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Subclass 489 to Subclass 491 Visa- Latest update on the Transitional Arrangements

Posted - 16, Jul 2019

Department of Home Affairs Australia recently announced that Subclass 489 visa will be replaced by the new the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa subclass 491. Now, more updates have come with regards to transition of subclass 489 in to new Subclass 491 visa.

The information we had already is that the existing Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa subclass 489 will terminate on 15 November 2019, at 11:59 pm. Let's find out some important dates with regards to this transition.

  • September 10, 2019
Tuesday, 10th September 2019 will be the last day for states and territory governments to nominate the candidates and for issuance of invitations to an interested migrant for the Subclass 489 visa.
  • November 15, 2019
Friday, 15th November 2019 will be the last day for candidates, who have been invited to apply for a subclass 489 visa to submit an application for the subclass 489 visa.
  • November 16, 2019
From Saturday, 16th November 2019, intending immigrants can submit an EOI for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa subclass 491. From this date, the state and territory governments can nominate the eligible candidates. Also, the invitations can be issued to an intending migrant for a subclass 491 visa.
Also read- Australia's New Skilled Regional Visa Subclass 491 to replace Subclass 489 Visa- Find details

Three New Regional Category visas announced by Australia

Couple of months back, Australian government had announced three new visas, including the Subclass 491 visa.

Find Below the three new visas announced by the government:

  • Regional Provisional Skilled Work Subclass 491-(Will take Effect from November 16, 2019)
This will be a point based visa nominated by a state or territory government agency. This visa can also be sponsored by a family member living in the designated regional area. This particular visa will be for the 5 years, with a number of conditions including the obligation for all family members to live, work and study only in a designated regional area, and to notify the authorities of any reportable changes within 14 days.
  • Employer Sponsored Regional Subclass 494 Visa- (Will take Effect from November 16, 2019)
The particular Visa will support the regional Australia employers to hire the foreign skilled workers. This visa will be under the Labour and Employer-Sponsored Agreement.The visa will be allotted for 5 years with the same regional conditions as the 491 visa. The holder of this particular visa also eligible for Medicare, hence, the private health insurance is not needed.
  • Skilled Regional Subclass 191 Permanent Residence Visa-(Will take Effect from November 16, 2022)
Unlike the above two regional visas, Subclass 191 is a permanent residence visa. Also, the first two will be implemented from this year only as mentioned above, however, Subclass 191 visa will take effect after 3 years, i.e. in 2022. Subclass 191 visa aims to offer permanent residency pathway to people who decides to settle in regional part of Australia. In order to be eligible for the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa, applicants must meet the 3-year residence requirement as a holder of regional provisional visa and have fulfilled with the conditions of 491 or 494 visa.

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