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Tasmania introduces new visa category for overseas applicants

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Australia is fast becoming one of the hottest destinations for immigrants to migrate to. The popularity of Australia is increasing yearly as the annual intake of migrants is tipping over the 200,000 mark. The increasing popularity of Australia as a premium destination is due to the variety of lifestyle, working and economic conditions offered.

The different Australian states and territories all have their own immigration programs (apart from the Skilled Independent visa) which promote their own skills shortages and economic requirements. Eligible skilled immigrants are nominated by the states for skilled migration.

Tasmania has introduced a new visa category for overseas applicants which will allow them to work and live in the state for four years. The new visa category also offers a pathway to permanent residency for Australia which will no doubt be attractive for many potential migrants who may be applying for an Australian visa in the coming months.

From the 1st July 2017, a new category for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) has been introduced by Tasmania for state nomination for overseas applicants. This visa category is now available for offshore applicants that are eligible.

State nomination from Tasmania provides you with 10 additional points to help you qualify for a visa under the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) point test.

You may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through the DIBP 887 visa after you have lived in Tasmania for two years and worked full-time (35 hours per week) for at least 1 year during that time.

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) allows the visa holder/s to live and work in Tasmania for up to four years.

If you are nominated by the Tasmanian Government for the subclass 489 visa, you must commit to living in Tasmania for two years after your visa has been granted.

If you are considering applying for the subclass 489 visa, you must meet minimum requirements which are explained on the Migration Tasmania website here.

Our team of Registered Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers have helped thousands of skilled migrants apply for skilled visas. If you are a skilled migrant wanting to start your visa application, please contact our team to discuss your migration options to Tasmania.

We can assist you with many other migration services including permanent residency, Australian citizenship, parent, family and partner visas and much more. Contact us to discuss your immigration plans today.


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