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Australia to launch two new Regional Visas in November 2019

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 29, Mar 2019

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Australian government has announced to introduce two new regional categories towards the end of this year. These new provisional visas will be focused on skilled migrants and their dependent family members aspiring to live and work in the land down under. Recently, the government is emphasizing on directing the newcomers to regional parts of the country to lower the burden on big Oz cities like Melbourne and Sydney.

Which are two New Regional Visa Categories?

Here are the two new skilled regional provisional visas to be introduced in November 2019:
  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa: This particular visa will be for the people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia.
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa: This visa category will be for people, who are nominated by Australia's State or Territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member to live and work in regional part of Australia.
As both these visas are regional visa, the holder of these visas will have to live and work in regional part of Australia. Also, above new Regional visas are the provisional visas, which will be issued by the government for 5 years.

Condition to apply for Permanent residency

The holder of these two visas will be able to apply for a Permanent Residence visa. The Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa will start later in November 2022. However, such visa holders will need to show that they have lived and worked in regional Australia, on any of these two new Skilled Regional Provisional visa.

What are the key benefits of new skilled Regional Visas?

The employers in the regional parts of Australia will have the access to extra regional occupations to sponsor skilled immigrants and priority processing of the applications for regional visa.
  • Regional employers, as well as State and Territory governments, who sponsor regional skilled migrants will have access to more occupations than similar non-regional visas.
  • Depending on present occupation lists, the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa will have access to over 450 more occupations than similar non-regional comparable visa, and the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa will have access to over 70 more occupations than the closest non-regional equivalent visa.
  • Priority processing arrangements will be expanded to cover all visa applications sponsored by regional employers as well as other visa applicants who will live and work in regional Australia.
  • 5 extra points for regional nomination or sponsorship provide an extra incentive for potential migrants to consider settling in regional Australia.

What are Changes to existing visas?

The launching of new regional visas towards the end of the year will not affect the individuals, who already hold standing visas. The applications submitted before November 2019 will continue to be processed as normal. There won't be any effect on the permanent residence of existing PR visa holders.

Applying PR in Australia through State nominated or Non Sponsored visa?

If you wish to apply PR visa in Australia this year through most appropriate skilled visa category, you may get your eligibility status checked by a trusted immigration expert at Visas Avenue Immigration.

You can get your points checked by expert on Australia immigration point calculator and accordingly, the immigration expert at Visas Avenue will decide, which program is suitable for you to apply visa.

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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.

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