FastVisa's Skilled Migration News Roundup - April 2019
By APSCo Australia Member, FastVisa
When it comes to Australian skilled migration, nothing stands still. Australia’s Government presented the 2019/20 Budget on 2 April 2019, and as always there were several changes impacting Australian immigration.
Here, we bring you a quick roundup of the key changes, including amendments to the skilled migration points test from November 2019, new regional visas proposed for November 2019 and a 12 month extension on the Temporary Graduate 485 Visa for regional graduates from 2021.
Let’s explore further...
Skilled migration points test changes
From 1 November 2019, the skilled migration points test will be adjusted to award extra points to applicants where their partner has competent English but cannot meet the other requirements for skilled partner points. Single applicants will also be awarded additional points to ensure they are not disadvantaged, but there are no details yet on how these points will be gained.
New regional visas from 1 November 2019
Australia’s government is keen to attract migrants to regional areas. As we mentioned previously, the Department of Home Affairs has announced a proposal to introduce three new visas aimed at encouraging migrants to live in Australia’s regional areas.
- The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) and Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visas have been proposed from 1 November 2019,
- A permanent skilled regional visa has been proposed for November 2022,
- The current Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme 187 Visa and Skilled Regional 489 Visa will be discontinued, and;
- ‘Enhanced’ compliance activities will also be implemented for these visas.
The definition of 'regional' includes anywhere outside of Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
These new regional visas proposed for November 2019 will not impact migrants who already hold Australian visas. Applications lodged before November 2019 will continue to be processed as normal and there will be no impact on the permanent residence of current permanent visa holders.
Extension of Temporary Graduate 485 visa for regional graduates
From 2021, international students who complete their studies in regional Australia and continue to live in regional Australia on their Temporary Graduate 485 Visa will have the opportunity to apply for a further 12 month post-study work visa, extending their graduate visa to 3 years.