In an attempt to reduce the congestion in capital cities of Australia, the Department of Home Affairs announced two new skilled regional visas that require skilled workers to live and work in regional Australia for at least three years before being eligible to apply for permanent residency.
The new skilled regional visas which will commence on 16 November 2019 are as follows:
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491)
The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa is for skilled workers who are nominated by a State or Territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member to live and work in Australia. This visa subclass is estimated to have at least 500 eligible occupations. Subclass 491 will replace existing visa Subclass 489 upon commencement.
Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 494)
The Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa is for skilled workers who are sponsored by an employer located in regional Australia. This visa subclass is estimated to have almost 700 eligible occupations. Subclass 494 will replace existing visa Subclass 187 upon commencement.
In November 2019, the Department of Home Affairs will be simplifying the definition a Regional Australia. The new definition of Regional Australia will include the entirety of Australia excluding the following areas:
- Gold Coast
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