[Australia Weekly Migration News 67 issue]

Since the new Skilled Regional Visa (SRV) has been officially commenced on 16/11/2019, Australian States Nomination applications have gradually reopened and started accepting applications for sc491 visa.

As of 2nd Dec, four States have opened Nomination application, namely:

Victoria – open

Applications for Victorian nomination under the Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional visa program opened on 18 November 2019. It is free to lodge a Victorian nomination application.

Western Australia – open

The Timeline of Transitional Arrangements on the Living in Western Australia website give 21 November 2019 as the start date for the Subclass 489 invitations

Tasmania – open

All state nominated applications opened on 16 November 2019 including Subclass 491 Skilled Regional Work visas. Applications will incur a $220 fee including GST.

Queensland – open

The Queensland State Nomination Skilled Program has opened today, 25 November 2019 for the Subclass 491 Skilled Regional Work and Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visas. However, due to too many applications, the State application for the 190 visa was closed temporarily again on November 26th, only opened one day; 491 nomination is still open. And Queensland has adjusted its occupation list, removing many popular occupations.

Please do not submit your EOI if your occupation has been removed from the relevant list as it will not be picked up.

South Australia

State nomination applications for the Subclass 491 Skilled Regional Work and Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visas will be open first week in December 2019.

Northern Territory

Applications for Subclass 491 Skilled Regional Work and Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visas will reopen on 9 December 2019. A nomination fee will be applied from that date.

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT is defined as regional for skilled migration purpose from 16 November 2019. While potential applicants can complete the Home Affairs SkillSelect EOI from this date, the Subclass 491 Canberra Matrix can only be submitted from 1 January 2020. Eligibility criteria will be available from 28 November 2019.

New South Wales

No announcement at this time.

Applications for each state are limited and competition is fierce. Please Make sure you have all documents ready to upload before submitting an EOI. If you want to update information mid-way, it will change the queue order and significantly slow down processing time. If you are not sure about the new visa requirement and do not want to miss the opportunity, it is best to find a professional migration agent to assist in completing the application.

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