Tasmania’s Nominated Skilled Migration Program is an attractive option for migrants wanting to live in Australia. With an enviable lifestyle, career opportunities, affordable housing, reputable schools and a globally recognised university, more people are considering Tasmania as a place to settle.
Tasmania’s Nominated Skilled Migration Program
Two visas make up Tasmania’s Nominated Skilled Migration Program. These are:
- The Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 491)
- The Skilled Nominated Permanent Visa (Subclass 190)
The Subclass 491 allows skilled workers to live and work in Tasmania for up to five years. The Subclass 190 allows skilled workers to live and work in Tasmania as a permanent resident.
Annual allocated numbers for each of these visas are:
- Subclass 491 – 1,400 places
- Subclass 190 – 1,000 places
Recently, changes have been announced that will essentially make it easier for certain applicants to obtain a permanent visa.
What are the changes?
Changes have been made to the nomination criteria for the Subclass 190. Now, high calibre Subclass 491 category applicants may be considered for a Subclass 190 nomination. The Tasmanian Government will consider these applicants even if they don’t meet the criteria for a Subclass 190 visa.
How is a high calibre applicant determined?
When determining if an applicant is high calibre, the Tasmanian government will assess whether the applicant possesses what they consider positive attributes. These positive attributes include:
- Employment in highly skilled, specialist positions
- Rare or unique skills in high demand
- Specialist health / allied health skills and employment
- If the applicant is a recent graduate of a Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List (TSOL) related occupation, with prior skills / experience and can demonstrate strong employment opportunities
- Employment directly related to a nominated occupation, with a highly reputable, well known company
- Employment in a skilled area of high demand while having lived in Tasmania for two years or more
- Extensive residence in Tasmania (over three years) with solid and ongoing skilled employment.
In addition to Tasmania’s Skilled Migration Program, Tasmania offers many professional and lifestyle opportunities to individuals and families wishing to migrate to Australia.
If you would like to learn more about skilled migration or any other aspect of migration, contact the Visa Solutions team on 1800 828 008.
While Australian borders are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel exemptions may apply under the following circumstances:
- A traveller has a compassionate or compelling reason to visit Australia
- Overseas workers holding a Subclass 482 or 400 visa are required to undertake a job in Australia that cannot be filled by a local employee
Visa Solutions Australia has been successful in acquiring a broad range of exemptions, from critical workers to those needing to travel on compassionate grounds.