Tasmania's skilled migration program is for people wanting to move to the state who have a skill that we need. Skilled migrants are attracted to Tasmania because of the state's enviable lifestyle, career opportunities, affordable housing, and reputable schools and a globally recognised university.
The Tasmanian Government actively pursues skilled and business migrants in recognition of the significant contribution migrants make to Tasmania’s economy and cultural diversity.
There are many advantages to being nominated by the Tasmanian Government for a skilled visa. Unlike someone applying for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189), you will have:
State nomination gives successful applicants extra points to help meet the 65 points threshold set by the Department of Home Affairs including:
- extra 5 points for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) visa
- extra 15 points for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)
To check your points use the interactive points calculator on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Faster visa processing
Applicants nominated by the Tasmanian Government receive priority processing by the Department of Home Affairs, speeding up the time it takes to be issued a visa, compared to the Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189).
No occupation ceilings
Tasmanian state nominations have no occupation ceilings. Once you are nominated in SkillSelect you can immediately apply for a visa.
More occupations to choose from
Applicants for state nominated visas have more occupations to choose from. Overseas applicants with no employment offers from Tasmania have access to the Tasmanian Skilled Occupations List (TSOL) and all other applicants have access to the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.
Skilled migrants applying for the Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa can only use the shorter Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
Access to settlement support
Migration Tasmania can provide support to successful applicants after they arrive in Tasmania. We also host regular orientation sessions for new arrivals, where key speakers talk about settling in Tasmania, housing, education and finding work. Attendees also get the opportunity meet other new arrivals, talk to government officers and service providers, ask questions and network.
While Migration Tasmania is happy help you find the services you need, please note that we cannot provide legal, financial or migration advice, or find employment for you.