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New Skilled Visa for Regional Australia

The Australian Government has announced the introduction of a new visa for skilled migrants who are prepared to live and work in regional Australia.

From 1 July 2004 eligible people who want to come to Australia as skilled migrants will be able to apply for a three-year temporary residence visa (Temporary Skilled Independent Regional Migration visa). They must be prepared to commit to living and working in regional Australia.

After two years they will be able to apply for permanent residency.

The new visa type still requires that existing minimum requirements for skilled migration are met. Applicants will need to:

  • be under 45 years of age when they apply
  • have at least vocational English language ability
  • nominate an occupation on the Skilled Occupations List
  • be assessed by the relevant skills authority as being suitable for the occupation
  • have recent work experience in a skilled occupation
  • or have recently completed an Australian qualification.

The new visa is obviously aimed at skilled migrants who can meet the minimum requirements for the visa.

Should you require any further information on this or any other type of visa please email us at .

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