Tasmanian Nominated Skilled Migration Program Reopens On 29 January 2021
Tasmanian Nominated Skilled Migration Program To Reopen On 29 January 2021
The Tasmanian Government announced to reopen the Tasmanian Nominated Skilled Migration Program on 29 January 2021 at 1 pm (AEDT). The program will reopen with updated requirements for general applications. Due to the related system maintenance, online application access will be shut down on 28 January 2021 at 5 pm (AEDT) and reopen on 29 January at 1 pm (AEDT). Meanwhile, all offline applications will be closed and archived. Be sure to read all program updates prior to commencing your application as there will be new requirements and required documents.
Until when the time comes, the interim program restrictions still remain in place.
So how will the reopened program affect the Skilled and Business Migration Program applicants?
Tasmanian Skilled Migration Program
Tasmania’s Skilled Migration Program is a program that allows skilled people to migrate and work in Tasmania. The Tasmanian Government has been actively pursuing skilled and business migrants to bring a significant contribution to Tasmania’s economy and cultural diversities. You can apply for Tasmania’s Skilled Migration Program through two skilled migration pathways, namely Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) Visa and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) Visa.
Find out more about General Skilled Migration here.
Number Of Nomination Quota For Tasmania’s Skilled Migration Program
The island state has now received its full nomination quota for the 2020-21 program year. The full allocation comprises 1400 places for Subclass 491; 1000 places for Subclass 190; and 45 places for Business Migration. Approximately 25% of skilled visa nomination places have been used out of a total of 2400 places, 600 less than the previous year’s allocation.
Currently, Migration Tasmania is adjusting the selection requirements and policies to reflect the expectations and priorities set out by the Department of Home Affairs.
What are the Critical Roles?
Australia has specific border controls to protect the welfare of the Australian population. Hence, the Tasmanian Skilled Migration Program will focus on critical roles in response to coronavirus pandemic’s challenges. Critical roles are defined as roles which add the most value and have the greatest strategic impact to the post COVID-19 economic recovery. For Tasmania, these roles include:
- Specifically assisting Tasmania’s COVID-19 response directly engaged by the Tasmanian Government
- Delivering essential or specialty care services or providing medical supplies possibly correlated with COVID-19 reaction. It covers both general nursing and medical roles in the Tasmanian Health Services.
- Actively engaged in the procurement of critical products and services (medical technology; critical infrastructure, telecommunications, engineering and mining, supply chain logistics, agricultural technology, food production, and the maritime industry) including highly skilled and specialised roles in:
- Infrastructure engineering and management, such as dams, large/high-complexity bridges, irrigation systems, transport logistics preparation and maintenance;
- Agriculture, such as artificial insemination technicians, wool classers, livestock pregnancy scanners;
- The availability of critical goods and services that will be in jeopardy without the applicant.
- Offering services in industries that are vital to economic recoveries, such as financial technology, large-scale construction, film and television production, and emerging technologies, which:
- Must be high-value/highly qualified/specialised positions
- Will usually have a major and acknowledged contribution to export profits, a significant increase in jobs and economic benefits, a high national/international worth.
*Retail workers, harvest labourers, delivery drivers, warehouse staff or small scale, locally-oriented operations will generally not be included.
The Tasmanian Government will consider applications from individuals working in:
- Professional health and allied health professions, both in the commercial and non-profit sectors;
- Senior staff workers/enrolled nurses/enrolled nurses in age, disabilities and community care; (minimum diploma qualified).
What is a genuine, ongoing and meaningful contribution to the Tasmanian economy?
Any nomination must need to prove the applicant’s ability to contribute to the economic recovery in Tasmania. The applicant must show how they meet these criteria.
Supporting claims can include the following:
- Jobs in highly qualified, difficult to fill positions;
- High demand knowledge or expertise not readily accessible in the local community;
- Long-term, high-value financial commitment to the local economy contributing to additional job results for locals;
- Participation in Tasmanian industry or business, which is greatly dependent on the applicant’s ongoing presence in Tasmania.
Business Migration Program
What does this mean for Subclass 188 and 132 Visa Applicants?
As the Business Migration program reopens, all new business nominations must be aligned with Australia’s 2020-2021 migration program that focused on job creators, those with key skills and migrants who will add value to Australia’s future.
What does this mean for Prospective Business Investors?
The Government of Tasmania is seeking the attention of high-calibre sector investors who can make a substantial contribution to Tasmania’s economy. Tasmania is searching for business plans that present a variety of the following main attributes:
- Investment in the area (which generally excludes Hobart CBD and suburbs);
- Generation and/or continuation of local employment for Tasmanians;
- Investment in main industries that will support the economy of Tasmania, which could include:
- Aquaculture, Fisheries and Agriculture;
- Mining and Minerals;
- Forestry, Forestry;
- Antarctic and Aquatic Sciences;
- Technology of Information and Communication;
- Creative Industry.
- Production of substantial opportunities for other industries and/or economic development;
- Partnership with at least one Tasmanian business partner who is a permanent resident or an Australian citizen;
- Shift in new capital projects;
- Development of trade in goods and/or services in Tasmania;
- Creation of export markets for Tasmanian goods or substitution of imports;
- Introduction of new talents, knowledge, technology or inventions that are currently not present in Tasmania;
- Environmentally sustainable policies that draw on Tasmania’s environmental values.
Any of you who are interested can complete a short “intention to apply” form, including details of your background, experience and plans. Migration Tasmania will invite those with the highest value proposition to provide their application details.
Find out more about the Business Innovation and Investment Program here.
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