Regional visas are in the Australian immigration spotlight at the moment with the introduction of the regional subclass 491 provisional visa. The 491 visa replaces the 489 visa and is a skilled visa which is points tested and has an upper age limit of 45 years and requires a positive skills assessment
Regional visas in the form of the subclass 491 provisional visa has one great benefit for visa seekers – it provides a direct pathway to permanent residence which is often the most important criteria for many visa applicants.will enable eligible skilled workers and their families to live, work and study in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years. Visa holders will be eligible to apply for a Permanent Residence visa after three years.
Regional Visas Now Major Part of Migration Program
Regional visas are now a major part of Australia’s annual migration program with 25,000 places in this category out of the 160,00 authorised for this year.
This week there is some good news for work visa seekers with the Queensland government visa sponsorship program getting back into business with the State’s Skilled Migration Program now open for subclass 491 Visa Applicants.
While applications for the Queensland’s Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) have been opened again from this week, the State has closed off applications for the Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190). Also, it has removed 17 occupations from its Skilled Occupations list – eight in IT, five in accounting and four in engineering.
Occupations removed from Queensland’s Skilled Occupations List
•Onshore and Offshore -IT
•ICT Business Analyst ANZSCO 261111
•Systems Analyst ANZSCO 261112
•Developer Programmer ANZSCO 261312
•Software Engineer ANZSCO 261313
•Software and Applications Programmers nec ANZSCO 261399
•ICT Security Specialist ANZSCO 262112
•Computer Network and Systems Engineer ANZSCO 263111
•Analyst Programmer ANZSCO 261311
•Accountant (General) ANZSCO 221111
•Management Accountant ANZSCO 221112
•Taxation Accountant ANZSCO 221113
•External Auditor ANZSCO 221213
•Internal Auditor ANZSCO 221214
•Civil Engineer ANZSCO 233211
•Mechanical Engineer ANZSCO 233512
•Electrical Engineer ANZSCO 233311
•Engineering Technologist ANZSCO 233914
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