Australia - Skilled Visa Update

June 21, 2019

The migration programme for 2019-20 has been set at a maximum of 160,000 visas, with over two thirds of the programme allocated to skilled visas, particularly categories that allow states/ territories and employers to nominate skilled migrants.

The Skilled migration points test will be amended from November 2019.

Two new skilled regional (provisional) visas are to be introduced in November 2019:

Skilled Work Regional Visa for applicants nominated by a state or territory or sponsored by an eligible family member to live and work in regional Australia and will have over 500 eligible occupations included.

Skilled Employer Sponsored Visa for applicants sponsored by an employer to work in regional Australia and will have almost 700 eligible occupations included.

State Governments are negotiating an increase in the number of nominations they can make in this program year which starts on 1st July.  It is likely that these provisional visas will be given priority processing. 

To find out more about the visa process and your options please call The Emigration Group on 01244 321414.

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