Skilled Regional Visa Transition Update

Ahead of the pack up to the presentation of the new Skilled Regional visas in November, Immigration has declared further subtleties on the execution dates for the 491 and 494 visas, and transitional courses of action for Subclass 489 and RSMS visas.




Lodgement due dates

Above all, Immigration exhorts that the last date to be welcomed for a Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa will be 10 September 2019. The last date to then hotel an application dependent on a welcome would be 15 November 2019.

Regional WorkThe last date to hold up a Subclass 187 Regional Skilled Migration Scheme assignment or visa through the immediate passage stream will likewise be 15 November. Any immediate passage RSMS selections not finished by 16 November will be naturally pulled back except if the comparing visa application has likewise been held up.

The RSMS impermanent living arrangement transitional stream will stay open to certain 457 visa holders qualified through 'grandfathering' arrangements, and the individuals who held or had connected for a 482 visa preceding 20 March 2019.

Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa candidates won't be influenced by these changes.

Provincial Area Definition

The meaning of 'provincial Australia' will be disentangled to incorporate anyplace outside of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and Perth. Movement will give a rundown of postcodes to help candidates to decide if their region falls into the above metropolitan zones or on the off chance that it is satisfactory for provincial relocation.

Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa

It will be conceivable to hold up an Expression of Interest for this visa from 16 November 2019, and States/Territories will likewise have the option to select and welcome candidates from this date.

This is intended to supplant the Subclass 489 visa, with both the State/Territory and Family supported pathways accessible. This visa will be legitimate for a long time, with various consistence conditions including the necessity for all relatives to live, work and concentrate just in an assigned local region, and to inform Immigration of any reportable changes inside 14 days. Migration can likewise solicit visa holders to give proof from their exercises or go to a meeting. Inability to conform to these conditions can prompt visa scratch-off as well as loss of a pathway to lasting residency.

Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa

The Subclass 494 visa procedure reflects the one for TSS applications as there should be a Business Sponsorship (or Labor Agreement), and a Nomination either affirmed or submitted before a visa application can be held up.

From 16 November 2019, organizations with a current SBS will most likely utilize this present sponsorship to designate workers and cabin the relating subclass 494 visa application.

Designation applications must incorporate proof that Labor Market Testing has been attempted, just as guidance from a Regional Certifying Body affirming that the market rate is adequate for the neighborhood. A Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) demand is payable. Candidates must be under 45 years old, and hold a fruitful skill appraisal at the season of lodgement.

Once without a doubt, the visa will be legitimate for a long time with the equivalent provincial consistence conditions as the 491 visa. Holders are additionally qualified for Medicare, so private health care coverage isn't required.

Visa holders will likewise be liable to a work impediment condition like the TSS visa, in that they are just ready to work for their assigning boss. Should this business stop, the holder has 90 days to locate another support or to leave Australia.

Changeless residency pathway

Vagrants who hold a Subclass 491 or 494 visas must stay on these visas in a territorial region for in any event 3 years before they can be considered for some other skilled visa. This incorporates applications for other GSM visas (189, 190), Employer Nomination Scheme, and Business visas. What's more, candidates are banished from applying for an inland Partner visa until the 3-year living arrangement necessity is met.

So as to be qualified for the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa, candidates must meet the 3-year living arrangement prerequisite, alongside proof that they have earned a base assessable pay for a long time as the holder of a provincial temporary visa (add up to be affirmed) and have agreed to the states of their 491 or 494 visa.

Changed GSM focuses test

The current GSM focuses test will be refreshed on 16 November, giving Skilled visa candidates extra focuses as pursues:


  • Selection by state or region government or sponsorship by a qualified relative to live and work in a predefined/assigned region - 15 points (at present 10)
  • A Masters certificate by research or a Doctorate qualification from an Australian instructive organization that included at any rate two scholarly years in an important STEM field - 10 (as of now 5)
  • Accomplice skill capabilities - 10 (as of now 5)
  • Join forces with able English yet not qualified for Partner skill capabilities focuses - 5 (at present nil)
  • Single candidates (no accomplice) - 10 points (right now nil)


Our Advice

Transients keen on applying for the Subclass 489 visa must guarantee they can stop an EOI at the earliest opportunity, as there are presently just 2 months staying for his visa pathway (solicitations must be issued by 10 September 2019). This incorporates having a positive skill appraisal and equipped level English at least.

Numerous skill evaluating bodies and state assignment bodies have protracted preparing times, so it is indispensable to check if the 10 September due date is sensible. We ask potential candidates to book a meeting arrangement at the earliest opportunity to decide the most ideal route forward.

So also, vagrants and organizations keen on an immediate section RSMS visa ought to promptly begin taking a gander at the RCB, Nomination, and Visa application prerequisites. Provincial Certifying Bodies frequently have extraordinary or extra necessities to those set out by Immigration, including the requirement for Labor Market Testing (promoting the job) in set areas and for set timeframes.

Individuals keen on the new 491 or 494 visa can begin chip away at skill appraisals and English language testing now, with the end goal of setting up an application soon after the initiation date.

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