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New Subclass 491 Visa will Boost Australian Regional Skilled Immigration

November 2019, 21
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New Subclass 491 Visa will Boost Australian Regional Skilled Immigration
The subclass 491 visa, which is the latest points-based visa launched by Australia substituting a subclass 489 visa, is portion of the reforms that are fixed to take place in Australia immigration in the following few months.

Introduction of Subclass 491 Visa

The latest subclass 491 visa was launched by substituting the subclass 489 visa, which was formed out in Nov 2019. 10 September 2019, was the final day for the Territory and State governments in Australia to nominate and announce invitations to appellants for the Subclass 489 visa

The candidates who are invited to apply for a 489 visa were granted time to provide their applications till 15 Nov 2019. From 16 Nov 2019 onwards, applicants are permitted to lodge EOIs for the latest Subclass 491 visa. From this date, state & territory governments are permitted to nominate and announce invitations for a subclass 491 visa.

The subclass 491 visa, a points-based visa, intends to promote immigration to the Australian regional areas. Those with a suitable skilled professional work experience, nominated by a territory/ state or sponsored by a suitable family member living in a nominated regional area may appeal for a subclass 491 visa. These criteria are similar to the older subclass 489 visa. Australian regional areas, it indicates all of Australia excluding Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Gold Coast, and Brisbane.

Eligibility Criteria

To be suitable to apply for a subclass 491 visa, an individual must have:

  • A relevant profession on a skilled profession list
  • A suitable skills evaluation done for the profession
  • Pass the points examination
  • Age must be under 45 years
  • Satisfactory level of English language ability
  • Provide an EOI through SkillSelect
  • Be nominated by a territory or state government or sponsored by a suitable relative
  • Meet the requirements of health & character for Australia migration.

Australian regional migration is likely to take the core stage in Australia in the following years and the government is taking many factual steps to improve the same.

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