The Department of Home Affairs has introduced two new visas Subclass 494 and 491 which will come into effect this November 2019. The new visas will replace the existing Subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme) visa and Subclass 489 (Skilled Regional Provisional) visa effectively
November 2019.

The new Subclass 494 visa will let employers hire skilled foreign workers via Employer-Sponsored and Labour Agreements.

The new Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa is a point-based visa for applicants sponsored by a State or territory government agency or sponsored by a family member residing in a designated regional area.

The new visa will hold a lot of similarities to its predecessor however the main point of differences would be in the visa validity period being 5 years which will enforce the government’s intention for the visa holders to live, work and study only in the regional areas.

Want to live in Sydney but don’t possess the required points?

For people interested in New South Wales, the Hunter and Illawarra regions will be awarded regional status for at least the first three years. This will be great news for potential applicants who want to live close to Sydney but need extra points that can be gained by applying for regional sponsorship. Both the Hunter and Illawarra regions are only 1.5 hours away from Sydney!

The Department of Home Affairs have stated the skilled migration points test will also change from November 16, 2019.

Our team at Valet Migration understands keeping in check with new changes can be hectic and confusing for a lot of migrants. However, our professional team of Registered Migration Agents is readily available to help you and assist you to lodge a successful submission and provide you the right guidance throughout the application process. Show your interest today with our online assessment form.