Just to refresh your memory, there are new sub-classes commencing on 16 November replacing previous regional sub-classes as follows:

491 (Skilled Work Regional) visa is a provisional visa (5 year regional visa) and will be eligible for PR after 3 years (191 PR visa). Replaces the 489 where applicants must be nominated by a state or territory govt agency or sponsored by an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area – need to submit an EOI (Expression of Interest)

494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored) visa (substituting the 187 RSMS). Employer sponsored visa, need position offer to exist for 5 years. May apply for PR after 3 years.  RCB advice, skills assessment and Meet the AMSR requirement.

191 Skilled regional – PR visa for 489 & 491 (from November 2022 which will be 3 years)

Applicants in regional areas may be eligible for an extra year on their 485 visa if they graduated in a regional campus and maintain ongoing residence in a regional area while holding their first 485 visa – must continue to stay in a regional area when issued the second 485 visa.

What is happening to current subclasses 489/190/187?

Subclass 489 will close from 16 November 2019 – last date to issue invitations is 10 September 2019

Subclass 190 will be replaced by 491 provisional visa and subclass 494 will replace the 187 – the 187 applications for certification assessment will be accepted until 11 November 2019 before the new subclasses commence 16 November 2019

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