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:
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.
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.