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14Nov
visa Changes effective from November 16th for Australian visa sub classes

As we all are aware, there are many changes to different visa subclasses that are going to be implemented from 16th November 2019.

Some of the major changes are the introduction of two new provisional visa subclass having a wide range of eligible occupations and the introduction of the new points system allowing the applicants to score a minimum of 65 points to lodge the EOI (Expression of Interest)

Below we have summarised all the changes that are going to be implemented from 16th November

  1. Introduction of the new skilled work regional provisional visa subclass 491, which lets the applicant stay, and work in regional Australia for a period of five years with their family. As per the new points system, you need to have a minimum score of 65 points to lodge the EOI (Expression of Interest).
  2. Introduction of the new skilled Employer-sponsored provisional visa which lets the applicant stay and work for sponsored employer for a period of five years. The sponsored employer has to be in the designated regional area to sponsor and nominate.
  3. Introduction of the new points system for the general skilled migration ( subclass 189, subclass 190 and subclass 491)
  4. The changes in the definition of the regional system to all of Australia except Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The postcodes of the regional system have been divided further into “ Cities and Major Regional Centres” and “ Regional centres and other Regional areas” for each of the Australian state or territory, including Norfolk Island and other territories.
  5. Changes in the priority processing of the application
  6. Changes to the post-study work rights for the international students who studied in the regional University allowing them to stay and work in Australia for a period of three years after completion of their qualification.
  7. The applicants who have lived and worked in regional Australia holding a subclass 491 or a subclass 494 for a period of three years and has earned a minimum threshold salary income, can apply for a permanent new visa subclass 191 which will be in effect from November 2022.
  8. Abolishment of the subclass 489 and subclass 187 under the Direct Entry Stream
  9. For applicants who are the current holder of a subclass 457 or subclass 482 have a transitional arrangement to apply under the subclass 187 Temporary Residence Transition Stream
  10. Changes to the English exemption for the subclass 186 visa under the Temporary Residence Stream (TRT)

Below is the summary of the changes in the points system

  • Additional 5 points if nominated by State/Territory or family member – total 15 points (it is applied only for the visa subclass 491)
  • Additional 5 points for master’s degree by research or a doctorate from an Australian educational institution that includes at least two academic years in a relevant STEM field – Total 10 points
  • Additional 5 points for Partner with skill qualifications – Total 10 points
  • Additional 5 points for Partner with Competent English but no skills qualifications – Total 5 points
  • Extra points for single applicants with no partner – Total 10 points