Subclass 190 - Skilled Nominated Visa
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 usual processing time for Tasmanian Government state nomination is up to three months. Please also refer to the following link for the time it takes for the Department of Home Affairs to process your visa application upon state nomination.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can also find out how many points you can claim through the Interactive Points Calculator.
Go to the following website for more detailed information on these requirements as well as other relevant requirements. Please note that you also need to meet the Tasmanian Government nomination requirements to be eligible for state sponsorship.
Meeting the nomination requirements does not guarantee that you will be offered state nomination from the Tasmanian Government.
Every application for visa nomination goes through a highly competitive process and is assessed individually with a focus on your ability to address a number of assessment criteria, including:
- the availability of nomination places
- your ability to meet the minimum requirements
- 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
- your demonstrated ability and commitment to establishing yourself, and any dependants, in Tasmania with a view to your prospects for long-term settlement in the state
- number of points claimed in the points test
- level of English language competency
- genuineness and accuracy of claims put forward in your application.
Regard is given to applicants who have skills in particular need in the Tasmanian economy including:
- Health and medical professions
- Construction industries
- Agricultural professions
* Applicants currently holding a BRIDGING VISA due to AAT or Judicial Review are asked to include with their application a written explanation detailing their plans for visa lodgement in the event that they are supported for visa state nomination.
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.
- You and your dependants must currently be living in Tasmania and can provide evidence of genuine commitment to continue to live in Tasmania. (Refer to the disclaimer at the bottom of this page for indicators as to how to meet this requirement).
** For applicants who enrolled in a Tasmanian tertiary institution prior to 31 July 2017, to be considered for this category, you must meet the following criteria:
- completed and graduated from a CRICOS registered tertiary institution in Tasmania. The course undertaken:
- must be a degree (bachelor or any higher degree), a diploma (advanced, associate or graduate) or a trade qualification (minimum Cert III level for a skilled occupation in Major Group 3 in ANZSCO)
- must have a minimum duration of one academic year (40 weeks)
- must be full-time and on-site in Tasmania
- you have lived in the state for at least 1 year during your period of study
- you and your dependants are currently living in Tasmania and can provide evidence of your ongoing genuine commitment
Please refer to the Document Checklist tab for further information on providing evidence to support your application.
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 employer must have a well-established business that has been actively operating in Tasmania for the past 12 months and there needs to be a genuine 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 dependants must currently be living in Tasmania and can provide evidence of genuine commitment to continue to live in Tasmania (please refer to disclaimer at the bottom of this page for indicators as to how to meet this requirement).
Please note that internships, stipends, scholarships and volunteer positions are not considered employment for the purpose of this category.
* There are areas of non-skill shortage in Tasmania that are not supported for visa state nomination under the ‘Working in Tasmania’ visa state nomination category. Occupations relating to supermarkets, service stations, limited service restaurants, massage clinics and taxi/uber driving are some examples of these areas.
To be considered for this category, you must be living overseas and meet all of the following criteria.
- You must have received a formal job offer for a job that is based in Tasmania that is in your nominated occupation.
- You, or any of your dependants have not lived in another Australian state or territory within the last twelve months.
- You will need to be able to provide evidence of your employment claims (see Document Checklist for more details).
- Your employer must have a well-established business that has been actively operating in Tasmania for the past 12 months and there needs to be a genuine need for your position within the business. This may be satisfied if there is:
- an existing, current and genuine need for your position within the business
- an ongoing need for your position and the capacity for the business to sustain the nominated position.
If you have not secured employment in Tasmania, you may still be eligible to apply for the new Subclass 491 visa after the 16th of November 2019. (Details available soon.)
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.
During your state nomination application process, you will be prompted to attach the following documents to 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.
The Department 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.
Please note that incomplete applications without the appropriate documentation may be refused even if you meet the nomination requirements.
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 will not meet the criteria to be considered for state nomination in Tasmania.
Attach a copy of a current skill assessment in the nominated occupation.
Declaration of nomination obligations
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.
If you are not using a migration agent, you can confirm that you acknowledge and accept Tasmania’s nomination obligations while completing the online application.
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, explain in your own words in no more than two pages, what you love about living in Tasmania and why you want to continue living in the state for at least two more years following the granting of a visa.
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.
In writing the Commitment to Tasmania statement, you should take into account the following points:
- why Tasmania’s lifestyle suits your way of life more than any other city in Australia
- include evidence that you have personally researched 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) intend to work, include evidence that they have also researched employment opportunities in Tasmania and 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 move away to Tasmania instead
- 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.
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.
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.
Attach a copy of your spouse / de facto partner’s passport (if applicable).
If you are using a migration agent, attach a completed and signed form 956 Advice by a migration agent / exempt person of providing immigration assistance.
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 applicable).
If you are a Tasmanian Graduate (Category 1) and 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.
Attach your 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.
If you are not currently living in Tasmania, attach your signed Declaration of Financial Capacity to show that you have access to sufficient financial resources to fund your migration to Australia (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 up to three months or longer to secure employment. This timeframe is only indicative, as the employment market fluctuates at different times of the year. 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.
If you are applying under the ‘Family in Tasmania’ category, attach:
- statutory declaration of family member (click HERE for the form)
- letter of support from your Tasmanian relative
- passport and / or birth certificates which evidence the nature of the relationship
- evidence that they have resided in Tasmania for at least the last 12 months, which may include a residential agreement, utility bills, or bank statements of everyday transactions in Tasmania the past 12 months
- evidence of their Australian residency / citizenship.
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.
Nomination by another Australian state / territory
If you have currently or previously applied to another Australian state or territory for nomination of a skilled migration visa, you must attach a statement explaining why you are now applying for state nomination with Tasmania.
Currently 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. A residential agreement will also be sufficient.
Also provide evidence that your dependants are living in Tasmania such as a copy of a driver’s licence, proof of employment or bank statements.
Apply for nomination
All applications for Tasmanian state nominations are free of charge.
The application for Tasmanian Government 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.
Do not lodge/submit multiple nomimations. Only the first application will be assessed and any subsequent applications will be closed.
After the 16th of November 2019 applicants who are not successful for Subclass 190 visa state nominaton may also be considered for Subclass 491 Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa nomination as a second option. If you would like this additional consideration 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 receive consideration of a second option.
Individuals (not using an agent):
Individuals who are not using an agent may apply directly for state nomination without creating an account.
Migration agents lodging an application on behalf of a client must create an agency account.
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). Visa processing times are updated monthly, providing you with an approximate timeframe for processing applications.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 prior to, or within one month of your first arrival in Australia by email to email@example.com
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).
The Tasmanian Government will issue you up to four surveys over a two to four year period following the date of your visa grant. These will be emailed to you for completion.
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
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.