Australia has introduced its new visa policy, two visa subclass 489 and subclass 187 have been closed and introduced subclass 491 and subclass 494 for skilled work regional visa and skilled employer-sponsored regional visa respectively. While under subclass 491, a total of 14000 positions are to be filled. Under subclass 494, vacant positions are 9000.
In its new immigration policy, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs has brought about significant changes regarding spouses of applicants and the introduced new points system. Visa applicants having a skilled spouse are going to have an advantage over others as well as skilled visa aspirants who are single or without a spouse.
An additional 10 points will be granted to Australia visa applicants with a qualified spouse or without a spouse under the new skilled regional visa regulations and those accompanied by unskilled spouses would be moved down in the ranking of the final list. People with a spouse having competent English will be given 5 points. The applicants would be ranked in a list under first, equal first, second and third categories as per applicants and their spouses' professional credentials and language capabilities as the case may be. Those applicants whose spouses do not have English competence and lack professional skills would be put in the third category automatically.
Australia needs skilled professional and as per the immigration trend people with an educational qualification in streams such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) get an advantage over others. An extra 10 points allocation has been made for applicants having STEM qualifications.
The new visa system will come into effect on November 16th, 2019.
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