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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.

Eligibility and Important Information

(Updated 02/08/2021)


Department of Home Affairs

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:
* not yet turned 45 years of age
* nominated an occupation on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations
* a valid and positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation
* at least ‘Competent’ English language proficiency
* at least 65 points on the Department of Home Affairs points test.

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.


Migration Tasmania - important information

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:

  • the demand for your particular skills and expertise, and your prospects for finding skilled employment in Tasmania
  • 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 relevance of your qualifications, skills, experience and 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 or are engaged in critical areas of the Tasmanian economy will be held in high regard, particularly if living in an area outside of Greater Hobart. See the Tasmanian Skilled Nomination Program Factsheet for details.

Multiple Nominations

Applicants nominated for 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.

High Calibre subclass 491 category applicants may be considered for subclass 190 nomination

We will consider applicants who have applied for nomination in any of the subclass 491 categories for subclass 190 nomination if they can demonstrate that they are a “high calibre” candidate, even if they do not meet the subclass 190 category requirements. Applicants who believe they warrant consideration as high calibre candidates should supply a written submission included in the Commitment Letter of their application outlining their reason(s) for their request.

Positive attributes include:

  • Employment in highly skilled, specialist positions (normally ANZSCO 1 or 2)
  • Rare/unique skills in high demand
  • Specialist health/allied health skills and employment (in a health related setting)
  • Recent graduate of a TSOL related occupation, with prior skills/experience and can demonstrate strong employment opportunities
  • Employment directly related to nominated occupation, with highly reputable, well known company
  • Employed in skilled area of high demand, having lived in Tas for 2 years or more
  • Extensive residence in Tas (over 3 years) with solid and ongoing skilled employment

Possessing any or all of these does not guarantee we will agree to subclass 190 nomination.

Important note: please DO NOT email to enquire eligibility as a ‘high calibre’ calibre applicant – we will not make an assessment before receiving your application. Select both 491 and 190 on your Skillselect EOI and include your request to also be considered for subclass 190 in your Commitment Statement.

** Bridging Visa holders seeking AAT/Federal Court Review

Migration Tasmania will accept applications from candidates seeking review of a visa refusal or cancellation decision at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or Australian Federal Court. However, we will not confirm nomination unless an applicant can demonstrate a reasonable ability to depart Australia, lodge their skilled visa application and return to Australia in the near future. This would normally include:

  • evidence of the grant of a Bridging Visa B to allow departure from Australia
  • evidence of a visa allowing entry to New Zealand (or any other “travel bubble” country) when in operation (not suspended)
  • if unable to travel to a “travel bubble country”, reasonable claims to meet the Australian Government’s travel exemption criteria plus:
  • a letter from their current employer acknowledging that they will be departing Australia to lodge their visa application, that their absence during visa and travel exemption processing may be extended and indefinite, and that their employment remains available upon return
  • evidence of travel arrangements

Migration Tasmania will not renominate where a nominee has been unable to lodge their visa application. Nominees in this instance will need to lodge a new nomination application. There is no guarantee a further nomination will be approved.


** 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.

Tasmanian Graduate requirements

Nomination Category 1


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

If you commenced your last course of study in Tasmania before 30 June 2021

  • You must have completed and graduated from a CRICOS registered tertiary institution in Tasmania and met the Australian study requirement through study in Tasmania
  • Your course of study must have been completed full time and on-site 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 able to provide evidence of your genuine ongoing commitment to remain in Tasmania
  • If you are not currently in skilled employment you must provide a 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.

Employment is not a minimum requirement for this category of nomination. However, evidence of employment or business operation will be taken into consideration in our assessment where:

  • the employer is well established and has been operating in Tasmania for at least 12 months
  • the employment has been more than 3 months in duration
  • Where candidates have been employed in the dairy, meat, accommodation, logistics or farming industry for at least the previous 6 months prior to lodging their application for nomination, they should have completed relevant industry training of at least Cert III (or equivalent training provided by industry peak bodies)

OR

If you commenced your last course of study in Tasmania after 30 June 2021

  • You must have completed a course of study and obtained a letter of completion from a tertiary institution in Tasmania registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
  • Your course of study must be listed on CRICOS with a duration of at least 92 weeks* and must have been completed full time and on-site in Tasmania
  • You must have lived in the state for at least 2 calendar years from the commencement of your course and for the duration of your studies
  • You and your dependents must currently be living in Tasmania and demonstrate a genuine commitment to continue to live in Tasmania
  • If you are not currently in skilled employment you must provide a 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
  • Your study does not need to be related to your nominated occupation, however a relevant skills assessment will be highly regarded.
  • If you held a Student visa (subclass 500) when you completed your last course of study in Tasmania, the study must be:
    • a degree (bachelor, masters or any higher degree), or a diploma (standard, advanced, associate or graduate); or
    • a qualification directly related to a Priority Industry Training and Workforce Development Area (current at the time you commenced study) at the minimum qualification level specified for that area.
  • If you held a visa that was NOT a Student visa (subclass 500) at the time you completed your last course of study in Tasmania, the study MUST be directly related to a Priority Industry Training and Workforce Development Area (current at the time you commenced study) at the minimum qualification level specified for that area.

Employment is not a minimum requirement for this category of nomination. However, evidence of employment or business operation will be taken into consideration in our assessment where:

  • the employer is well established and has been operating in Tasmania for at least 12 months
  • the employment has been more than 3 months in duration
  • Where candidates have been employed in the dairy, meat, accommodation, logistics or farming industry for at least the previous 6 months prior to lodging their application for nomination, they should have completed relevant industry training of at least Cert III (or equivalent training provided by industry peak bodies)

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

Please note: only one course of study leading to one qualification may be included, unless it is part of an articulated pathway or packaged course, eg. a 2 year Certificate III – IV Commercial Cookery Pathway.


Flexible requirements for visa state nomination applicants
affected by COVID-19 restrictions - 
please refer to this link.

Working in Tasmania requirements

Nomination Category 2


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

  • you must have been working in Tasmania for 6 months immediately prior to your application for state nomination. 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 provide evidence of genuine commitment* to continue to live in Tasmania
  • your employment must be in an occupation listed on the Tasmanian Skilled Occupations List (TSOL) - (please note the applicants must have the English Proficiency listed on TSOL, but not those listed in “Other requirements and notes” )
  • your employment needs to be in your nominated occupation
  • 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 (including a minimum 12 month contract with at least 3 months remaining at the time you apply for nomination). The contract may be casual but must comply with the Fair Work Ombudsman’s National Employment Standards
  • your wages and conditions must be no less favourable than those that would apply to an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and salary or wages are equivalent to the market salary rate (see the Document Checklist)
  • *To help demonstrate a genuine intention to settle in Tasmania, applicants who currently hold a Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482), and who have worked less than 12 months with their Tasmanian-based sponsoring employer must provide a letter of support from their current sponsoring employer stating that they:

    • support your visa application
    • understand that you will not be tied to their business once the subclass 491/subclass 190 visa is granted. 

    **a well-established business actively operating in Tasmania would normally be expected to have  

    • permanent business signage;
    • active/ongoing online presence, advertising and marketing;
    • a Tasmanian address as a registered business location;
    • a local landline contact number
    • an ongoing office space (not a residential address) that is not ‘casual’ or ‘virtual’ (including corporate/co-shared offices); and
    • permanent representation of employees at the stated business location

    Please note:

    : Internships (unless paid professional internships undertaken for registration purposes), 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.
    : There are areas of employment in Tasmania that are not supported for nomination under the ‘Working in Tasmania’ category. This includes employment relating to:
    - supermarkets
    - service stations
    - limited service restaurants***
    - massage clinics
    - taxi/uber driving
    - sub-contracted cleaning, business maintenance or security work

    *** 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 cafés
    - limited service pizza restaurants

    A fact sheet for employers regarding the information they may need
    to provide in support of their employee seeking nomination is HERE

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.

  • The documents listed below will be required to be uploaded during the online application process and before an application can be finalised as lodged.
  • Migration Tasmania may also contact you for additional documents if required and also directly contact people and organisations you have listed to confirm information such as educational institutes, employers and real estate agents
  • It is important that you ensure all documentation provided is current, up-to-date and genuine. In the event that documentation is found to be false or fraudulent an application will be declined and details may also be passed on to other agencies such as the Department of Home Affairs for further investigation.
  • Please refer to this Home Affairs link for occupations of people for any documents that require to be 'signed and witnessed'

There are 3 groups of documents to upload:
- ESSENTIAL (required for all applications);
- CATEGORY SPECIFIC (required depending on your choice of nomination category); and
- ADDITIONAL SUPPORTING (other miscellaneous documents).

ESSENTIAL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS all categories:

  • Passport (Bio-Data page) - please note: this document is no longer needed to be signed and witnessed (the online application form will be updated accordingly)
  • SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI) including your personal/education/employment details as submitted
  • Skills Assessment as received by the relevant assessing body
  • English Language Report (English proficiency test result - must be dated within the last three years) 
    - if you hold a passport issued by the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America, or Republic of Ireland please attach a 'blank' pdf
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resume (up-to-date)
  • Declaration of Financial Capacity - signed and witnessed (click here for the form)
    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.
  • Commitment to Tasmania Statement (a 1 page summary of why you wish to live in Tasmania)
    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, their skills and experience, evidence that they have also researched employment opportunities in Tasmania and they are satisfied to 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

CATEGORY SPECIFIC DOCUMENTS (also required):

Category 1: TASMANIAN GRADUATE (Subclass 190)

  • Current Visa Grant Notice including any bridging visa notice or AAT or Federal Court review information if applicable (VEVO printouts are not sufficient)
  • Tasmanian Qualifications Academic transcript and a completion letter
  • Any other Australian Qualifications Academic transcript(s) and a completion letter(s)
  • Bank Transaction Statements showing daily activities in Tasmania (24 months if applying for Subclass 190) *uploaded separately NOT combined*
  • Evidence of Living in Tasmania (rental agreements OR if not available, statutory declarations)
  • Travel Itinerary (Airline/Spirit of Tasmania itinerary of permanent arrival in Tasmania)
  • Signed Employment Contract if working (if not working please attach a 'blank' pdf)
  • Career Plan and Employability Analysis - this document must explain your overall long-term career intentions (more specific guidance for Tasmanian Graduates can be found on our International Student Graduates page)

Category 2: WORKING IN TASMANIA (Subclass 190)

  • Current Visa Grant Notice including any bridging visa notice or AAT or Federal Court review information if applicable (VEVO printouts are not sufficient)
  • Bank Transaction Statements showing daily activities in Tasmania (since the date of arrival in Tasmania) *uploaded separately NOT combined*
  • Evidence of Living in Tasmania (rental agreements OR if not available, statutory declarations)
  • Travel Itinerary (Airline/Spirit of Tasmania itinerary of permanent arrival in Tasmania)
  • Signed Employment Contract/Letter of Offer
  • Payslips (6 months immediately prior to application submission)
  • Evidence that pay and conditions no less favourable
    This can be  demonstrated by:
    - reference to an industrial award or enterprise agreement
    Job Outlook information
    - Market salary survey data such as Hays Salary guides
    - advertisements from the last six months for equivalent positions in the same location (eg Seek, Indeed, CareerOne)
    - remuneration surveys completed by a reputable organisation
    - written advice from unions or employer associations
  • Evidence of relevant industry training
  • Evidence of sponsoring employer support (if currently holding a Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) and worked less than 12 months with their Tasmanian-based sponsoring employer

ADDITIONAL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:

Below are some additional documents you can provide during the online application process.

  • Outstanding Tasmanian Debts/Payment Plan summary  (REQUIRED if you have an outstanding debt) - signed and witnessed
  • Declaration of Nomination Obligations if application has been submitted by a Migration Agent
  • Form 956 if application has been submitted by a Migration Agent
  • Tasmanian Drivers’ License
  • Volunteer Certificates and evidence
  • Current Employment Reference Letter
  • Adult Dependent's Passport (Bio-Data page)
  • Adult Dependent's Resume (up-to-date)
  • Dependent Child/Children Passports (Bio-Data pages)
  • Adult Dependent's Skills Assessment (if available)
  • Adult Dependent's Employment Contract (if currently employed in Tasmania)
  • Other Educational Qualifications achieved overseas

Apply for nomination

The assessment of an application for state nomination is 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. The outcome of an application is provided 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.

It is important that you CAREFULLY READ the minimum nomination requirements detailed on this website.
If an application is lodged and you are not eligible, it will be declined and NO Fee for Service refund will be provided.


** Subclass 190: Category 3 – Overseas applicant (Job Offer) is now permanently CLOSED **

We welcome you to refer to the Subclass 491 category 3B for alternate eligibility information.


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)

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.