas applicant (TSOL)
  • Category 3B - Overseas applicant (Job Offer)

20th of August 2019 for remaining onshore categories:

  • Category 1 - Tasmania graduate
  • Category 2 - Working in Tasmania
  • Category 4 - Family in Tasmania
  • Category 5 - Small Business Owner

Tasmanian businesses employing skilled migrants to fill skill shortages can consider other visa programs including the subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa and the subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa if eligible.

Due to the large volume of nomination applications we have received, we cannot guarantee all lodged 489 applications will be assessed before the Department of Home Affairs' closure date on 10th of September 2019.

If your application is not finalised by the 10th of September 2019 by the Tasmanian Government, your application will no longer be able to be processed.

Eligible skilled migrants can apply for visa state nomination of the new subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional visa from the 16th November 2019.

Nomination requirements for the new visa program will be published on the Migration Tasmania website in due course. We recommend that you seek migration advice regarding your options.

We will prioritise applications lodged by skilled migrants currently living in Tasmania and/or working for Tasmanian businesses.

Due to the current focus on processing subclass 489 applications, we regret to advise that the processing times for subclass 190 applications may be extended during this period.