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December 3, 2019

The new Subclass 491 visa (Skilled Work Regional Provisional) was introduced on 16th November 2019. This has replaced the Subclass 489 visa program. The Subclass 491 visa is a points tested visa for applicants sponsored by:

a) A designated regional area of an Australian...

March 20, 2019

The Department of Home Affairs have recently updated the occupation lists.

The following occupations have recently been added to the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List  (MLTSSL) for subclasses 187, 482, 186, 189,190, 489 and 485:

arts administrator or manager (AN...

February 11, 2019

Australia’s annual permanent immigration intake continues to remain at the centre of political discussions and proposals are being put forward to send migrants to regional and rural Australia.

As a skilled migrant, you may consider the following pathways to apply for pe...

If you are a migrant currently working or thinking of relocating to a regional area, it is worthwhile looking into whether you are eligible for relocation assistance.

As part of developing regional Australia, relocation grants of up to $10,000 per worker are available t...

September 17, 2018

Mandatory Regional Settlement?

Recent news revealed the Morrison Cabinet is considering a mandatory regional settlement plan for new migrants in order to address the rising population numbers in Sydney and Melbourne. Home Affairs released figures showing 87% of newly-ar...

Home Affairs updated their Skilled Migration Occupation Ceiling quota on 29 August 2018.  The skilled migration occupation ceiling affects applicants wishing to apply for a permanent subclass 189 visa. 

Occupation ceiling values are based on a percentage of stock e...

The Department has advised that invitation rounds in Skill Select for Subclass 189 and Subclass 190 visas will only occur once per month, as opposed to a round per fortnight. They have stated there will not be a reduction in the number of places. 

The invitation rounds...

The minimum points required for skilled migration has been increased from 60 points to 65 points from 1 July 2018. The change impacts all applicants who had not yet received an invitation to apply for a Skilled Visa.

Obtaining 65 points does not guarantee an invitation...

October 25, 2017

Victoria (Living in Victoria) has announced that applications for engineering and building occupations (see below) on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria will not be accepted from 16 October 2017 to 12 January 2018. The Visa Nomination Occupation List refe...

As announced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), there will be a number of changes to be introduced on 1 July 2017. One of the major changes include changing the upper age limit for the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, which encompass...

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