Tasmania Skilled Nominated Visa 190 and 491: what are the requirements for the year 2022-2023?

Tasmania Skilled Nominated Visa 190 and 491: what are the requirements for the year 2022-2023?

Do you want to immigrate to Australia? Are you interested in Tasmania in particular? Then you want to read the information below on the Tasmania Skilled Nomination Program (190 and 491).

What is the Tasmania Skilled Nomination Program (190)?
Each region in Australia has different skills shortage needs to that of the country as a whole. As such, each state and territory has a skilled nomination program.

In this case, the Tasmania Skilled Nomination Program (190) allows the state to make provision for skilled immigrants specifically needed in Tasmania.

Tasmania has received an interim skilled visa allocation of nomination places from the Australian Government for the 2022-23 program year.

The Department of Home Affairs has advised that this allocation will be revisited after the first quarter of 2022-23 and should not be taken as an indication of the full year’s quota.

Tasmania’s interim allocation includes:
Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa: 2000 places
Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa: 1350 places

It is clearly seen that the quotas for 190 visa permanent residency has been increased significantly.

1.Subclass 190 - Skilled Nominated Visa Tasmania

The Tasmanian Skilled Migration State Nomination program remains temporarily restricted. A recommencement date is not yet available. 

Nomination from Tasmania for this visa provides applicants with 5 additional points to help meet the Department of Home Affairs points test pass mark of 65 points. 

1.1 Minimum Requirements: 

  • 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 IELTS: 6 for each component. PTE: 50 for each components. 
  • at least 65 points on the Department of Home Affairs points test.

1.2 Tasmanian Skilled Employment Pathway (2022-23) 

Minimum Criteria 

● Your employment must be in an occupation listed on the Tasmanian Onshore Skilled Employment Occupation List (TOSOL)

● You must have been working in Tasmania for 6 months immediately prior to your application. Your employment must average at least 20 hours per week over the 6 month period immediately prior to lodging your 

application. 

● You must currently be living in Tasmania and intend to continue living in Tasmania (your dependents must not be living in another Australian state or territory). 

● Your employment needs to be closely related to your nominated occupation (a skilled role within the same industry area as your skills assessment – see additional information and important definitions for guidance). 

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).

● If you are a subcontractor, you may be considered in this pathway if you have a related skills assessment and at least 12 months business activity in Tasmania. 

Tasmanian Skilled Graduate Pathway (2022-23) 

Minimum Criteria 

You may also need to possess one or more of the priority attributes listed for this pathway (refer to the table below). 

● 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). 

● You must have lived in the state for at least two calendar years from the commencement of your course and for the duration of your studies.

● Your course of study must be AQF 5 (Diploma) or higher, or at least Certificate III related to an ANZSCO Major Group 3 or Group 4 occupation, and be listed on CRICOS with a duration of at least 92 weeks. 

● Your course must have been completed full-time and on-site in Tasmania. 

● you must currently be living in Tasmania and intend to continue living in Tasmania. 

Tasmanian PhD candidates who have not completed an undergraduate degree in Tasmania are eligible in this pathway after living in Tasmania and completing at least 2 years of their PhD discipline in Tasmania. 

* Graduates who were affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions should consider the flexible requirements for visa state nomination applicants affected by COVID-19 restrictions 

Tasmanian Established Resident Pathway (2022-23) 

Minimum Criteria 

● You must have been living in Tasmania for at least 3 years (with no more than 50 percent of your total Australian residence period spent in another Australian state or territory), and one of:

■ Currently be employed in Tasmania in an ANZSCO Skill Levels 1-3, including a cumulative 12 out of the last 24 months, (a minimum 20 hours per week on average). 

■ Currently be employed in Tasmania, including a cumulative 18 months in the last 3 years, in an ANZSCO Skill Level 4 or 5 (a minimum 20 hours per week on average). 

■ Have operated a business for at least the last 2 years with taxable earnings equivalent to the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (currently $53,900). 

Would love to move permanently to Tasmania? Check if you are eligible for 190 or 491 Skilled Visa Nominated.

2.Subclass 491 - Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

The Tasmanian Skilled Migration State Nomination program remains temporarily restricted. A recommencement date is not yet available. 

Nomination from Tasmania for this visa provides applicants with 15 additional points to help meet the Department of Home Affairs points test pass mark of 65 points. 

The applicant may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa after have lived in Tasmania for at least three years and earned a minimum taxable income that meets the minimum threshold determined by the Department of Home Affairs for at least 3 years (currently set at AU$53,900). 

2.1 Visa Requirements - Department of Home Affairs 

To be eligible 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. 

2.2 Tasmanian Skilled Employment Pathway (2022-23)

Minimum Criteria 

If you are working in a role classified as Skill Level 1 – 3 according to ANZSCO

● You must have been working in Tasmania for at least 6 months immediately prior to your application. Your employment must average at least 20 hours per week over the 6-month period immediately prior to lodging your application. 

● If you have a skills assessment and related employment in an occupation listed on the Tasmanian Onshore Skilled Occupation List (TOSOL) – you may be eligible for nomination after 3 months of employment. 

● You must currently be living in Tasmania and intend to continue living in Tasmania (your dependents must not be living in another Australian state or territory). 

● Your employment does not need to be related to your skills assessment.

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). 

● If you are a subcontractor, you may be considered in this pathway if you have a related skills assessment and at least 12 months business activity in Tasmania. 

● If your employment is not related to your skills-assessment you must have relevant qualifications or experience consistent with the ANZSCO definition for that role. 

If you are working in a role classified at ANZSCO Skill Level 4 or 5

● You must have been working in Tasmania for at least 6 months* immediately prior to your application. Your employment must average at least 20 hours per week over the 6-month period prior to lodging your application 

● You must currently be living in Tasmania and intend to continue living in Tasmania (your dependents must not be living in another Australian state or territory). 

● Your employment must be ongoing, for at least 6 months beyond the application date.

● There must be a genuine and demonstrated severe labour recruitment difficulty for the role, endorsed by your employer in a statement detailing the need for the position, local recruitment and workforce development activities and strategies in place that have attempted to address that recruitment difficulty. 

● You must have relevant qualifications or experience consistent with the ANZSCO definition for that role (usually either a related Certificate III or 12 months experience. See “additional details and definitions”). 

● There must be opportunities for career advancement, endorsed in writing by your employer 

*This requirement will change to at least 12 months for applications made in the 2023-24 program year. 

Candidates who have only 6 months work experience in their ANZSCO 4 or 5 role are unlikely to be successful without possessing additional priority attributes. 

Employment and conditions: 

● Your employer must be a well-established business that has been actively operating in Tasmania for the past 12 months. 

● 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 at least equivalent to the market salary rate. 

● 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. 

2.3 Tasmanian Skilled Graduate Pathway (2022-23)

Minimum Criteria 

● 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). 

● You must have lived in the state for at least one calendar year from the commencement of your course and for the duration of your studies.

● Your course of study must be AQF 5 (Diploma) or higher, or at least Certificate III related to an ANZSCO Major Group 3 or Group 4 occupation, and be listed on CRICOS with a duration of at least 40 weeks.

● Your course must have been completed full-time and on-site in Tasmania. 

● You must currently be living in Tasmania and intend to continue living in Tasmania. 

* Graduates who were affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions should consider the flexible requirements for visa state nomination applicants affected by COVID-19 restrictions 

2.4 Tasmanian Established Resident Pathway (2022-23)

Minimum Criteria 

● You must have been living in Tasmania for at least 2 years (with no more than 50 percent of total Australian residence period spent in another Australian state or territory) and currently be employed in Tasmania in either: 

■ a role equivalent to ANZSCO Skill Level 1-3, including a cumulative 6 months experience at the same level in the last 12 months (a minimum 20 hours per week), or 

■ a role equivalent to ANZSCO Skill Level 4 or 5, with a cumulative 12 months experience at the same level or higher in the last 18 months (a minimum 20 hours per week). 

2.5 Tasmanian Business Operator Pathway (2022-23)

Minimum Criteria 

● You must demonstrate that you have established and operated a business (solely owned or co-owned with spouse) in Tasmania for at least 12 months 

● Your business must have provided a personal taxable income to you of at least 85 percent of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (i.e. currently $45 815) 

● You must show that you have an understanding of the responsibilities and requirements around treating employees fairly by completing key units on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s online learning centre 

● Owners of massage therapy businesses must have a related skills assessment and the business must be in a hospital, aged or disability care setting or an allied healthcare setting such as a physiotherapy clinic 

● Subcontracting business owners are not eligible for consideration in this pathway.

* If you began operating your business before 15 April 2022 you must have operated your business for at least 6 months immediately prior to your application. 

2.6 Overseas Applicant (Job Offer) Pathway (2022-23)

Minimum Criteria 

● You must have received a formal job offer for a job that is based in Tasmania that is closely related to your nominated occupation. 

● You, or any of your dependents must not have lived in another Australian state or territory within the last 12 months. 

● Your employer must have a well-established business that has been actively operating in Tasmania for at least the past 12 months. 

● 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 must be at least equivalent to the local market salary rate. 

● There must be a genuine and ongoing need for your position within the business and the capacity for the business to sustain your employment.

● Massage therapist positions must be located in a hospital, aged or disability care setting or an allied healthcare setting such as a physiotherapy clinic. 

2.7 Overseas Applicant (OSOP) – Invitation Only Pathway (2022-23) 

Minimum Criteria 

● Migration Tasmania has contacted you in writing through Skillselect to register on the Migration Tasmania Gateway (you will not be able to register if you have not first been contacted by Migration Tasmania). 

● Your nominated occupation must be listed in the Overseas Skilled Occupation Profiles (OSOP) list. 

● You, or any of your dependents, must not have lived in another Australian state or territory within the last twelve months. 

● You must have access to sufficient financial assets to fund your migration and settlement in Tasmania for at least 6 months while you seek employment. 

● If invited to apply for nomination you must provide evidence of contact with at least 2 Tasmanian employers who have been operating in Tasmania for at least 12 months. This should indicate that the business is interested in discussing employment opportunities with you.

● If invited to apply for nomination you must provide personal research into recent advertised positions relevant to your nominated occupation (a minimum of 2 vacancies no older than 6 weeks before you apply for nomination). 

● You must provide an employment statement for each advertisement explaining how your qualifications, knowledge and experience relate to and meet the requirements for each of the job advertisements. 

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