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We have been informed that there would be a few important changes which will take effect 16 November 2019.
These changes relate mainly to the following visa subclasses which will be addressed in this newsletter
SUBCLASS 187 REGIONAL SPONSORED MIGRATION SCHEME [RSMS VISA] CHANGES
From 16 November 2019, the department of home affairs will no longer accept any new applications for the SC187 RSMS visa. This visa subclass will cease to exist for new applicants from 16/11/2019.
The department is trying to encourage regional settlement to migrants to grow the economy and business in designated regional areas throughout Australia.
What are your options if you currently hold a Subclass 457 visa or a Subclass 482 visa?
Transitional Subclass 457 visa holders
If you held a Subclass 457 visas on 18 April 2017, or applied for a Subclass 457 visa on 18 April 2017 that was subsequently granted, then you will still be able to apply for the Subclass 187 RSMS visa under the Temporary Residence Transition stream as long as you meet the requirements of the TRT stream at the time of application.
Transitional Subclass 482 visa holders
If you held a Subclass 482 visa in the medium-term stream on 20 March 2019 , or applied for a Subclass 482 visa in the medium-term stream on 20 March 2019, that was subsequently granted, then you will still be able to apply for the Subclass 187 RSMS visa under the Temporary Residence Transition stream as long as you meet the requirements of the TRT stream at the time of application.
For applicants that do not meet the transitional criteria above and who have been offered an employment position in designated regional areas must first apply for a provisional (temporary) visa known as Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) visa [SC494ESR] visa which will be valid for up to 5 years.
From the 16 November 2019 the changes will be as follows:
Designated Regional Areas
NEW SUBCLASS 494 EMPLOYER SPONSORED REGIONAL VISA EXPLAINED
The new SC494ESR visa will be very similar to the overview of the current SC482 Employer Sponsored visa but will have conditions relating to designated regional areas and have transition arrangements into permanent regional employer sponsored streams [aka Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa which only commences on the 16 November 2021
The Subclass 489 Visa will cease to exist from the 16/11/2019.This will be replaced by the Subclass 491 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa which will have two streams namely, State/Territory sponsored and family member residing in designated area sponsored
Since this visa is a points tested visa, applicants must meet the points thresholds for each stream.
Some changes to the skilled points tested visas which will come into effect from 16/11/2019 and be applicable to not only the new Subclass 491 visa, but also benefit the other points tested visas such as Subclass 189 Skilled independent visa and the Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa
Sections of the Migration Regulations 6D to be amended are:
Invitations for points tested visas will be ranked in the following order:
SUBCLASS 191 PERMANENT RESIDENCE (SKILLED REGIONAL) VISA
This Visa subclass will only be available to Subclasses 491 and 494 visa holders at the time of application.
Should you, a family member or a friend require assistance before the changes will take effect please contact us now
Mygration specializes in several areas of visas for Australia. Speak to one of our registered migration agents now and receive real-time advice and assistance for your matter. We look forward to assisting you.
Your Mygration Team