Migration Tasmania

for business and skilled migrants

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Skilled migrants

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.

Department of Home Affairs - subclass 489 invited pathway closure information.

With the introduction of the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa due to commence on 16 November 2019, the Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) invited pathway visa will be closed.

Important dates to note:

  • 10 September 2019 (11:59pm AEST) - was the last day for intending migrants to receive an invitation to apply for the subclass 489.
  • 15 November 2019 (11:59pm AEST) - this will be the last day for people who we have been invited to apply for a subclass 489 visa to lodge their visa application with Home Affairs.

Links for additional information:



A message from the Tasmanian Government - subclass 489 visa state nominations.

Applications that did not receive an invitation by 10 September 2019 (11:59pm AEST) from Home Affairs can no longer be processed and therefore have now been closed. Please check your email inbox for notification.

The visa state nomination program for subclass 491 will open on the 16 November 2019 and the Tasmanian Migration website will be updated in due course with category information and if eligible we welcome previous applicants to reapply.

The Tasmanian Government is unable to provide specific migration advice. Registered migration agents or lawyers can provide migration advice specific to your individual circumstances and a range of visa options. A complete list of migration agents and lawyers can be found at: https://www.mara.gov.au/using-an-agent/.

There are many advantages to being nominated by the Tasmanian Government for a skilled visa. Unlike someone applying for Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189), you will have:

No fee

There is currently no prescribed fee in order to apply for Tasmanian Government state nomination. There is a fee for your application with the Department of Home Affairs if invited to apply.

Extra Points

State nomination gives successful applicants extra points to help meet the Department of Home Affairs' 65 points threshold including:

  • extra five points for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) visa
  • extra 10 points for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) - now closed.

To check your points click on the interactive points calculator

Faster visa processing

State nomination applicants nominated by the Tasmanian Government receive priority visa processing by the Department of Home Affairs, speeding up the time it takes to be issued a visa.

No occupation ceilings

State nominations have no occupation ceilings and 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 must use the shorter Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Access to settlement support

Staff from the Department of State Growth Business and Skilled Migration Unit can provide support to successful applicants after they arrive in Tasmania. General guidance and information will be provided with regards to settlement in the state.

Please note that this does not extend to the provision of legal or financial advice.

Visa options for skilled migrants