A Regional Visa is required for individuals who want to live and work outside of big cities in Australia. If you want to work in ‘Cities and Major Regional Centres’ of Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong and Hobart, you will need to acquire a Regional Visa Australia and must be sponsored by your employer. Our migration agents can help determine which type of regional visa best suits your application and desire to live and work in Australia. For more information, please speak to our team on [email protected] or at 1800 449 858.
Choosing the type of Regional Visa when hiring overseas skilled employees may be an arduous process if you do not know the details of each regional visa subclass and if you have no idea how to apply for a Visa Sponsorship. Since applying for Regional Visa is a complicated process that involves various specifications and agreements and is only applicable to certain individuals who meet prior or existing qualifications, you will need the expert advice of Migration Agents in Australia. Get in touch with Interstaff’s team of licensed and experienced Migration Agents by filling up the form below. Interstaff has helped thousands of individuals and families migrate to Australia since 1988. We can help you come to Australia under a regional visa.
Join Interstaff’s Sheila Woods as we explore all things about Regional Visa Australia and how this can help you live and work in Australia for up to 5 years. This Q&A series discusses DAMAs, state the prerequisites of Regional Visas, as well as compare other visa options and pathways to come to Australia.
Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA’s) is an agreement between the Department of Home Affairs and a Regional State or Territory authority that serves as an alternative option to sponsor overseas workers to come and work in regional Australia up until 5 years. Employers must apply to the Department of Home Affairs for a Labour Agreement under the terms of the DAMA [agreement] and must apply the particular occupations they need and the concessions that they wish to take advantage of. Under a DAMA, employers have access to different skilled occupations which may not be accessible to other semi-skilled occupations (such as a personal care assistant or bar supervisor) which is the case for the Standard Visa program.
If you are a business that requires hiring overseas skilled employees, here’s what you need to know in a 4-minute explainer video about how you can take advantage of DAMA and sponsor employees applying for a regional visa.
The new Regional 494 Visa Australia provides businesses in Perth, the Gold Coast and regional/remote areas greater flexibility to sponsor overseas skilled employees with a direct pathway to Permanent Residence (PR). The application process for 494 Visa Australia requires mandatory Skills Assessment and Regional Certifying Body (RCB) approval along with the 494 visa nomination and visa sponsorship. Here’s what you need to know about the new Regional 494 Visa in a 5-minute explainer video.
Since the 482 Visa replaced the 457 Visa in 2018, employees with an occupation on the Short Term list of the TSS 482 Visa have had very limited options for Permanent Residency. Under the new 494 Regional Visa, holders have more opportunities to apply Permanent Residence (PR) under visa subclass 191. This is especially advantageous for individuals where the skills required would only previously be available under the short term stream of the 482 Visa. Find out more in our 3-minute explainer video.
The new 494 Regional Visa Australia now provides businesses in Perth, the Gold Coast and regional/remote areas greater flexibility to sponsor overseas talent and retain future employees. While the 482 Visa Australia has only 216 occupations that are eligible for permanent residence, all 650 occupations under the 494 Visa Australia can apply for permanent residence. How does 494 Visa Australia compare to the commonly used 482 Visa? Which is more advantageous for the employer of the visa sponsor? Here are our insights in a 5-minute explainer video.
Sheila Woods is the Managing Director of Interstaff and a Registered Migration Agent with more than 15 years experience in the migration industry. With an extensive understanding of the Australian immigration system, Sheila partners with employers to advise on global mobility matters for corporate migration projects, complex case work and labour agreement negotiations.
Interstaff is an established migration consultancy specialising in skilled migration matters for the resource industry and businesses and has been operating for over 30 years since 1988. MARN: 0533879.
Please note, this series is intended to provide general information only – current at the time of first publication. The contents do not constitute migration advice. Migration advice should be sought for your particular matters so that your personal circumstances can be considered. In Australia, Registered Migration Agents must operate under the Code of Conduct.
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