Benefits of new Regional Visas (Subclass 491 & 494) … Australia Immigration

Benefits of new Regional Visas (Subclass 491 & 494):

  • Priority processing of regional applications
  • Incentives for migrants to stay in regional areas longer term as they build ties through workforce and community participation
  • Can apply for permanent residence without a second nomination stage, if eligible, through the subclass 191 visa (commences 16 November 2022)
  • Lower cost to employers with only one SAF levy stage for the subclass 494 nomination (compared to the two stages for the current subclass 482 to ENS subclass 186 permanent resident pathway)
  • More points available to subclass 491 visa applicants
  • Broader range of occupations available than non-regional pathways
  • Expanded and consistent classification of regional areas

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/skilled-migration-program/skilled-visa-newsletters/september-2019?fbclid=IwAR3I6sCf-c4Cob6TRCMHDTKd1lCdRTts2DmlMTqe8Uq6BvslZkwrFYwr8i4