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:
|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|
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 shortly.
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 labour market conditions before this date.
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 any 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.
Employers interested in nominating overseas workers under the subclass 494 visa need to be an approved Standard Business Sponsor (SBS). Employers can lodge their SBS application now before visa applications open from 16 November 2019.
Existing Standard Business Sponsors can sponsor workers under the subclass 494 from 16 November 2019.
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