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Tasmania opens doors for skilled migrants, thousands of places up for grabs

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Tasmania has launched its 2021-22 skilled migration program and invited applications for 3,300 places for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491) and the Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190). In addition, the state will carry over 500 unfilled slots from last year’s program. Migration agents say this could be an opportunity Tasmanian graduates have been waiting for.

Tasmania has opened its 2021-22 skilled migration program with minimal changes to its nomination requirements today.

Applications have been invited for 2,200 places for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491) and 1,100 for the Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190).


Highlights:

  • Tasmania offers 3,800 permanent residency places for 2021-22
  • Employment not mandatory for local graduates applying under Category 1: Tasmania government
  • Tasmanian graduates eligible for state nomination under Subclass 190 

Aside from the above, 500 unfilled places from the 2020-21 program have also been brought forward to this year.

Hobart-based migration agent Meera Ganeshkumar told SBS Hindi that applicants who have completed a two-year program registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) in Tasmania, and are continuing to live in the state, can apply for the Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190).

She added that employment is not a minimum requirement for Tasmanian graduates applying under Category 1.

“Applicants have a higher chance of getting a nomination if their occupation is either on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) or the Tasmanian Skilled Occupations List (TSOL),” she explained.

Ms Ganeshkumar added that chances improve for applicants who are working in their skilled sector in an established business or have been operating their own business for at least six months.

“Visa nominations for Subclass 190 are also open to those who have been working in Tasmania for the past six months in an occupation listed on the TSOL and who possess the necessary qualifications, English language proficiency and skills assessment,” Ms Ganeshkumar added.

Hobart resident Parth Patel
Hobart resident Parth Patel.
Supplied by Parth Patel

Hobart resident Parth Patel intends to apply for the 190 visa once he completes his six-month mandatory stay in Tasmania next month.

“Last year, I had applied for a visa in Victoria. But due to the pandemic and lockdowns, Victoria gave preference to applicants from medical backgrounds,” Mr Patel, who completed his masters from Central Queensland University, told SBS Hindi.

Mr Patel moved to Tasmania after he found a job in his field and is currently working as a junior estimator with a property developer.

The Tasmania government has also invited 2,200 applications for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491).

“Candidates who have a skills assessment for an occupation on the TSOL, will be eligible for Subclass 491 nomination after working in a related position for a minimum of three months,” the Tasmanian government announced.

Ms Ganeshkumar also said that students who commenced their most recent studies in a one-year CRICOS-registered course before 30 June, are eligible to apply upon the completion of their course, provided they studied while residing in Tasmania. 

“Those commencing studies July 2021 onwards, have different requirements depending on their visa status at the time of undertaking the studies,” she said. 

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