01 Nov 2019
Australia will be launching two new replacement for previous Regional Visas on the 16th of November, 2019. According to sources, the two new regional Visas will be divided into two class; one is the Subclass 491, which will be popularly known as the “Skilled Work Regional Visa”. Whereas, the other is Subclass 494, which will be known as the Skilled Employee-Sponsored Regional Visa.
As per the statement, the subclass 491 Visa will be the replacement for the Subclass 489 Visa. Similarly, The Subclass 494 Visa will be the replacement of the Subclass 187 Visa. It is known both these Visas will offer 23,000 visa spots for applicants.
Visa holders of both the new regional visas will strictly have to reside and work in a designated regional area until they acquire Permanent Residency. The 5-year Subclass Visa will be available for the skilled workers eligible to live and work in a delegated regional area in Australia. Likewise, the Visa holders are also able to include their family members in their Visa application.
The Subclass 491 Visa comes with its own merits and demerits. The eligible applicants are needed to be sponsored by the state or territory in Australia. Likewise, the eligible applicants can also be sponsored by a close family member that has settled in a delegated regional area in Australia. Let us find out the merits and demerits of the Subclass 491 Visa.
The Subclass 491 Visa is the replacement of the Subclass 489 Visa. Similarly, it is available to those eligible applicants that have been sponsored by the state or the territory in Australia. Likewise, the sponsorship is also available through a close family member that has settled in the appointed regional area in Australia.
The subclass 491 Visa will be offering 14,000 spots every year. Likewise, there are more than 500 eligible occupations one could choose from.
The Visa holders are able to move from one territory to another. The Subclass 491 Visa also covers a larger regional area than Subclass Visa 489. Besides that, the Visa holders are able to apply for Australian PR through the Subclass 191 Visa. The Subclass 191 Visa will come into action from the 22nd of November, 2022.
With a few merits, the Subclass 491 Visa has few disadvantages than that of the previous Subclass 489 Visa. Let’s get into the few things that differ from the previous Subclass 489 Visa.
Previously, the Subclass 489 Visa holders were able to apply for an Australian PR just after completing two years of work in Australia. However, the Subclass 491 Visa will have to wait for three years to apply for an Australian PR.
The age limit in the previous Subclass 489 Visa used to be 50 years. However, the new Subclass 491 Visa will replace the upper age limit to 45 years old.
As per SBS News, the point system for the new Subclass 491 is termed to be more lenient as compared to that of the Subclass 489 Visa.
So, how is it beneficial to the immigrant? Let us find out.
For a skilled spouse or partner, the applicant is eligible to get 10 points. Whereas, previously, you could only claim 5 points under the Subclass 489 Visa.
If the applicant’s partner or spouse is competent in English, the applicant can claim 5 points. Previously, there were no extra points under the Subclass 489 Visa.
Single applicants are eligible to get ten extra points. Likewise, there were no points awarded under the Subclass 489 Visa.
An applicant is eligible to get 15 points if nominated by the state or territory in Australia. Previously, applicants only got 10 points under the Subclass 489 Visa.
An applicant will get 15 points if he/she is sponsored by an eligible close family residing in a regional area. Whereas, only 10 points were awarded under the Subclass 489 Visa.
Few of the specified STEM qualifications will help the applicants fetch an extra 10 points.