Australian Immigration News and Migration Updates by Seekvisa Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers.
Two new skilled regional visas will open to applications on 16 November 2019. These new visas will promote regional migration and replace two existing subclasses:
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)||Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) – first provisional stream|
|Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)||Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) – Direct Entry stream|
The minimum taxable income for the subclass 494 and 191 visa will be set at the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) unless concessions are agreed (such as in relation to a DAMA). TSMIT is currently $53,900.
We will provide more information about the new skilled regional visas as we receive them.
The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Direct Entry (DE) stream visa will close to new applications from 16 November 2019. Employers/migration agents who intend to lodge RSMS nomination and visa applications under the DE stream should submit a request for assessment by a relevant Regional Certifying Body (RCB) regarding local labour market conditions before this date.
Applicants and intending migrants will not be disadvantaged by the changes to 6D points for Points Tested visas. These come into effect on 16 November 2019.
SkillSelect will automatically update points for all Expressions of Interest (EOI) in submitted status. This will not change the ‘date of effect’ for any EOI.
SkillSelect will not update points for any EOIs in draft status as no points have been attributed at this stage.
Systems functionality is still being developed and any information required by agents will be provided in due course.
The next update to Australia’s skilled migration occupation lists is scheduled to be announced in March 2020.
Further information is available on the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business website.
If you would like to process your visa application through Seekvisa, the best way to start is to have a consultation with one of our experienced registered migration agents.
India, Nepal, and Pakistan are among the higher risk countries and Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Hungary, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa are now considered ‘low risk’ for an Australian Student visa.
The department of Immigration uses a combined evidence level of the student’s education provider and country of citizenship to determine whether the student needs to provide evidence of financial and English language capacity with their student visa application.
A steady flow of labour agreement, nomination and visa applications are coming through from DAMA regions.
There are 7 DAMAs in effect supporting regional outcomes:
Visa applications for DAMA occupations with no skills and experience concessions, and normally available through the skilled migration program, will continue to have their skills assessed by the assessing authority indicated in the relevant legislation.
|9 August 2019||Invitations to apply for State nomination will be issued. This will be your last opportunity to be invited to apply for State nomination under a 489 visa.|
|29 August 2019||A decision ready application for State nomination under a 489 visa must be lodged. Any extra supporting evidence requested by WA Migration Services must also be submitted by this date.|
|30 August 2019||Invitation links to apply for WA State nomination under a 489 visa will expire.|
|5 September 2019||If your 489 WA State nomination application has been approved, your State Nomination Agreement must be signed and returned to WA Migration Services by this date.|
|6 September 2019||WA Migration Services will finalise all nominations for approved applications in SkillSelect.|
|11 September 2019||The 489 visa will no longer be an option available in SkillSelect. No new EOIs can be lodged under this visa subclass.|
|15 November 2019||Applicants will have until 11.59 pm to lodge a 489 visa application with Home Affairs.|
|16 November 2019||Candidates can commence lodging new EOIs in SkillSelect for the 491 visa option.|
|21 November 2019||Invitations to apply for WA State nomination under the new 491 visa will commence.|
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