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Thousands Of Regional Migration Visas Available

The Australian Government is increasing the total number of regional places from 23,000 to 25,000 in 2019 – 2020.  So, there are now thousands of Regional Migration visas available due to the unprecedented growth (124%) in the number of regional visas granted.

As we mentioned in a previous blog post, Perth and the Gold Coast are now classified as regional zones, not major cities. This helps to ensure they are attractive locations for skilled migrants and international students.

Regional Incentives Include:

  • Access to the dedicated 25,000 regional places.
  • Priority processing on regional visas.
  • Access to the Regional Occupations List – more jobs compared to non-regional lists.
  • International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional year in Australia on a post-study work visa.
  • Another exciting update is that international university graduates living in these locations will be eligible to apply for more time in Australia on a post-study work visa. 

Major cities: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Cities and major regional centres that receive regional incentives: Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast Canberra Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong and Hobart.

Regional centres and other regional areas: All other locations 

  • Access to the dedicated 25,000 regional places.
  • Priority processing on regional visas.
  • Access to the Regional Occupations List – more jobs compared to non-regional lists.
  • International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional 2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa.
  • Priority in negotiating region-specific Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs).

WHAT TO DO NEXT AND HOW TO APPLY

If you are searching for help with Regional Migration visas (subclass 491 or subclass 494) contact us today. 

  • Direct call on (+61) 2 9299 0255
  • Send us an email richard@rslawyers.com.au

We will assess your situation on an individual basis and provide you with the best advice. Learn more about Regional Migration here

Five Year Visa For Skilled Regional Workers

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 richard@rslawyers.com.au

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.