Australia will add Perth and the Gold Coast to its list of regional areas. Regional Visa holders would hence be able to move to these areas as well.
David Coleman, Immigration Minister, said that these two places were included as 70% of the total population growth of Australia happens in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Mr Coleman also said that Australia would need an extra 2,000 skilled foreign workers to settle in the regional areas.
He insisted that the annual immigration intake will remain unchanged at 160,000. However, the regional visa places will be increased from 23,000 to 25,000. Those who agree to live in regional areas for up to three years will also receive priority processing.
The new Regional Visas of Australia will also have a provision for Permanent Residency.
Mr Coleman said that there was a 124% increase in the number of Regional Visas granted in the first quarter of 2019.
Anthony Albanese, Labor leader, said that the regional visa scheme would not succeed unless immigrants are given proper support. It is important to match immigrants to the areas with the most job opportunities. The Govt. also needs to make sure that there are enough settlement processes available.
Universities in Australia also pushed to include Perth and Gold Coast in the list of regional areas. This will help attract more international students to these areas.
Alfred Slogrove, CEO of Study Gold Coast, said that he was extremely happy and welcomed the move with open arms. The move will boost the confidence of Australian Universities to invest more in new programs, new research and new facilities.
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