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18Apr
visa Changes effective from 17th April 2019

Changes effective from 17th April 2019

1.Commencement of the Temporary Sponsored Parent visa application
2.The sponsored person for temporary parent visa must have minimum household of $83,454.80, be an eligible Australian citizen, PR or an eligible New Zealand citizen and the sponsored person must not have any debts to Commonwealth and public health costs.
3.Change in the point tested system that are yet to be assessed

Changes effective from 16th November 2019

1.Subclass 491 visa is a point tested visa. It is a provisional visa allowing the applicants to live and work in Australia for a period of five years. The sponsorship can be from the state/ territory or by an eligible family relative residing in the specified regional area. The relative has to be an Australian Citizen, Permanent residence or an eligible New Zealand Citizen who has been residing in the designated regional area.  

4.Subclass 494 is an employer sponsored visa. It can be are Employer sponsored and Labour Agreement stream. It is very similar to subclass   482 with some additional requirements. The applicant needs to have three years of work experience in the nominated occupation to be eligible to apply for this visa subclass    and prove the Competent English skills as well
Subclass 191 will be a permanent residence visa and to apply for this visa subclass you need to satisfy the salary requirements for three years, you must have been resided in the regional area and hold a subclass 494 or subclass 491 for at least three years.

Changes in the Points tested system:

The new tested system is applicable to the new visa subclass 491 and also for the applicants for a subclass 189,190 and 489 which are yet to be assessed under the points tested.

Subclass Schedule 6D to the Migration Regulations is amended to award:

  • 15 points for nomination by a State or Territory government agency or sponsorship by a family member residing in regional Australia, to live and work in regional Australia;
  • 10 points for a skilled spouse or de facto partner
  • 10 points for certain Subclass   Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) qualifications
  • 5 points for a spouse or de facto partner with ‘competent English’
  • 10 points for applicants without a spouse or de facto partner

Processing of the invitation priority are as follows:

  • First – primary applicants with a skilled spouse or de facto partner
  • Equal First – primary applicants without a spouse or de facto partner
  • Second – Primary applicants with a spouse or de facto partner who can demonstrate competent English, but does not have the skills for skilled partner points (age and skills)
  • Third – Primary applicants with a partner who is ineligible for either competent English or Skilled partner points. These applicants will be ranked below all other cohorts, if all other points claims are equal

Changes in the definition of regional areas or regional area restrictions (including movement):

All the regional provisional visa will have the condition to work and live in regional Australia for at least three years and need to meet the annual salary threshold for the period.

1.At commencement of the new regional visas, it is intended that any area excluding Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Perth will be designated as a regional area

Regional visa holders may live in any designated regional area and can move between designated regional areas.