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Australia Immigration Rule Changes in 2020

If you are applying for Australian visa in 2020, you must know the process requirements and rule changes applicable this year. Australia has got the quite straight forward and point based system for immigration and allocating permanent residency to the skilled and talented people from overseas.

In last few months, the Australian government has employed few vital change in the visa rules and process requirements, which will be applicable this year as well.

Here are some key Australia immigration rule Changes applicable in 2020:

Key Changes applicable to Australia’s immigration point system

With effect from November 16, 2019, following changes will be implemented in Australia’s Immigration point Calculator 2020:

  • 10 points for having a skilled spouse or de facto partner
  • 15 Points for applicants nominated by a State or Territory government or sponsored by a family member residing in regional Australia
  • 10 points –for having certain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)¬†qualifications
  • 10 points for applicants who do not have a spouse or de facto partner
  • 5 Points – for applicants with a spouse or de facto partner who has competent English¬†

Other Important Australia Immigration Rule Changes applicable in 2020

Schedule 1 Changes: A news killed work Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 491 has been introduced w.e.f. November 16, 2019 with following features:

  • Introduction of the new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491), a new and enhanced points-tested visa to benefit regional parts of Australia, for candidates nominated by a state or territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible family member living in a designated regional area
  • Removal of the Subclass 489¬†(Skilled ‚Äď Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 489) has been removed and replaced by Subclass 491 visa.

Schedule 2 Changes:

  • Introduction of the Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) visa (Subclass 494), a new and improved employer-sponsored visa to benefit regional Australia, with 2 key streams: Employer Sponsored and Labour Agreement;
  • Brings employers seeking to employ foreign workers on a Subclass 494 visa under the sponsorship regime for employers in the Migration Act (Division 3A of Part 2 of the Migration Act); and
  • Removal of the Subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme) visa, except for certain transitional cohorts. Subclass 187 has been removed and replaced by Subclass 494 visa.

Schedule 3 changes:

  • Introduction of a new PR visa Subclass 191 (Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional)) visa (Subclass 191) from¬†16 November 2022
  • provide that the new Subclass 191 may only be applied for by holders of the new Subclass 491 and Subclass 494 visa

To know more details or clarification about the rule changes above, you can e-mail your queries our Australia immigration expert at 

Apply Australia PR this year through the Certified Australia Migration Expert

If you want to apply Skilled visa, Study visa, Visit visa, etc. in Australia or wish to apply Australian PR visa in 2020, through the guidance of certified and vastly experienced Australia migration experts, you may get in touch with Visas Avenue- the top and trusted Australia Immigration Consultant in India.

You may call Visas Avenue migration experts on Toll Free Number- 78-18-000-777. Moreover, to get your eligibility checked and subsequently, receive a call from the expert, you may fill the free assessment form.


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