As part of the Government’s new focus on regional skilled migration, two new visas commenced on 16 November 2019. The changes allow visa holders to live and work in ‘Regional Australia’ (any area outside Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane) under a more broad list of occupations, with a direct pathway to Permanent Residence after three years of work in a regional area.
Eligible businesses will also be able to access priority visa processing for their employees. To assist Human Resources teams with managing the impact of these skilled migration changes, we have developed several visa tools below, which you may find helpful.
The Regional 494 Visa is a good alternative to the commonly used 482 TSS Visa because it provides a direct PR pathway for eligible employees in Perth, the Gold Coast and regional/remote areas.
However, applying for a 494 Visa is more complex and time consuming as it requires a mandatory Skills Assessment and approval from a Regional Certifying Body (RCB). Watch our 4 minute explainer video for our insights.
The Regional 494 Visa provides a direct pathway to Permanent Residence (PR) through the Subclass 191 Visa after 3 years of regional work. This is a key benefit compared to the limited PR pathways available through the 482 TSS Visa program.
Businesses outside Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane can access the regional migration program as an alternative PR option for employees. Here’s our insights in a 3 minute explainer video.
While the new 494 Regional Visa now provides businesses in Perth, the Gold Coast and regional/remote areas greater flexibility to sponsor overseas talent, how does it compare to the commonly used TSS 482 Visa?
Here’s our insights in a 5 minute explainer video.
Does your business find it difficult to fill labour shortages in regional areas?
Find out about Australia’s new Regional Skilled Visas, the Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa and the Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional Visa, which commenced on 16 November 2019.
Is a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) available to you?
If your business has labour requirements in regional operations, you may be interested in finding out about DAMA’s being established across Australia.
DAMA’s allow employers to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled visa holders in designated regional areas.
Since 1988, business migration continues to be our area of expertise.
For over 30 years, our team of Registered Migration Agents have been helping businesses successfully engage skilled overseas workers for state and nation-wide projects.
Our depth of experience enables us to assist your business and visa applicants with any complex migration issues that may arise.
Recently at the 2019 WA HR Leadership Summit, Interstaff’s Managing Director and Corporate Migration Specialist Sheila Woods, shared insights on fundamental shifts in Australia’s migration landscape. Sheila presented on the ways in which organisations should re-evaluate their workforce planning in consideration of changes in Australian immigration law and trends.
You can view a summary of Sheila’s presentation here. If you have any questions on how the Regional Skilled Visa changes impact your business, please contact the Interstaff team of Registered Migration Agents on 08 9221 3388 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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