The immigration authority of Australia has implemented the much-awaited changes in its Points System and has replaced a few existing visa categories with new ones.
The Australian government has introduced 2 new visa subclasses, which are open for new applications since 16th November. These new visas have been introduced to encourage migration to regional areas of Australia.
Following are the 2 new visa subclasses:
Both of the above-listed visas are a replacement for 2 old visas, i.e. Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 489 and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa Subclass 187, respectively.
These new visas are provisional visas and can be changed to permanent visas, but a migrant is required to live and work for at least 3 years in regional Australia before applying for permanent residence visa with a validity of up to five years.
The DHA, also known as the Department of Home Affairs has updated the point system, which came into effect from 16th November 2019.
You can find out the changes listed below:
Perth and the Gold Coast are also reinstated as "regional locations" since 16 November 2019
In a joint media release, the Australian government has confirmed that this additional change will serve as a "key pillar" of its "Population Plan".
The government is aiming to ease out the congestion pressures in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, and to provide attractive destinations and incentives for skilled migrants as well as employers to conduct business, work and live in regional Australia.
As a result, there are going to be additional 2,000 skilled regional visa places, which indicates a rise in the regional cap from 23,000 to 25,000.
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