Australia Revises Test Points Criteria and Launches Three New Regional Migration Visas!

Australia’s Migration Amendment 2019 has revised the points system of General Skilled Migration visas (190, 189) as well as the new Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa.

Therefore, the following listed changes will be effective from the month of November 2019.

1. For having a skilled spouse or de facto partner, a candidate will earn 10 points (currently 5 points).

Here are the criteria to consider the partner’s profile to be qualified!

  • Your spouse must be under the age of 45

  • He/she must demonstrate a competent English

  • Must have skills that can be assessed and occupation on the mentioned skill

2. Applicants nominated by a State or Territory government or sponsored by a family member residing in regional Australia will be able to claim 15 additional test points.

3. A candidate can fetch 10 more points for having certain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) qualifications.

4. This is the most exciting update so far! Any applicant without a spouse or de facto partner can also get 10 points.

5. Primary applicants with a spouse or de facto partner who can demonstrate competent English but does not have the skills for skilled partner points will be able to get 5 points.

What Should You Understand?

A lot happened in the month of March. Australia implemented many changes but the one that made us worried was the country’s decision to slash the annual immigration intake.

Following the update, there were debates on Australia may pass tougher rules in the near future, which still stands as a possibility in the starting of new program year (i.e. 1st July 2019).

But we are pleased with this unforeseen development in the test points criteria. The changes in the points benefit both singles and those who have a skilled spouse. It is really surprising to see that Australia wishes to give additional points even to the single qualified applicants. Earlier only the applicants with spouse or partner were able to claim extra points.

Furthermore, new changes to spouse test points criteria have been introduced, which may significantly impact those primary applicants who wish to get additional score via a skill or language assessment of their partners.

Now, do you have the possibility of scoring more test points thanks to the new rules? If you are falling short on your qualifying score, you must take this opportunity and finally take your big step towards your Australian dream. We can help you to understand the new points distribution, all you need to do is give us a call.

There’s More in the List. Australia has Introduced New Regional Visas!

In our previous post, we informed, the current permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) and the State Nominated temporary regional visa (subclass 489) visas will be discontinued. The government has replaced these visas with three new Regional Visas. Here is a brief of the new visas!

Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

This visa replaces the subclass 489 (Skilled Regional Nominated visa). The new 491 visas will be effective from 16th November 2019.

Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa

The new 494 visas will be also effective from 16th November 2019. It is the replacement of Subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme) visas.

Subclass 191 – Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa

The 191 visa program is a new pathway for persons who hold a Subclass 491 or a Subclass 494 visa at the time of application. The visa will be effective from 16th November 2022.

What Should You Understand?

In the 2019 allocation, the government reserved a total of 23,000 places only for the new skilled regional visas by increasing the Regional Sponsored Migration quota from 6,000 to 9,000 and state/territory sponsored visas from 8,500 to 14,000.

The government intends to advertise the Regional needs of skilled workers by introducing more Regional visas. Australia expects that the new visa will drive the migrant crowds to Regional areas that are crying out for more skilled professionals in their local job markets.

We understand a few of us may not wish to migrate to Regional areas. But you should know these are the low-populated metropolitan areas, which means they have vast opportunities for the foreign workers who will be willing to move there.

The megacities like Sydney and Melbourne have become very congested in the past years. As a consequence, the government needs time to resolve the issues that have resulted due to the sudden population growth. So, there is no point in sending more migrants to a place that is already overflowing with population and cost of every consumable is skyrocketing.

Despite the fact, these glamorous cities have their unmatched pros but for new immigrants who are focused to build a strong career and become stable with their earnings, Regional Australia offers the best opportunities. The immigrants only have to stay and work here (mandatory) for a few years before moving to a different place.

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