In November 2019, two new regional visas will be introduced.
- Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa: for people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia.
- Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa: for people who are nominated by a State or Territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member to live and work in regional Australia.
April 11, 2019 Updates:
- New Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa from 16 November 2019: closes the Subclass 489 (Skilled – Regional (Provisional)) visa (Subclass 489) and Subclass 489 is superseded by Subclass 491.
- New Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) visa from 16 November 2019: closes the Subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme) visa, except for certain transitional cohorts. Subclass 187 is superseded by Subclass 494
- New Subclass 191 (Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional)) visa for persons who hold a Subclass 491 or a Subclass 494 visa at the time of application from 16 November 2022.
Some key facts:
- Holders of the new skilled regional provisional visas will need to live and work in regional Australia.
- Visas will be granted with a validity period of up to five years.
- Holders of the new skilled regional provisional visas will be able to apply for a Permanent Residence visa.
- The Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa will commence in November 2022.
- To be eligible for permanent residence, holders of the new skilled regional provisional visas will need to demonstrate they have lived and worked in regional Australia for three years while holding one of the new Skilled Regional Provisional visa.
How Does This Impact You?
- Current visa holders (skilled and regional) won’t be affected by the changes.
- Visa applications lodged prior to November 2019 will continue to be processed as normal.
- There will be no impact on the permanent residence of current permanent visa holders.
Benefits of The New Regional Visas
The new regional visas will benefit employers in regional areas, in which there will be more occupations available for them to nominate and sponsor. Fyi, the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa will have access to over 450 more occupations than closest non-regional equivalent visa, and the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa will have access to over 70 more occupations than the closest non-regional equivalent visa. Consequently, applicants will have more options in regards of the occupations available for them based on their skills and specifications. Applicants will also have an extra five points in their skilled visa points if they’re willing to settle in regional areas.