Two important changes to Australian immigration law commence on 16 November 2019.
- The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa 494 is replacing the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa 187.
- The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa 491 is replacing the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa 489.
The new visas allow skilled workers to work in regional Australia. They can be a pathway to permanent residency, via the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa 191, which commences in November 2022.
Applicants for the Skilled Employer Sponsored (Regional) visa 494 must be under the age of 45 at the time of application, have competent English and at least three years full-time relevant work experience in the nominated occupation, or a related field, at the same level of skill. The visa is for a five-year period.
Applicants for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa 491 must be under the age of 45 at the time of application, complete a positive skills assessment, be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency, or be sponsored by an eligible family member residing in the regional area and be invited to apply for the visa after the submission of an expression of interest through SkillSelect. The visa is also for a five-year period.
The By Lawyers Immigration publication will be updated accordingly.