New skilled regional provisional visas in November 2019
There will be a condition though – migrants must live and work in regional Australia.
Sponsorship by employers, government or family members
The two new visas will be the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa and the Skilled Worker Regional (Provisional) visa. The sponsors in each instance will be:
- Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa: For people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia.
- Skilled Worker Regional (Provisional) visa: For people nominated by a State or Territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member to live and work in regional Australia.
Visa holders must live and work in regional Australia
Australia is battling with surging house prices and congestion in their cities. As such, Immigration Australia is looking to settle more migrants in regional Australia.
This is why migrants who’ll apply for the new visas will have to live and work in regional Australia. Visa holders will only be able to apply for permanent residence after at least three in regional Australia.
Please note: As of November, the definition of regional Australia will look different than it does today. You can read more about this on our blog.
Hundreds of occupations are eligible
Based on current eligible skilled occupation lists, the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa will have almost 700 eligible occupations. The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa will have over 500 eligible occupations.
Assessments only available closer to the time
Intergate Emigration cannot assess you for the two new visas yet. We’ll only be able to do this when the visas come into effect, after all the qualifying criteria have been announced. However, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to be assessed for any other skilled visas.
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