The Department of Home Affairs has advised that the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional)(subclass 491) visa will commence on 16 November 2019.

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa will cease at 11:59pm on 15 November 2019.

This will affect the ability of states and territories to nominate and issue invitations for the subclass 489 visa and for intending migrants to lodge EOIs and lodge applications for this visa as per our timeline below:

10 September 2019

Will be the last day for states and territory governments to nominate and for invitations to be issued to an intending migrant for a subclass 489 visa

15 November 2019

Will be the last day for people who have been invited to apply for a subclass 489 visa to lodge a subclass 489 visa application

From 16 November 2019

Intending migrants can lodge an EOI for the subclass 491 visa.

State and territory governments can nominate and invitations are able to be issued to an intending migrant for a subclass 491 visa.

Visa applications can be lodged for the subclass 491 visa for intending migrants issued with an invitation to apply.

Does this have any effect on the 189 or 190 visa subclasses?

Nominations, invitations, EOIs and visa applications for the Skilled Independent (subclass 189) and Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visas will not be affected.

More Information

If you have any questions regarding the new Regional Skilled Visas or these changes please contact our office via email or on 1300 083 843.