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Australia's new skilled Regional visas to open on November 16, 2019- Find out the latest updates

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 05, Oct 2019

visas default image Australia's two new Skilled Regional Visas will be open for the applications from 16th November 2019. These new visas will replace the two of the existing regional visas, i.e.Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa Subclass 489 and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) - Direct Entry stream. Australian government has also announced some key changes in its points system from November 16 onwards. Let's find out the latest update about the new skilled visas.

New Skilled Visas of Australia

The new skilled visas opening for application on 16th November 2019 will encourage the regional migration and replace below two existing regional visa subclasses:

New Regional Visa Replaces Visa Subclass
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) - first provisional stream
Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) - Direct Entry stream

Key Advantages of new regional visas

Find below the key benefits of the new skilled regional visas:
  • Priority processing of regional visa applications
  • Incentives for migrants to stay in regional parts of Oz longer term as they build ties through workforce and community participation
  • Visa holder can apply for permanent residence without a second nomination stage, if eligible, through the subclass 191 visa (commences 16 November 2022)
  • Relatively lesser cost to employers with only one SAF levy stage for the subclass 494 nomination (compared to the 2 stages for the current subclass 482 to ENS subclass 186 permanent resident pathway)
  • Additional points available to subclass 491 visa applicants
  • Wider range of occupations available compared to non-regional pathways
  • Extended and constant classification of regional areas
Also read- Visas Avenue Obtained High Number of Australian Visa Approvals Between April and June 2019

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa is closing on 16th November

As per the announcement from Australian government, the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Direct Entry (DE) stream visa will close to new applications from November 16, 2019.

Hence, the employers/agents of this visa, who intend to lodge RSMS nomination and visa applications under the direct entry stream require submitting a request for valuation by a relevant Regional Certifying Body (RCB) with regards to local labour market conditions prior to the closing date.

Points to remember from 16th November 2019

  • The candidates and immigration aspirants will not be adversely affected by the changes to 6D points for Points Tested visas. Changes will come into effect on 16 November 2019.
  • SkillSelect system will automatically update points for all Expressions of Interests (EOIs) in submitted This will not change the 'date of effect' for any EOI.
  • However points will not be updated by SkillSelect if any EOI is in draft status as no points have been attributed at this stage.
  • Systems operation is still being developed and any information required by applicants will be provided in future.

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Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.


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