491 and 494 visas: 2,000 more regional visas; regional areas defined; extra year for graduates clarified

491 and 494 visas: 2,000 more regional visas; regional areas defined; extra year for graduates clarified

Today, the Government announced there will be an increase of 2,000 regional visas due to the high demand and a rise in visa grants in the first quarter of the program year. The regional/non-regional dichotomy will be split into three categories: Major cities, Cities and major regional centres, and Regional centres and all other locations. This will impact the new Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa and Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa. Incentives for these areas are also explained, including the potential for an additional 2 years for international students who study at a regional university for a Subclass 485 - Temporary Graduate visa under the Post-Study Work stream.

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491/190 visas: WA adds VET course to Graduate Occupation List, job offer and employment experience reduced

491/190 visas: WA adds VET course to Graduate Occupation List, job offer and employment experience reduced

Last week the Premier of Western Australia announced that the requirements for international student graduates to be nominated for a Subclass 190 – Skilled - Nominated visa or a Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa would be reduced along with adding trade occupation to their Graduate Occupation List so local graduates of vocational education (VET) courses can also apply.

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Student visas: Financial capacity increase on 24 October 2019

Student visas: Financial capacity increase on 24 October 2019

The annual living costs, annual school costs, and minimum personal annual income for Subclass 500 – Student visa or Subclass 590 – Student Guardian visa will increase from tomorrow after a new instrument was registered today. This year has seen rumblings in changes to student visa Assessment Levels and accusations that some students have had their Certificates of Enrolment cancelled after they have been issued.

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494 and 491 visas: Access to welfare and government services; making the provisional more permanent

494 and 491 visas: Access to welfare and government services; making the provisional more permanent

A report released late last week by the Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs recommends that a bill is passed that will see 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa and 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa holders be deemed ‘Australian residents’ for the purposes of accessing welfare and other government services.

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