Department of Home Affairs Australia recently announced that Subclass 489 visa will be replaced by the new the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa subclass 491. Now, more updates have come with regards to transition of subclass 489 in to new Subclass 491 visa.
The Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa is a points-tested visa for applicants sponsored by a State or Territory government agency or sponsored by a family member residing in a designated regional area.
These changes are relevant to the existing Subclass 489,189 and 190 as well as the new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 visa, which will also start on November 16, 2019.
The 491 is a five-year visa. You can access permanent residence through the Subclass 191 (Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional)) visa when the following is met:
10 September 2019
November 2019 will be the last day for candidates, who have been invited to apply for a subclass 489 visa to submit an application for the subclass 489 visa.
15 November 2019
Friday, 15th November 2019 will be the last day for candidates, who have been invited to apply for a subclass 489 visa to submit an application for the subclass 489 visa.
16 November 2019
From Saturday, 16th November 2019, intending immigrants can submit an EOI for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa subclass 491. From this date, the state and territory governments can nominate the eligible candidates. Also, the invitations can be issued to an intending migrant for a subclass 491 visa.
Overall these changes in the subclass 491 visa offer increased opportunities for skilled migrants in regional Australia. The new visa is going to make it more attractive to migrate to regional Australia, especially for those who want to live in Regional Western Australia and Queensland.
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