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New skilled regional provisional visas

There will be two new skilled regional provisional  visas introduced in November 2019:

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa: for people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia; and

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa: for  people who are nominated by a State or  Territory government or sponsored by an eligible  family member to live and work in regional  Australia.

Under these new visas, migrants will be required to  live and work in a regional area of Australia for at least three years before they are eligible to apply for permanent residence.

These new regional visas will provide greater incentives for regional employers to nominate skilled workers, including priority processing of applications and access to additional skilled occupations.

Based on current eligible skilled occupation lists: the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa will have almost 700 eligible occupations; and the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa will have over 500 eligible occupations.

Holders of the new skilled regional provisional visas will need to live and work in regional Australia. Visas will be granted with a validity period of up to five years.

The introduction of the two new regional visas will  not impact people who already hold existing  permanent skilled visas. Applications lodged prior to November 2019 will continue to be processed as normal.

Further information will be made available it it comes to hand.