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Subclass 190 - Skilled Nominated Visa

Overview

The Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers which allows you to live and work in Tasmania.

State nomination from Tasmania for this visa provides you with five additional points to help meet the Department of Home Affairs points test pass mark of 65 points. More information on this is available under ‘Eligibility’.

If you are nominated by the Tasmanian Government for this visa, you must live in Tasmania for two years after the visa has been granted.

How to apply

Your application for state nomination and application for the visa are two separate processes. The Tasmanian Government assesses your application for state nomination and the Department of Home Affairs assesses your visa application.

The processing time is affected by the overall quality and thoroughness of your application. It is recommended that you prepare as much of the necessary documentation prior to applying to help avoid delays. Other factors that impact on processing times include changes in application volumes, seasonal peaks, and complex cases.

The current processing time for Tasmanian Government state nomination is detailed in the NEWS section of this website.  Please also refer to the following link for Department of Home Affairs processing times.

The Tasmanian Government is not permitted to provide specific migration advice concerning visa options. Only registered migration agents or lawyers can provide migration advice specific to your individual circumstances. A complete list of migration agents and lawyers can be found on the MARA website.

Home Affairs - Immigration Assistance information here.

The process

Step

01

Eligibility

Check that you meet the key eligibility requirements set by the Department of Home Affairs for skilled migration. This includes age, points required, nominated occupation, and English language competency.

Step

02

Requirements

Check that you meet the additional nomination requirements set by the Tasmanian Government. There are different categories you may apply under and each have different requirements.

Step

03

Expression of interest

Lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) to register your interest in skilled migration with the Department of Home Affairs through SkillSelect. The EOI is not a visa application and is only an indication that you will like to be considered for a skilled visa.

Step

04

Document checklist

Ensure you have all the required documents prepared before you apply. This may differ depending on which nomination category you fall under. Also ensure you have prepared the documents required to continue your visa application with the Department of Home Affairs after state nomination.

Step

05

Apply for nomination

Apply for nomination from the Tasmanian Government through this website. Application processing times are currently up to three months depending on the quality of your application. You will receive an outcome noting whether or not you have been offered nomination from the Tasmanian Government. State nomination does not mean your visa has been approved. This can only be done by the Department of Home Affairs.

Step

06

Apply for visa

If the Tasmanian Government offers you nomination, you will receive a notification of outcome and an invitation to apply for your visa through Skillselect. You will then be able to apply for your visa with the Department of Home Affairs.

Step

07

Maintain obligations

If you have been granted a visa, ensure that you maintain your obligations to the Tasmanian Government. This includes notification of your visa grant and when you arrive in Tasmania, updating contact details, completion of surveys, and fulfilling commitment to live and work in Tasmania for at least two years.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for state nomination, you must meet the following requirements set out by the Department of Home Affairs. You must have:

Visit the  Department of Home Affairs for more detailed information on these and other relevant requirements. Please note that you also need to meet the Tasmanian Government nomination requirements to be eligible for state nomination.

Requirements

Meeting the minimum nomination requirements does not guarantee that you will be offered state nomination from the Tasmanian Government. The Department of Home Affairs sets a nomination quota for the state each year, which limits the number of applicants that can be nominated.

If you are able to meet the minimum nomination requirements, your application will be competitively assessed against other eligible applications, with a focus on your ability to address a number of criteria, including:

  • your demonstrated ability and commitment to establishing yourself, and any dependents, in Tasmania with a view to your prospects for long-term settlement in the state
  • the demand for your particular skills and expertise, and your ability to find work in Tasmania
  • the suitability and transferability of your qualifications, skills and experience – including any specialist capabilities - to the needs of Tasmania’s labour market
  • the skills and background of dependent family members
  • your level of English language competency

Applicants who have skills in areas of particular need within the Tasmanian economy will be held in high regard, particularly if living in an area outside of Greater Hobart. These include:

  • health
  • trades and construction
  • engineering
  • community services (including aged and disability care)

** Bridging Visa holders: Section 48 bar - unable to lodge due to travel restrictions

If supported for visa state nomination a Subclass 491 applicant who holds a Bridging Visa A, B, C or E while seeking review of a decision would be required to depart Australia in order to lodge their visa application with the Department of Home Affairs. While travel restrictions are in place many applicants will find it difficult to depart Australia and all will be unable to enter Australia (unless exempt).

In an effort to manage this situation, as of 2 April 2020 all applications on hand and lodged thereafter by candidates who hold a Bridging Visa A, B, C or E will be assessed as normal with one of the following three results:

  • Applicants who are not successful as a result of the competitive assessment will be advised of their outcome and should not reapply until travel restrictions are lifted.
  • Applicants who are successful as a result of the competitive assessment and do not have a Section 48 Bar will be advised of their outcome.
  • Applicants who hold a Bridging Visa associated with Administrative Appeal Tribunal (AAT) or Federal Court review will be placed ON HOLD until the travel ban is lifted at which time these applications will be further assessed in consideration of an updated residential location and employment details (if applicable) then finalised.

** Unsuccessful subclass 190 applications may also be considered for subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa nomination.

If your application is not successful for subclass 190 nomination, we may also consider it for nomination for a subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa. If you would like this to occur you must include subclass 491 as an option in your SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI). Unsuccessful subclass 190 applicants who fail to include both options will not be nominated for a visa.

** Do you currently have any outstanding financial debts from the Tasmanian Government?

If you or any family members (including those who don't apply for nomination with you) owe fees to Tasmanian Government agencies (including education or health), the debt must be paid or payment arrangements  undertaken.

For more information about the subclass 491 Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website.


Category 1 – Tasmanian Graduate

To be considered for this category you must meet all the following criteria:

  • Have completed and graduated from a CRICOS registered tertiary institution in Tasmania and met the Australian study requirement through study in Tasmania
  • Have lived in the state for at least 2 years and during your period of study prior to applying for visa state nomination
  • You and your dependents must currently be living in Tasmania and can provide evidence of genuine commitment to continue to live in Tasmania

More specific guidance for Tasmanian Graduates can be found on our International Student Graduates page.

IMPORTANT: If your study has been in an area that is not related to an occupation on the Tasmanian Skilled Occupations List (TSOL), you need to include with your application your CAREER PLAN that explains how your studies have increased your ability to find skilled work in Tasmania. This may include areas unrelated to your Tasmanian study.

Flexible nomination requirements for applicants affected by COVID-19 restrictions

The following information may change in response to decisions made by the Australian Government in relation to the Skilled Migration Program COVID-19 response. The Tasmanian Government may also introduce further changes to the state nomination program in response to COVID-19 or to align with the skills needs of the state. It is therefore important that you continue to check this website for any changes before applying for nomination.

- Students in Tasmania completing online study

Will accept online study with a Tasmanian CRICOS provider completed during the period courses were not able to be delivered on campus. Applicants must have been living in Tasmania during this period and must have completed all of their study in Tasmania.

- Graduates who have completed study in Tasmania but are unable to return after travelling overseas

Eligible for consideration if able to provide evidence course was completed in Tasmania, have temporarily left Tasmania and are unable to return due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Students must show that they were genuinely affected by travel restrictions and intend to return to Tasmania. These applicants must meet all other published requirements for subclass 190 or 491 nomination, including the minimum Tasmanian residence period.

- Currently overseas - partially completed course

Remote / online study for applicants who commenced their courses in Tasmania, departed temporarily and have been unable to return to Tasmania due to COVID 19 travel restrictions will be accepted where they have genuinely been unable to return to Tasmania. Applicants must have commenced course in Tasmania, lived in Tasmania for a minimum 12 months and completed a minimum total of 12 months study on campus.

- New enrolments – course commenced outside Tasmania

Applicants who commenced study with a Tasmanian institution, but were unable to arrive in Tasmania due to COVID-19 restrictions and commenced their studies remotely while waiting for restrictions to be lifted will be eligible for consideration if they:

  1. Completed a two academic year course and arrived in Tasmania soon after restrictions were lifted; and
  2. Lived and studied in Tasmania for a period of at least 12 months

Courses of one academic year must be completed solely in Tasmania – no period of remote study will be accepted. This includes students who enrolled in one year courses but did not arrive in Tasmania before entry restrictions.

Example:

I have enrolled in a one-year course but cannot yet move to Tasmania due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Will a period of online study completed interstate or overseas be accepted for Tasmanian nomination.

No. Applicants for subclass 491 nomination in Category 1 – Tasmanian Graduate must have completed one academic year (40 weeks) of study in Tasmania and lived in Tasmania for at least 12 months. While applications will be considered on a case by case basis, in general we will only accept online study where applicants had already commenced in Tasmania or the course is longer than 1 academic year. All applicants will be expected to have lived in Tasmania for 12 months to be eligible for nomination.

Graduates who have completed their qualification online or in another jurisdiction may also seek to meet one of Tasmania’s other nomination categories after moving to Tasmania and demonstrating their capacity to settle in and contribute to Tasmania in the long term, such as the Working in Tasmania or Small Business Owner categories.

Each application will be considered individually on its merits and considering the applicant’s skills, background and demonstrated capacity to contribute to and settle in Tasmania. However, completing a prior short period of study online, or in Tasmania once travel restrictions are lifted, will not necessarily give a graduate an advantage in nomination assessment.

OR

Category 2 – Working in Tasmania*

If you are looking for employment opportunities in Tasmania, please refer to the comprehensive resources on the Make It Tasmania website.

To be considered for this category, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • you must have been working in Tasmania for six months immediately prior to your application for state nomination
  • your employment must be in an occupation listed on the Tasmanian Skilled Occupations List (TSOL) - (please note the English Proficiency and Other Requirements listed on TSOL do not apply to this category)
  • your employer must be a well-established business that has been actively operating in Tasmania for the past 12 months
  • there must be a genuine, ongoing need for your position within the business
  • your employment needs to be in your nominated occupation
  • your employment needs to be at least 35 hours per week in one full-time job or in two or more part-time jobs and you are able to provide evidence of your employment claims (see Document Checklist – Employment for more details)
  • you and your dependents must currently be living in Tasmania and can provide evidence of genuine commitment to continue to live in Tasmania

Please note that internships, stipends, scholarships and volunteer positions are not considered employment for the purpose of this category.

Sole traders/subcontractors may be eligible for nomination under Category 5 – Small Business Owner for the subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa.

* There are areas of non-skill shortage in Tasmania that are not supported for visa state nomination under the ‘Working in Tasmania’ category. This includes employment relating to:

  • supermarkets
  • service stations
  • limited service restaurants** (cooks, chefs and café / restaurant managers)
  • massage clinics
  • taxi/uber driving

**A limited service restaurant includes the following:

  • fast food or takeaway food services
  • fast casual restaurants that do not offer full table service
  • drinking establishments that offer only a limited food service
  • limited service cafes including, but not limited to, coffee shops or mall cafes
  • limited service pizza restaurants.

Flexible nomination requirements for applicants affected by COVID-19 restrictions

The following information may change in response to decisions made by the Australian Government in relation to the Skilled Migration Program COVID-19 response. The Tasmanian Government may also introduce further changes to the state nomination program in response to COVID-19 or to align with the skills needs of the state. It is therefore important that you continue to check this website for any changes before applying for nomination.

Flexibility will be applied to applicants genuinely affected by COVID-19 employment stand-downs before or after meeting the mandatory 6 month full-time employment.

Each application will be considered on its merits according to the particular industry, the skills of the applicant, and the likelihood of being able to return to and maintain full time in the future.

In general we will consider the following factors:

  • A minimum 3 months full time employment up to the closure or business / reduction in hours.
  • Full-time employment ceased directly due to a COVID-19 related closedown or restriction.
  • There is a reasonable likelihood of being able to return to employment (full or part-time) after the workplace restrictions have been lifted – (i.e a written evidence from employer).
  • Reduction in hours from full-time to part-time as a result of COVID-19 restrictions will be considered with leniency.

*** Category 3 – Overseas applicant (Job Offer) is now permanently closed ***

Please refer to Subclass 491 category 3B for alternative overseas applicant Job Offer information.

Expression of Interest (EOI)

An Expression of Interest (EOI) is an indication that you would like to be considered for a skilled visa. An EOI is not a visa application.

An EOI needs to be lodged through SkillSelect which is the Department of Home Affairs’ way of managing who can apply for visas, when they can apply, and how many people can apply at one time. Only those who are receive an invitation on SkillSelect can proceed with applying for a visa.

Once you have lodged an EOI using SkillSelect, you can apply for a Tasmanian Government state nomination through this website.

Find out more information on the EOI and SkillSelect.

Document checklist

Please ensure you have read and understood the nomination requirements before preparing the evidence listed below.

During your state nomination application process, you must provide the following documents before you lodge your application. You may also be contacted to produce additional documents while your application is being assessed. Please ensure that you have attached all the required documentation.

Migration Tasmania may contact the people and organisations listed in your application and supporting documents to verify the information provided. This may include education providers, employers and real estate agents.

It is important that you ensure all the information you provide with your application is complete, relevant, true and correct.

To ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible we suggest you:

  • Try to keep the number of documents attached to your application to less than 20 and only include documents applicable to the relevant nomination category.
  • Combine similar documents into one PDF document. For example, combine all bank statements into one document. Similarly payslips and employment contracts should be combined into one document.

Please note that:

  • Incomplete applications without the appropriate documentation may be refused.
  • False or fraudulent information provided in your application or supporting documents will result in your application for nomination being refused. This information may also be passed on to other agencies such as the Department of Home Affairs for further investigation.

MINIMUM DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS for ALL nomination categories

- SkillSelect EOI

Attach a copy of the Expression of Interest (EOI) record of response, which is issued to you once an EOI has been successfully lodged. The record of response details the personal, education, English and employment details as submitted by you.

If you intend to apply for state nomination, Tasmania must be selected as your preferred location on the EOI. If you select ‘any’ or express interest in living in another state or territory you may not meet the criteria to be considered for state nomination in Tasmania.

- Skills Assessment

Attach a copy of the current Skills Assessment you used to create your EOI.

- Declaration of nomination obligations

If you are not using a migration agent, you can confirm that you acknowledge and accept Tasmania’s nomination obligations in the online application.

If you are using a migration agent, you must attach the signed and witnessed declaration that you accept Tasmania’s nomination obligations. You will be prompted to download and complete the form during the application process.

- English

If you do not hold a passport issued by the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America, or Republic of Ireland attach a current English language proficiency test result (dated within the last three years).

- Commitment to Tasmania statement

If you have been living in Tasmania for the past 12 months or more, explain in your own words, in no more than two pages, why you want to continue living in Tasmania for at least two more years following the granting of a visa and what you believe you can contribute to the Tasmanian economy, community and way of life.

If you are not currently living in Tasmania or recently moved, explain in your own words, in no more than two pages, why you want to live in Tasmania for at least two years from date of permanent arrival, and what you believe you can contribute to the Tasmanian economy, community and way of life.

In writing the Commitment to Tasmania statement, you should include the following points:

  • why Tasmania’s lifestyle suits your way of life more than other places in Australia
  • include evidence that you have personally researched and understand Tasmania’s lifestyle and attractions
  • avoid using statements that are obviously copied from other sources (and not written in your own words)
  • if your spouse / partner (if applicable) intends to work, include details of their skills and experience, evidence that they have also researched employment opportunities in Tasmania and that they are satisfied that they will be successful in attaining employment
  • if you have studied or lived in another Australian state or territory within the last 12 months indicate why you want to re-settle in Tasmania
  • if your spouse / partner or any dependents have studied or lived in another Australian state or territory within the last 12 months indicate whether they will be moving with you to the state, and if not, why not.

- Personal and visa information

Attach a copy of your passport. This must be current (valid for travel purposes) and show your personal details and any pages showing Australian visas. Make sure the personal details entered in your online application match the details on your passport.

Attach a copy of your current visa grant notification. For bridging visa holders, attach a copy of the visa grant notification for the last substantive visa you held as well as the bridging visa grant notification. VEVO print-outs are not sufficient.

If you are currently awaiting AAT or Federal Court review of a decision to refuse or cancel a visa, provide details including the reasons for refusal / cancellation, and a written explanation detailing how you plan to lodge a new visa application if you are nominated.

Attach a copy of your spouse/de facto partner’s passport (if applicable).

If you are using a migration agent you must attach a completed and signed Form 956.

- Work Experience

Attach your up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume which clearly states personal details, educational qualifications and work experience to date.

For overseas applicants with no employment offers, it must be clear that you have enough recent experience in your nominated occupation to be employable in Tasmania.

- Employment

If you have received an offer of employment attach evidence of this offer – such as an employment contract or a formal letter of employment.

If you are currently employed, attach evidence of employment. This must include a copy of your employment contract and your most recent two payslips.

*If you are looking for employment opportunities in Tasmania, please refer to the comprehensive resources on the Make It Tasmania website.

- Living in Tasmania

If you are not an overseas applicant attach bank statements to demonstrate that you are currently living in Tasmania. The statements must show activity such as ATM withdrawals and evidence of income or shopping expenditure.

The bank statements should cover the period since your first arrival in Tasmania to the time you lodge your application.

You should also provide any residential agreements covering the period you have been living in Tasmania.

Also provide evidence that your dependents are living in Tasmania such as proof of employment or bank statements.

- Financial capacity

Attach your signed Declaration of Financial Capacity to show that you have access to sufficient financial resources to fund your settlement in Tasmania (click here for the form). Your signature on the Declaration of Financial Capacity must be witnessed by an authorised person.

You must have access to funds to support your settlement while you are securing employment in Tasmania. If you have not already secured employment in Tasmania, you need to be realistic about employment expectations once you arrive in the state as it can take six months or longer to secure employment. Your ability to secure employment quickly will depend on your research of the Tasmanian labour market and the relevance of your skill set and experience to the market.

You are not required to provide documentary evidence to support your financial position with your application. However, you must be able to provide such documents if requested by your case officer.

- Nomination by another Australian state/territory

If you have a current application awaiting consideration or have previously applied to another Australian state or territory for state nomination or a skilled migration visa, you must attach a statement explaining why you are now applying for state nomination in Tasmania.

- Family relationships

Provide details of family members intending to migrate with you, including their skills, employment background, and any current employment.

If you have family living in other parts of Australia, attach a statement explaining why you have chosen to live in Tasmania and not with them in their state/territory.




ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS - category specific

Category 1: Tasmanian Graduate

- Australian qualifications

If you have completed a CRICOS course at a Tasmanian tertiary institution, attach evidence of your educational qualifications, academic transcript and a completion letter from the institution.

- Employability statement

While current employment is not mandatory for this category, you must provide details of how your study, and your previous skills and experience, will enable you to settle in and contribute to Tasmania. If your study has been in an area that is not related to an occupation on the Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List you need to explain your career plan and how your studies have increased your ability to find skilled work in Tasmania. This may include areas unrelated to your Tasmanian study. See the Career Plan section on our International Student Graduates page for more information.

- Employment evidence

If you have received an offer of employment attach evidence of this offer.

More guidance for Tasmanian Graduates can be found on our International Student Graduates page.

Category 2: Working in Tasmania

- Employment evidence

You must attach 6 months of payslips and bank statements showing evidence of salary payments and deposits from your employer.

Apply for nomination

The application for nomination must be completed online through this website.

The assessment of the application for state nomination will be based solely on the supporting documents provided at the time of application. If the application is incomplete, or it does not meet the nomination criteria, the application will be refused. You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email.

Unsuccessful Subclass 190 applications may also be considered for Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa nomination.  If you would like this to occur you must include Subclass 491 as an option on your SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI). Unsuccessful Subclass 190 applicants who fail to include both options will not be supported for a visa state nomination.

Multiple nominations are not permitted. Applicants granted a Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa will not be able reapply for a Subclass 190 in the future. The Subclass 491 visa provides a pathway to permanent residency by way of a Subclass 191 visa. Previous state nominees supported for a Subclass 489 visa will need to follow the pathway to permanent residency by way of the Subclass 887 visa.


FEE FOR SERVICE

All Tasmanian visa state nomination applications (Subclass 190 and Subclass 491) now incur a FEE FOR SERVICE of $220 (GST inclusive). During the online application process a $220 fee will be required, when processed you will be able to 'SUBMIT' the application for processing.

If a payment is not made or unsuccessful the application will be saved and remain 'In Progress' on the system for two weeks until the payment is finalised and the application lodged. After two weeks if an application has not been lodged it will lapse and close.

Payment is only available by way of a credit card (Visa or MasterCard) and the fee is non-refundable regardless of application outcome.



Apply

Individuals (not using an agent):

Individuals who are not using an agent may apply directly for state nomination without creating an account.

Apply (individuals)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If applying under the Subclass 491 - 3A TSOL nomination category please read information regarding current restrictions.

Please do not LODGE or PAY for a Category 3A application if your nominated occupation is not listed as 'HIGH DEMAND' on the TSOL. Your application will NOT be assessed.

Resume applications (individuals)

Migration agents:

Migration agents lodging an application on behalf of a client must create an agency account.

Login (agents)


Processing times

Processing times may vary depending on the quantity and quality of the applications lodged and also if further information has been requested (either from you or external parties). Please do not enquire about the progress of your application during the assessment period. Progress inquiries can delay application processing. Visa processing times will be updated regularly and feature on the NEWS section of this website.

Apply for visa

If your application for state nomination has been approved you will be notified of the outcome of the application by email with an offer of state nomination. The offer is valid for 60 days from the date of approval.

In addition, you will receive an invitation from SkillSelect to apply for a visa based on the EOI you have submitted to the Department of Home Affairs.  Once the invitation is issued, you will not be able to make further changes to your EOI. You must respond to the visa invitation and apply for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) with the Department of Home Affairs within 60 days of the invitation being issued.

If the visa application is not lodged within 60 days, the offer of state nomination will expire. Extensions will not be granted. If an offer has expired, you will need to reapply for state nomination with a new application.

Disclaimer

Please note that if any information provided to us at the time of nomination (or lack of information), is at a later date found to be incorrect or misleading, and you would not have otherwise been supported for nomination, the Tasmanian Government reserves the right to inform the relevant authority whenever appropriate. It is your responsibility to inform both the Tasmanian Government and the Department of Home Affairs, of any changes to your circumstances. Please refer to the following link for more information. Lack of notification of changes in circumstances may result in a withdrawal of nomination and visa cancellation.

Maintain obligations

When your skilled migration visa application is decided by the Department of Home Affairs and, if approved, you will also have agreed to the below conditions to prove that you have and will fulfil the ongoing obligations of the visa’s intent.

Inform us of visa grant

You must inform the Tasmanian Government of the outcome of the application for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and, if you are living overseas, the expected date of your arrival in Tasmania by email to skilled@migration.tas.gov.au.

When you email us you must attach a copy of your visa grant notification.

Contact us when you arrive

You must contact the Tasmanian Government within one month of your first arrival in Australia by email to skilled@migration.tas.gov.au.

Live and work in Tasmania

You must live and work in Tasmania for at least two years from the date the visa is granted (for those already residing in Tasmania) or from the date of first arrival into Tasmania (for those who do not currently reside here).

Complete surveys

The Tasmanian Government will periodically email you surveys after your visa is granted. You must complete these surveys as a condition of your nomination.

Notify of changes to contact details

Keep us informed of any changes to your contact details in Tasmania for 24 months after the granting of your visa / arrival in Tasmania


Disclaimer

The Tasmanian Government is not responsible for finding employment, accommodation or providing financial incentive or assistance to state nominated visa holders or other skilled migrants. Tasmanian Government nomination is exclusive to Tasmania and is not transferable to any other state or territory in Australia.