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.
Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa: 2000 places
Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa: 1350 places
Some of the key features for the new program include:
FOR ALL CANDIDATES…..
· Simplified eligibility requirements.
· Invitation only – candidates will be able to register interest in Tasmanian nomination in the Migration Tasmania Gateway if they meet the minimum eligibility requirements, and the most competitive will be able to apply for nomination.
· More clearly defined exclusions and exceptions regarding employment and business roles and location of dependants.
· No course or occupation restrictions or mandatory employment requirements.
· Permanent pathway for PhD students.
FOR SKILLED EMPLOYEES…..
· An expanded list of occupations and employment eligible for permanent subclass 190 visa nomination.
· No occupation requirements for subclass 491.
· Inclusion of part-time employment to meet work experience requirements.
· Subcontractors with a related skills assessment included in skilled employment pathway.
FOR BUSINESS OPERATORS…..
· Extension of qualifying business operation time from six to twelve months for business operations which commenced after 15 April 2022.
· Introduction of a new personal business income requirement, set at a minimum 80% of TSMIT (i.e., $43 120).
FOR LONG TERM RESIDENTS…..
· A new nomination pathway for candidates who have lived in Tasmania for an extended period and established themselves in employment or business.
· Qualifying residence period of at least three years for permanent subclass 190 visa nomination, or two years for the provisional subclass 491 visa.
· Business operators will be eligible for subclass 190 nomination if they have lived in Tasmania for two years, and run their eligible business successfully for two years.
FOR OVERSEAS CANDIDATES…..
· No occupation restrictions where a candidate has a job offer.
· More invitations to apply for nomination from Skillselect where candidates have skills needed by Tasmanian businesses.
· New industry skills-needs profiles to help potential candidates tailor their Skillselect EOI to increase chances of invitation.