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.

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 is progressively closing its subclass 489 Skilled Regional state nomination program to new applications:

NOW CLOSED (as of 13th of August 2019)

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

CLOSING 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.

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 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).

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