- Immigration Minister David Coleman on Friday (8/2/16) announced the initiative of fast-tracking visas in regional areas.
- The Government will provide $19.4 million in funding over the next four years to support regional areas to attract skilled migrants.
Under the plan, there will be priority processing for visas sponsored by employers in regional areas, as well as agreements where local councils are able to recruit workers from overseas.
This is such good news for migrants wannabe who don’t mind living outside the main cities across Australian states.
The $19.4 million plan is yet another series of initiative taken by the Immigration Minister to tackle the problems of workers shortage.
“There are a number of regions outside Sydney, Melbourne and South East Queensland who are calling out for skilled migrants. These regional initiatives will help these communities and local business attract migrants where they are needed most.”
Just recently it launched DAMA II. a joint program with Northern Territory, to attract more migrant workers to the area.
“DAMAs provide flexibility for regional employers to sponsor migrant workers, as well as incentives to migrants to live and work in regional areas, including by creating a pathway to permanent residence.
Reportedly, Warrnambool on Victoria’s Great South Coast is expected to sign another DAMA soon.
What Does it Means to Visa Applicants?
As the official press release stated, “Regional employers and skilled migrants wanting to live and work in regional areas will be given access to priority processing on visa applications.”
Meaning: it will fast-tracked all visa applications under the employer-sponsored stream for the said regional areas. As of February 2019, the visa processing time for employer-sponsored visas are as follow:
|482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)||Short-term||38 days||74 days|
|482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)||Medium-term||34 days||63 days|
|186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)||Transition Pathway (from 457/482 visa||11 months||14 months|
|187 – Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187)||Direct Entry Pathway||20 months||22 months|
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