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Difficult for migrants to resist the lure of Australian cities

Australia Regional Visas

Australia has launched new Regional Visas in November this year. As per an ANU research, country towns have struggled to retain immigrants over the last four decades. 

The research was led by Prof James Rayner, who led a team of researchers from the Australian National University. The researchers collected and refined 40 years of data which indicated that migrants have a low chance of staying back in the regional areas. And this pattern was consistent over the years. 

Prof Rayner said that their research showed that almost 70% of the immigrants leave within the first five years. The ones who stay back in Australia tend to move to bigger cities like Sydney and Melbourne. The research also shows that new migrant groups have a higher chance of leaving the regional areas. 

However, David Coleman, Immigration Minister, believes that the new Regional Visas will succeed in attracting and retaining migrants in the regional areas. He says that Australia wants skilled immigrants to settle in designated regional areas long-term. The Govt. is working to ensure that these immigrants are not at a disadvantage in comparison to the bigger cities. 

The new Regional  Visas require immigrants to live in designated regional areas for at least three years to qualify for Permanent Residence.  

To retain immigrants in the regional areas, the Australian Govt. has granted Regional Visa holders the same access to Medicare and other Govt. services like other permanent residents. The Australian Govt. is committed to supporting migrants to intend to live and work in the regional areas. 

The Migration Institute of Australia, however, has criticized the required income threshold of AUD 53,900 for Regional Visa holders to be eligible for PR. 

The ANU data provides the most comprehensive picture of Australian regional migration ever collected. The project tracks 19 nationality groups across 47 regions of who has moved where since 1981. 

According to the research, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia had the lowest migrant retention rates. 

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Victoria starts accepting Subclass 491 applications from 18th Nov 

Pros and Cons of the new Regional Visas of Australia

Australia has introduced two new Regional Visas on the 16th of November 2019. These two visas are: 

  • Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional)) Visa 
  • Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) Visa 

The new Regional Visas throw open the door to Australian Permanent Residency and possible citizenship in the future. 

If you too are mulling over whether you should apply for the new Visas, here are the pros and cons: 

Pros: 

The definition of “regional areas” in Australia has been simplified by the Australian Govt. Barring Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, almost all of Australia is considered “regional” for immigration purposes. This means that migrants can now easily settle in satellite cities like Newcastle and Wollongong in New South Wales. They can also settle in the Gold Coast which is just about an hour’s drive from Brisbane. 

Regional Visa holders will be eligible for Medicare. This will significantly lower the living expenses of migrant families on these visas. Children of Regional Visa holders will also have access to public education. 

International students who graduate from Regional Universities in Australia will get an extra year on their Post-Study Work Permit. Certain international students may even be eligible for two additional years instead of one. 

The new Regional Visas of Australia have a provision for Permanent Residency. Visa holders who complete three years of stay in a designated regional area may be eligible to apply for Australian PR. 

Cons: 

Besides the mandatory stay period of three years in a designated regional area, immigrants will also need to meet the income threshold. Regional Visa holders should have earned a minimum of AUD 53,900 every year for all three years to be eligible for Australian PR. 

Research by the University of Adelaide indicates that skilled migrants in regional areas are not finding the job opportunities that match their work experience. The research was conducted by George Tan and Andreas Cebulla.  

A survey of more than 1,700 skilled immigrants revealed that 53% of them believed they were not utilizing their full potential. 44% of those surveyed were working in an occupation which was different from what they had nominated in their visa application. 15% of those surveyed reported being unemployed. This is almost twice the unemployment rate in South Australia, as per an article published by Tan and Cebulla. 

The research also found that there was a mismatch between immigrants and the regional labour market. The mismatch was not just in the jobs available but also in the employer & employee expectations. 

The survey also found that many immigrants faced discrimination from their employers due to their lack of Australian work experience. 

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How is the high Partner Visa fee affecting Indians in Australia?

Australia Partner Visa

Irrespective of whether you lodge the application in Australia or overseas, it will cost you AUD 7,715 to get your partner to Australia on the Partner Visa. This high fee, unfortunately, is affecting how a lot of Indians in Australia are taking their marriage decisions. 

Harmanjit Singh from Melbourne runs a matrimonial page on Facebook. He says deterred by the high expenses involved in the Partner Visa, most Indians in Australia now want to marry “locals only. If you marry someone who is based in India, you will need to spend an extra AUD 10,000 just to get your partner to Australia. That is a huge sum of money which can be used for other things like making a down payment had you married a local. 

Mr Singh further says that someone who is an Australia “local” is already used to the lifestyle in the country. Hence, you need lesser adjustment. 

The ideal situation is when both the partners are Permanent Residents of Australia. For all others, you must apply for the expensive Partner Visa. 

Despite the expenses, many Indians still prefer Australia when looking for overseas partners. Sheeba, based in Ludhiana, India, is looking for an “Indian man settled in Australia” as an ideal match. She says that as long as her partner is settled in Australia, she has no problems shelling out the immigration fee. 

Sheeba is also aware that there are long queues for the Partner Visa of Australia as the wait times have increased. In spite of that, she says that making it to Australia is well worth the wait. 

Mamata Singh is an Australian citizen and is looking for a suitable Indian-origin groom for her daughter. However, she is often left disappointed as prospective grooms from India only want to get married as a shortcut to getting into Australia. 

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Latest state nomination update for Australia

With the new Subclass 491 Visa now being effective, Australia is gearing up for the influx of applications that are expected to be submitted. 

Here is the latest update regarding state nomination for Australia: 

Victoria 

Victoria will accept applications for the Subclass 491 Visa from 9 am of 18th November 2019. Applicants can nominate any occupation that is available on the Skilled Occupation Lists of Australia. Also, Victoria will not charge an application fee for state nomination. 

However, all applicants must prove that they have a job offer in their nomination occupation from a designated regional area. 

Queensland 

Queens is currently not accepting any nomination applications under General Skilled Migration. However, the program is expected to open soon in the coming weeks. 

Queensland has removed many occupations from its QSOL. These occupations include: 

Onshore and Offshore- Information Technology 

  • 261111- ICT Business Analysts 
  • 261312- Developer Programmer 
  • 261112- Systems Analyst 
  • 261313- Software Engineer 
  • 261399- Software and Applications Programmer nec 
  • 262112- ICT Security Specialist 
  • 263111- Computer Network and Systems Engineer 
  • 261311- Analyst Programmer 

Onshore-Accounting 

  • 221111-Accountant (General) 
  • 221113- Taxation Accountant 
  • 221112- Management Accountant 
  • 221214- Internal Auditor 
  • 221213- External Auditor 

Offshore-Engineering 

  • 233211- Civil Engineer 
  • 233512- Mechanical Engineer 
  • 233311- Electrical Engineer 
  • 233914- Engineering Technologist 

Tasmania 

Tasmania is yet to reveal the eligibility requirements for the new Subclass 491 Visa. The eligibility requirements are expected to be announced soon. 

Tasmania will charge an application fee of AUD 220 (Including GST) for both Subclass 190 as well as Subclass 491 applications. The payment is non-refundable and must be paid through a credit card (Masterclass or Visa). 

South Australia 

South Australia had closed down the state nomination system for the Subclass 190 Visa from 11 am on 15th November to prepare for the Subclass 491 Visa. The state nomination system for both the Subclass 190 and Subclass 491 is expected to open in the first week of December. 

New South Wales 

NSW has not yet announced when it will start accepting applications for the Subclass 491 Visa. However, RDA Northern Inland NSW which is one of the regional bodies, has announced that it will start accepting Subclass 491 applications by early January 2020. 

Northern Territory 

The state nomination program for both the Subclass 190 as well as the Subclass 491 Visa will remain closed till 9th December 2019. 

Western Australia 

Western Australia has started accepting state nomination applications for the Subclass 491 Visa from 16th November. However, it has announced that it will start issuing invitation only after 28th November 2019. 

Australian Capital Territory 

The ACT has announced that it will start accepting Subclass 491 nomination applications only after 1st January 2020. 

The ACT will soon release new eligibility criteria for the Subclass 190 and Subclass 491 Visa on 28th November 2019. 

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South Australia to temporarily close Subclass 190 Visas 

Victoria starts accepting Subclass 491 applications from 18th Nov

Victoria starts accepting Subclass 491 applications from 18th Nov

Victoria will open its nomination program for the Subclass 491 Visa (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional)) from 9 am on 18th November 2019. 

The Subclass 491 Visa of Australia is a points-tested visa which allows the visa holder and their families to live and work in the regional areas for up to five years. This visa is aimed at people who are open to settling in the regional areas of Australia and those who have skills that are high in demand in the country. 

You must meet the eligibility requirements for the Subclass 491 Visa before you submit an application to Victoria. 

The eligibility requirements are: 

  • Age: You must be under 45 
  • English proficiency: You should have Competent English proficiency. You have to demonstrate your English language skills by scoring a 6 on each band on IELTS or an equivalent score on either PTE, TOEFL or CAE 
  • Occupation: Your nominated occupation should be listed on the Skilled Occupation Lists of Australia. 
  • Proof of funds: You should have sufficient funds for yourself and your family. Onshore applicants need to show at least AUD 20,000 while offshore applicants need to show AUD 30,000. For including family in your visa application, you will need to show funds for your family too. 
  • An offer of employment: Applicants for Victorian nomination should have an offer of employment from a designated regional area in Victoria 
  • Genuine intention: You and your family must prove that you genuinely want to live, work or study in a designated regional area 
  • Skill Assessment: You should have a positive skill assessment report from a relevant authority while applying for a state nomination from Victoria 

There is no application fee for applying for a state nomination from Victoria. 

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South Australia to temporarily close Subclass 190 Visas 

Australia has released new regional postcodes

Australia News

Immigration Australia has released the list of postcodes that make up the “regional areas” in Australia for immigration purposes. The list includes postcodes for both Perth and the Gold Coast. 

The new postcodes only apply to the new Regional Visas. Current Subclass 489 Visa holders cannot move to the new regional locations. 

Regional postcodes 

State/Territory  Category  Postcodes 
New South Wales  Cities and major regional centres 
2259, 2264 to 2308, 2500 to 2526, 2528 to 2535 and 2574 
 

 

New South Wales  Regional centres and other regional areas 
2250 to 2258, 2260 to 2263, 2311 to 2490, 2527, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2739, 2753 to 2754, 2756 to 2758 and 2773 to 2898 
 

 

Queensland  Cities and major regional centres 
4207 to 4275, 4517 to 4519, 4550 to 4551, 4553 to 4562, 4564 to 4569 and 4571 to 4575 
 

 

Queensland  Regional centres and other regional areas 
4124 to 4125, 4133, 4183 to 4184, 4280 to 4287, 4306 to 4498, 4507, 4552, 4563, 4570 and 4580 to 4895 
 

 

Victoria  Cities and major regional centres 
3211 to 3232, 3235, 3240, 3328, 3330 to 3333, 3340 and 3342 
 

 

Victoria  Regional centres and other regional areas  3097 to 3099, 3139, 3233 to 3234, 3236 to 3239, 3241 to 3325, 3329, 3334, 3341, 3345 to 3424, 3430 to 3799, 3809 to 3909, 3912 to 3971 & 3978 to 3996 
Western Australia  Cities and major regional centres 
6000 to 6038, 6050 to 6083, 6090 to 6182, 6208 to 6211, 6214 and 6556 to 6558 
 

 

Western Australia  Regional centres and other regional areas 
All postcodes in WA not mentioned above 
 

 

Tasmania  Cities and major regional centres 
7000, 7004 to 7026, 7030 to 7109, 7140 to 7151 and 7170 to 7177 
 

 

Tasmania  Regional centres and other regional areas 
All postcodes in Tasmania not mentioned above 
 

 

South Australia 

 

Cities and major regional centres 
5000 to 5171, 5173 to 5174, 5231 to 5235, 5240 to 5252, 5351 and 5950 to 5960 
 

 

South Australia 

 

Regional centres and other regional areas 
All postcodes in SA not mentioned above 
 

 

Northern Territory  Cities and major regional centres  None 
Northern Territory  Regional centres and other regional areas  All postcodes in the Northern Territory 
ACT  Cities and major regional centres  All postcodes in the Australian Capital Territory 
ACT  Regional centres and other regional areas  None 
Norfolk Island  Cities and major regional centres  None 
Norfolk Island  Regional centres and other regional areas  All postcodes in Norfolk Island 
Other territories  Cities and major regional centres  None 
Other territories  Regional centres and other regional areas  All postcodes in a Territory other than the NT, ACT or Norfolk Island 

 

 Changes to Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa 

With effect from 16th November 2019, international students who graduate from “cities and major regional centres” mentioned on the list will get an extra year on their Subclass 485 Visa. 

International students who graduate from “regional centres and other regional areas” will get two extra years on their Subclass 485 Visa. 

Which visas does this apply to? 

From 16th November 2019, the new definition of “regional area” applies to the following visas: 

  • Subclass 189 (Skilled Independent): You can earn points for regional study 
  • Subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated): You can earn points for regional study 
  • Subclass 482 (Temporary Skills Shortage) 
  • Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional)) 
  • Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) 
  • Subclass 892 (State/Territory- Sponsored Business Owner) 
  • Subclass 888 (Business Innovation &  Investment (Permanent)) 

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South Australia to temporarily close Subclass 190 Visas

Due to the introduction of the new Regional Visas on 16th November 2019, Immigration SA will temporarily close the Subclass 190 Visas. 

 The Subclass 190 nomination application system will remain closed from 11 am of 15th November to the first week of December. The date and time of re-opening will be announced at a later date. 

In case you have already started a state nomination application, you would need to submit it before the system closure on 15th November. 

Incomplete state nomination applications will be deleted after 11 am of 15th November 2019. This will include those applications which have been “saved” but not yet submitted and the ones which are awaiting payment. 

Please note that eligible applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and points criteria of Immigration SA to apply for a state nomination to South Australia. 

 A new points system will come into effect from 16th November. For applications that have been submitted before 16th November, the old points system will apply. 

Applications for the new Subclass 491 Visa (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional)) will be open from the first week of December 2019. 

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This organization helps migrants in Australia find jobs in regions

Australia Regional Visa

29-year-old Ali Hussain migrated from Pakistan to Australia five months ago. He was accompanied by his wife and 18-month-old daughter. 

Ali initially moved to Perth; however, he struggled to find a job. This forced him to look at other avenues of finding work.  

Ali contacted Regional Opportunities Australia, a new organization that helped migrants find work in Australia. ROA helped Ali find work and settle down in Leeton, a small town in the Riverina region of New South Wales. 

Mahir Momand, CEO of ROA, says that ROA places migrants in permanent jobs. These jobs are not seasonal or fly-infly-out types. The organization believes that if immigrants move to regional areas, they should do so permanently. Regional Australia is facing a skill shortage and to address that it is important to connect the skills of immigrants who have newly arrived in Australia or are living in big cities. 

Dr Sajeda Tuli from the University of Canberra analyzed ABS data. The data showed that between 2011 and 2016, 13,79,055 international immigrants moved to Australia. 86% of these immigrants settled in the major cities, while only 14% moved to the areas outside of these cities. 

17-year-old Ahmed Bilal also moved from Perth to Leeton in search of work. He says he is glad he made the switch as there are many job opportunities available. Also, the rent is much lower as compared to the cities. However, Ahmed wants to work in his original field as a mechanic. 

ROA also helps migrants get accreditation for their original line of work. 

Mr Momand says that migrants often find it difficult to get their qualifications recognized in Australia. This makes it difficult to adjust to life in Australia, particularly in the cities. In a big city, if you are unemployed, the cost of living is high, and hence the sense of belonging is not as strong as it could be in a regional area. 

The Australian Govt. announced two new Regional Visas earlier this year- the Subclass 491 and the Subclass 494 Visas. Visa holders must live in the regional areas for at least three years to qualify for Permanent Residency. 

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Australia to increase regional migration intake

Australia looks to Canada to attract more migrants to the regional areas

Australia Regional Visa

Alan Tudge, Population Minister, is inspired by the Canadian model of letting provinces decide their desired migration levels. Australia is looking to Canada to attract more migrants to move to the regional areas. 

Minister Tudge wants to emulate Canada’s model of giving its provinces a greater say in deciding their immigration levels. The Canadian provinces, thus, are more successful in attracting new migrants to settle in the regions instead of the major cities. 

Australia has cut down immigration levels in a bid to decongest the major cities in the country. The annual cap on permanent migration has been reduced from 190,000 to 160,000. Australia is also introducing more incentives to encourage migrants and foreign students in regional areas. 

Before Canada changed its immigration policy in the early 90s, only 10% of the migrants settled in areas outside the major cities. Now, the figure has increased to more than 34%. 

Only 14% of the 1.4 million migrants in Australia settled outside the major cities between 2011 and 2016. 

Mr Tudge attributes Canada’s success to strong welcome and support programs for new immigrants. These programs help new immigrants find work and integrate into the community. 

Mr Tudge says that Canada is an interesting case study in how immigration policies can help achieve better population distribution. 

Mr Tudge also wants to emulate countries like France and Germany who have used fast rail to connect the regional areas to the big capital cities. Australia wants to connect most of the neighbouring cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in the next 20 years. 

Australia is gearing up to launch the new Regional Visas on 16th November 2019. These visas will allow skilled migrants a pathway to PR for having lived in the regional areas for 3 years. 

Migration Experts have welcomed the Government’s initiatives to encourage more migrants to live in the regional areas. However, they also warn that such initiatives have failed in the past. Migrants tend to move back to the major cities once the mandatory stay period is up. 

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Australia to add Perth and the Gold Coast to the regional areas

High-skilled techies to have their Australia PR fast-tracked

Australia Work Visa

Australia has established a new permanent migration scheme that will target high-skilled techies in seven “future-focussed fields”. These fields include cybersecurity, quantum computing and fintech. The new scheme aims to maintain Australia’s competitive edge. 

Australia first flagged the “Global Talent Independent Program” in June this year. It was launched by David Coleman, Immigration Minister, and aims to attract the best talent from across the globe. The program aims to attract 5,000 high-skilled workers at the top of their field between July 2019 and June 2020. The program also offers to fast-track the Australia PR applications. 

This program is separate from the Global Talent Employer-Sponsored Program. The GTES was made permanent in August this year. 

To be eligible under the GTIP, applicants must have work experience in any one of the seven future-focussed fields. Applicants should also earn more than AUD 149,000 per annum in Australia to be eligible for Permanent Residency. 

The seven eligible fields under the GTIP is: 

  • Cybersecurity 
  • AgTech 
  • Fintech 
  • Space and advanced manufacturing 
  • Energy and mining technology 
  • Medtech 
  • Quantum information/data science/ advanced digital and ICT 

Global Talent Officers from the Dept. of Home Affairs plan to seek out talented techies instead of waiting for migrants to apply. These officers have already been deployed at New Delhi, Washington DC, Berlin, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai and Santiago. 

As per The Australian Financial Review, Mr Coleman has announced that the PR process through the GTIP will only take weeks and not months. However, the standard health, character and security checks will also apply to the GTIP. 

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