Interim program restrictions remain in place.
The program is expected to re-open to general applications in late January with updated requirements.

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is a provisional visa for skilled workers which allows you to live and work in Tasmania for up to five years.

State nomination from Tasmania for this visa provides you with 15 additional points to help you meet the Department of Home Affairs’ points test pass mark of 65 points. More information on this is available under “Eligibility”. You may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa after you 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).

** Subclass 491 Category 3A restrictions remain in place **
Please do not LODGE or PAY for a Category 3A application if your occupation is not listed as ‘HIGH DEMAND’ on the TSOL. Your application will CLOSED and NO Fee For Service refund will be provided.

Since 20 March 2020, applications for this category have been temporarily restricted until further notice to occupations listed in the ‘High Demand’ section of the Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List (TSOL).

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 avoid delays. Other factors that impact on processing times include changes in application volumes, seasonal peaks, and complex cases.

Please refer to the NEWS updates of this website for current processing times.

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.
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.


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