Australia has a number of visas, including 489 Skilled (Provisional), Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (187) and Skilled Regional (Permanent) 887 –aimed at encouraging migrants to the regional areas. Every state has particular shortages of skills and thus occupations appear on various lists at different times. In their specific requirements, every state varies. Some states require applicants to have higher scores in English; others need more work experience or clear proof of the assets of the applicant. Generally, for some visas in designated areas, most states operating their own migration systems accept migrants ‘ visa applications with the condition that they live and work in those states for two years.
PATHWAY FROM 489 (SKILLED) TO 887 (PR) VISA
When you stay for two years in Australia and work full-time (35 hours a week) on a 489 visa, which is based on point based application, for consecutive 12 months of that time, you may be able to apply for permanent residency. This permanent residency (PR) phase is going to be the 887 visa and, like all PR visas, it has some requirements. This applies to those persons who are living and working in the areas noted on the Australia Regional or Low Population growth areas, also known as the legislative instrument, to apply for legal permanent residence on the Skilled Regional Subclass 887 visa. The designated areas includes the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia and other parts of territories which are low in population.
It also doesn’t matter what kind of work is being done. There is absolutely no requirement that the job has to do with the designated profession that you used to get the 489 visa. In order to meet the work requirement, you can drive a taxi, pick fruit or wash dishes at the local cafe. Remember, you don’t need to have a permanent job. You can be casual or part-time, it doesn’t matter the classification. Unless, on the basis of the visa status of the applicant, work has taken the applicant outside the specified areas, such trips cannot be regular. These are acceptable as long as the applicant’s place of work is within those defined areas to a significant extent.
What you can do with a 887 (PR) Visa?
With the 887 visa you can permanently live, work and study and enroll in public health in Australia. Once this visa is granted, you can fly to and from Australia as many times as you want for five years. You’ll need a Resident Return (RRV) after 5 years to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.
Changes in 489 Visa Policy
The Australian government has released the regulations that will be available from November 2019 on 2 new regional visas. The 489 visa subclass will end from November 16, 2019. The Department of Home Affairs of the Australian Government has announced that 10 September 2019 will be the last day for states and territories to appoint and submit invitations for subclass 489 applicants. Many states are progressively closing for new applications their category 489 Skilled Local State nominating scheme. A new Skilled Worker Regional (Provisional 491) visa will be introduced on 16 November 2019 and this will replace the 489 visa.
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