[Australia Weekly Migration News 60 issue]

The Morrison Government’s plan for Australia’s future population will ease the pressure on the big capitals while supporting the growth of those smaller cities and regions that want more people.

The total program is broken down into the following streams:

2019-20 Migration program planning levels:

The two new skilled regional provisional visas introduced in November 2019:

These new regional visas will provide greater incentives for regional employers to nominate skilled workers, including priority processing of applications and access to additional skilled occupations. Based on current eligible skilled occupation lists:

A new permanent visa pathway, the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa, will also be available for holders of the new regional provisional visas in November 2022. Subclass 489 visa holders will continue to be able to access the Subclass 887 (Skilled – Regional) visa which is the permanent pathway visa for this group, subject to satisfying existing criteria.

In November 2019, the definition of Regional Australia for all skilled visas will be simplified and expanded to include all of Australia except for the following metropolitan areas: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Perth. The whole South Australia areas including Adelaide belong to Regional Australia. Therefore, Adelaide will be the preferred choice for future applicants.

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