Australia is one of the world's most highly urbanized countries; it is well known for the
attractions of its large cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.
As of 2012, Australia has an estimated population of over 22 million people.
Australia is the world's 6th largest country by area.
Due to its large size and isolation from the rest of the world, Australia is sometimes
known as the ' island continent' Geographically speaking, Australia is a global anomaly.
The Aussie mainland is the world's largest island and is the only continent to also double
as an island.
With a Master’s degree, good English score and work experience in Australia's skills list,
you can get Australia's residency within a year. Minimum points to apply for Australia
PR Skill Select 189 (points-based) or 190 (State Sponsored Visa) is 65 in 2019-2020.
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:
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
The broader range of occupations available than non-regional pathways Expanded and consistent classification of regional areas
Regional Australia is everywhere except metropolitan Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast
You can move between regions without having to apply for a new regional visa (491 visas only)
Regional areas may include Newcastle, Wollongong, NSW Central Coast, Adelaide, Hobart
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.
We will provide more information about the new skilled regional visas as we receive them.
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa closes 16 November 2019.
The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Direct Entry (DE) stream visa will
close to new applications from 16 November 2019. Employers/migration agents who intend
to lodge RSMS nomination and visa applications under the DE stream should submit a
request for assessment by a relevant Regional Certifying Body (RCB) regarding local
labor market conditions before this date.
New points from November 2019
Applicants and intending migrants will not be disadvantaged by the changes to 6D points
for Points Tested visas. These come into effect on 16 November 2019.
SkillSelect will automatically update points for all Expressions of Interest (EOI)
in submitted status. This will not change the ‘date of effect’ for an EOI.
SkillSelect will not update points for any EOIs in draft status as no points have been
attributed at this stage.
Systems functionality is still being developed and any information required by agents will
be provided in due course.
Skilled Migration Occupations List review to commence: The Department of Employment,
Skills, Small and Family Business regularly reviews the skilled migration occupation
lists to ensure they are responsive to genuine skill needs across Australia.
The next update to Australia’s skilled migration occupation lists is scheduled to be
announced in March 2020.
Further information is available on the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and
Family Business website.
SBS News and Sky News lead widespread coverage that Australia’s annual permanent
migration intake has fallen to the lowest level in over a decade, with a total of 160,323
permanent visas granted in 2018-19 under the Permanent Migration Program, which is
down by 15%. The fall in numbers coincides with the government’s shift towards settling
more migrants in regional Australia and the federal government is planning to address the
issue of low regional employment by setting places aside for skilled foreign workers.
Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 489 to be replaced with Subclass 491 from
16th November 2019- The subclass 489 visa will close from 16 November 2019. The
Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs has announced that the last day for
states and territories to nominate and issue invitations for the subclass 489 applicants will
be 10 September 2019. Some states are progressively closing their subclass 489 Skilled
Regional state nomination program to new applications. Here are the latest state
announcements. New visas from 16 November 2019:
The new 491 visas, Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa will enable eligible skilled workers and their families to live, work and study in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years. Visa holders will be eligible to apply for a Permanent Residence visa after three years. Applicants for this visa must be nominated by: an Australian state or territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area and be invited to apply for the visa, following submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect.
Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa will replace the current 489 visas and commences on November 16, 2019. The 491 visa is a skilled and a point tested visa. It has a 45 year age limit and requires a positive skills assessment.
If you would like to process your visa application through Canada Visa point the best way
to start is to have a consultation with one of our experienced registered migration agents.
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