If you have graduated from a tertiary institution in Tasmania after studying in the state for a minimum of one academic year (40 weeks at a CRICOS registered institution) you can apply for a state sponsored visa.
International students who study in Tasmania not only contribute economically to the state, but they also play a valuable role in enhancing Tasmania’s cultural diversity.
International students get access to valuable work experience opportunities during their studies, giving them the opportunity to develop professional networks which they can use to get a job when they graduate. Many entrepreneurial graduates establish businesses in Tasmania which boost the economy and also create local jobs.
To find out about studying in Tasmania, you can read more at the University of Tasmania and TasTAFE websites.
Graduates who apply for a Tasmanian Government nominated visa need to commit to staying in Tasmania for two years after their visa is issued.
International students who graduate in Tasmania are given key advantages:
- applicants may select an occupation from the Tasmanian Skilled Occupations List (TSOL) and the occupations listed on the Migration Instrument 2017 (IMMI 17/072: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities)
- applicants for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) must use the shorter Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
- there are no quotas on occupations
- nominees do not have to wait for an invitation to apply through Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection (DIBP), they can apply as soon as their EOI is submitted by State Growth staff in SkillSelect
- applicants receive priority processing at the Department of State Growth and at the DIBP, speeding up the time it takes to be issued a visa
- Tasmanian Government nomination provides extra points in the DIBP points test. To check your points click on the interactive points calculator (nomination provides 5 points for the 190 and 10 points for the 489)
- applicants who have studied in ‘regional’ Australia for two years receive extra points (DIBP categorises all of Tasmanian as regional)
To apply, you must fulfil the DIBP requirement:
- score at least 60 points for the DIBP points test (including 10 points allocated for 489 State nomination) click on the interactive points calculator to check points score
- have a valid and positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation which is on the combined list of eligible skilled occupations.
- have at least ‘competent English’ and provide evidence of this with a recognised English language test or hold a passport of the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada or New Zealand.
Ling Woollams's story
When I was still in the uni, I started working at the Tahune Air Walk and after I graduated I started to look for a full time position or a job relevant to what I studied and I found an accounting job and I am an auditor at the moment.
The students who graduated at the University of Tasmania can get the State nominated visa which is what I got.
I’d like to tell the people in China to choose Tasmania because if you want a real life, I think you’d better come here and have a look.
When I was in Beijing I worked in a really good company and my salary was good but I was so busy I had to work over 12 hours a day. I think most people are like that.
After I moved to Tasmania I could breathe the cleanest air and drink the cleanest water. I feel I am enjoying my life every day.
I ask my friends why they choose the University of Tasmania and it is because the university fees are lower than the other university. Also, because they want to practice their English but they go to Sydney or Melbourne there are just too many Chinese so they didn’t get their chance to practice their English.
Mustafa Ali's story
I work as Tasmanian Territory Manager for Red Bull in Launceston. I studied in the Hobart campus of UTAS, absolutely enjoyed living and working there as well.
I started working as a brand ambassador for brands like Microsoft, Sony and Samsung while I was studying. They were all casual roles but I knew that I was on a learning stage, I was getting experience, I knew once I finished my degree I would be able to get a full time job based on the experience and the skilled I was learning while I was studying.
And it paid off. Once I finished my degree it paid off. Red Bull was looking for a Territory Manager based in Launceston and I applied. Luckily I found this job and it is all because of the experience and hard work I put in while I was studying.
In terms of employment opportunities, all the big brands, big companies are operating in Tasmania and they are always looking for people who have got some good skills.