In preparation to the introduction of the new Skilled Regional visas in November, the Australian government has announced further details on the implementation dates for the 491 and 494 visas, and transitional arrangements for Subclass 489 and RSMS 187 visas.

New Regional Visas with PR pathways
The current subclass 489 visa will close from 16 November 2019. The Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs have announced that the last day for states and territories to nominate and issue invitations for the subclass 489 applicants will be 10 September 2019. Some states are progressively closing their subclass 489 Skilled Regional state nomination program to new applications. Below are the latest state announcements. A new Skilled Worker Regional (Provisional 491) visa will be introduced on 16 November 2019 and this will replace the 489 visa.
The two new regional (provisional) visas are:
Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa: Substituting the current 489 visa and commencing from November 16, 2019 this is a skilled migration (points tested) visa which requires either state government nomination, or sponsorship by an eligible family member who is settled in a designated regional area. The age limit for this visa is 45 and you must have a positive skills assessment.
Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored: Substituting the current 187 (RSMS) visa and commencing from November 16, 2019 this visa requires employer sponsorship and the position must be likely to exist for 5 years. It has a 45-year age limit, competent English, Regional Certified Body (RCB) advice and must meet the Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR). Visa applicants must have a suitable skills assessment and at least 3 years’ skilled employment (unless exempt).
Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional): To meet the requirements of the permanent visa (from November 2022) applicants must have held a subclass 491 or 494 visa for at least 3 years, have complied with the conditions on that visa and have met minimum taxable income requirements.
Extra 1 year visa for international graduates from regional institutions.
A new initiative for an additional Temporary Graduate visa with an extra year of post-study work rights for international students who:
• graduate from the regional campus of a registered university or institution with a higher education or postgraduate qualification; and
• maintain ongoing residence in a regional area while holding their first Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa
The second Temporary Graduate visa will require ongoing residence in a regional area.
The definition of regional Australia for this purpose will be the same as the definition for skilled migration – all of Australia except Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
7 DAMAs signed up to 23 June 2019
Up to now the below regions have signed DAMA agreements with the Department of Immigration:
Far North Queensland DAMA
Goldfields DAMA
Northern Territory DAMA
Orana DAMA
Pilbara DAMA
South Australia DAMA
Warrnambool DAMA
Skilled visa points test (65 Points)
Global Talent – Employer Sponsored program (GTES)
On 8 August 2019 the Government announced it will make the Global Talent program permanent to attract the world’s best and brightest. Australian businesses and start-ups will have streamlined access to the best and brightest talent from around the world with the continuation of the Global Talent – Employer Sponsored program (GTES), formerly the Global Talent Scheme.
The Government recognises there is fierce competition globally for high-tech skills and talent, and that attracting these people helps to transfer skills to Australian workers and grow Australian-based businesses.
The Global Talent Scheme will consist of two components. Established businesses with an annual turnover of more than $4 million and the start up stream explained below.
The visa subclass utilised will be the Temporary Skill Shortage Subclass 482 and permanent residency will be an option after three years employment on that visa.
Western Australia to attract International Students for Skilled Migration


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