Perth and Gold Coast Now Considered “Regional Areas” for Immigration Purposes

November 5, 2019 | Australia

Effective November 16, 2019, Perth, Western Australia and the Gold Coast, Queensland will be considered “regional areas” in the immigration system. The other regional areas are Adelaide, Canberra, Geelong, Hobart, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Sunshine Coast and Wollongong/Illawarra. 

Foreign national students who have completed studies at regional area universities will be eligible for an extra one year on their Subclass 485 Graduate post-study work visa (if the university is in a “city or major regional centre”) or an extra two years (if the university is in a “regional centre or other regional area”).

Employers will benefit from the ability to extend the employment of recent graduates based on the Graduate visa initially, and subsequently under a Subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa, as the Graduate visa will enable recent graduates to obtain the two years of work experience required to qualify for the TSS visa. Employers in Perth and the Gold Coast will also be able to hire skilled workers under the new Subclass 494 Skilled Regional Employer Sponsored (Provisional) visa. This visa is valid for five years and enables the holder to apply for permanent residency after three years.

Foreign nationals in Perth and the Gold Coast may also qualify for the new Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa under the sponsorship of the pertinent State government.

Finally, also as of November 16, there will be 2,000 additional places added to the regional visa quota, bringing it to 25,000 places, and regional visa applicants will benefit from priority processing.