New Regional visas

New skilled regional visas

Two new skilled regional visas will open to applications on 16 November 2019.  These new visas will promote regional migration and replace two existing subclasses:

 

New

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)

 

Replaces

Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) - first provisional stream

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) - Direct Entry stream

Benefits of new visas

  • Priority processing of regional applications
  • Incentives for migrants to stay in regional areas longer term as they build ties through workforce and community participation
  • Can apply for permanent residence without a second nomination stage, if eligible, through the subclass 191 visa (commences 16 November 2022)
  • Lower cost to employers with only one SAF levy stage for the subclass 494 nomination (compared to the two stages for the current subclass 482 to ENS subclass 186 permanent resident pathway)
  • More points available to subclass 491 visa applicants
  • Broader range of occupations available than non-regional pathways
  • Expanded and consistent classification of regional areas

The minimum taxable income for the subclass 494 and 191 visa will be set at the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) unless concessions are agreed (such as in relation to a DAMA). TSMIT is currently $53,900.

Source:
Department of Home Affairs, Skilled Visa News Sep 2019

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