The new 5 year visa for skilled regional workers commenced 16 November 2019 which opens up new opportunities for thousands of migrants looking to live and work in Australia. The new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia and can then apply for a Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) once they meet the requirements needed. You can also now submit an Expression of Interest for the new subclass 491 visa. This five year visa for skilled regional workers also brings in some changes.
CHANGES TO THE POINTS TEST
Other changes commenced on 16 November 2019, including changes to the points test for General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas which will apply to all unassessed GSM visa applications before 16 November 2019.
CHANGES TO PARTNER POINTS
If you do not have a spouse or de facto partner you are eligible to claim 10 points.
If you have a spouse or de facto partner who is an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident you are eligible to claim 10 points.
If you have a skilled spouse or de facto partner (increased from 5 to 10 points) :
- will be included in the visa application for the same subclass of visa
- is not an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident;
- is under 45 years of age;
- has nominated a skilled occupation;
- has a suitable skills assessment for the nominated occupation and the assessment was not for a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa
- has at least ‘Competent English’ are eligible to claim 10 points.
A spouse or de facto partner who has ‘Competent English’ who is not an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident and who will be included in the visa application for the same visa subclass are eligible to claim 5 points.
OTHER CHANGES TO THE POINTS TEST
Those who claim a specialist education qualification are eligible to claim 10 points (increased from 5 points). If you want to apply for a visa subclass 491 nomination from a State or Territory, or you are sponsored by an eligible family member you can claim 15 points (previously 10 points).
WHAT TO DO NEXT AND HOW TO APPLY
Getting the right advice upfront is essential so contact our team. We are ready and waiting to assist you in applying for your five year visa for skilled regional workers today.
- Direct call on (+61) 2 9299 0255
- Send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will assess your situation on an individual basis and provide you with the best advice to make your stay in Australia hassle-free. More information on the points test is available: visit the subclass 491 points-table.