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.

Prospective skilled migrants can apply to the Department of State Growth for a Tasmanian Government state nomination.

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 no prescribed fee in order to apply for Tasmanian Government state nomination. There will however be a fee for your application with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection if invited to apply.

Extra Points

State nomination gives successful applicants extra points to help meet the Department of Immigration and Border Patrol’s 60 point threshold including:

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

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 Immigration and Border Patrol, 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 Migration Instrument 2017 (IMMI 17/072: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities).

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

Find out about Subclass 190 - Skilled Nominated Visa visas

Subclass 190 - Skilled Nominated

The subclass 190 visa is a state nominated permanent resident visa.

Find out about Subclass 489 - Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa visas

Subclass 489 - Skilled Regional (Provisional)

The subclass 489 visa is a regional provisional visa that requires the nominee to work in regional Australia for two years before they can apply for permanent residency.