Today Tasmania announced an update to the their skilled migration program.
While the full details of the new policy has not yet been released, it gives a clear indication into the new direction that Tasmania will take towards skilled nominations in the 2022~2023 financial year.
Tasmania has mentioned that the new requirements and process will commence once the Federal government confirms the States visa allocation .
One of the notable changes is that Tasmania will require applicants to submit an EOI and wait to be invited to apply for State nomination. In the past, this hasnt been necessary but the new change will bring Tasmania into line with most of the other States in Australia.
Tasmania has also grouped changes to the requirements by applicant group. These include the following:
o No course or occupation restrictions or mandatory employment requirements.
o Permanent pathway for PhD students.
- This change is actually a positive one and is a walkback from Tasmania's previous attempt to start to limit nominations to particularly occupation groups. Likely the change is due to increased labour demands arising from Covid-19 along with an attempt to prevent students from studying 'migration courses' to secure nomination.
o An expanded list of occupations and employment eligible for permanent subclass 190 visa nomination.
o No occupation requirements for subclass 491.
o Inclusion of part-time employment to meet work experience requirements.
o Subcontractors with a related skills assessment included in skilled employment pathway.
- These changes shows increased flexibility however it remains to be seen whether lower skilled jobs will be accepted in the subclass 491 category.
o Extension of qualifying business operation time from six to twelve months for business operations which commenced after 15 April 2022.
o Introduction of a new personal business income requirement, set at a minimum 80% of TSMIT (i.e., $43 120).
- Tasmania offers nomination to people who have been operating a business in the state and can satisfy the other skilled migration requirements. Setting the income requirement to 80% of TSMIT seems reasonable however we await further details as to how the personal business income requirement will need to be evidenced.
o A new nomination pathway for candidates who have lived in Tasmania for an extended period and established themselves in employment or business.
o Qualifying residence period of at least three years for permanent subclass 190 visa nomination, or two years for the provisional subclass 491 visa.
o 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.
- This is actually a positive change and may allow many students who have completed all their study in Tasmania an additional pathway to State nomination where they may for some reason not satisfy the graduate eligibility requirements.
o No occupation restrictions where a candidate has a job offer.
o More invitations to apply for nomination from Skillselect where candidates have skills needed by Tasmanian businesses.
o New industry skills-needs profiles to help potential candidates tailor their Skillselect EOI to increase chances of invitation.
- We await the release of the new industry skill-needs profile to see which of our clients might find an opportunity through this pathway.
o Simplified eligibility requirements.
o 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.
o More clearly defined exclusions and exceptions regarding employment and business roles and location of dependants.
o Clear sets of published priority attributes, describing the additional characteristics needed to be competitive. Only those candidates that meet the competitive threshold will be invited to apply for nomination. These attributes will include:
§ duration and industry of employment
§ employment in skilled roles which are critical to the Tasmanian economy
§ connections between employment, skills assessment and study
§ rate of salary compared with the Australia average and median
§ nature, level and duration of Tasmanian study
§ completion of work placements related to study
§ graduate employment offers
§ duration and success of business operation
§ level of business investment, turnover and local employment
§ length of residence in Tasmania
§ English language ability
§ location, length of residence, employment and skills of dependants.
Overall the changes to the Tasmanian migration program seem reasonable however it will be interesting to see if Tasmania releases a Matrix style points system similar to the ACT or whether scoring of applicant's based on EOI data will remain somewhat veiled. What is clear is that agents will be able to provide value to applicants by providing a strong EOI and then later assisting to provide a credible submission for nomination to Tasmania.
With over 12 years representing applicants applying to Tasmania for nomination and a 100% success rate, we are confident that we will be able to assist you with your Tasmania state nomination.
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