Major Shake-Up to Regional Visas

Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa to be replaced by Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa on 16 November 2019. Like the 489 visa, the 491 will be a points-based regional visa requiring sponsorship by a state, territory or family.

Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) to be replaced, in part, by Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa. Like the 187/RSMS visa, this will be a regional employer-sponsored visa, however unlike the 187/RSMS visa, it will only be a temporary visa.

Both visas will have a pathway to permanent residence via the new Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (commencing November 2022) provided applicants have earned a minimum income for at least three years as the holder of a a 491 or 494 visa.

More details to follow…