If you’ve been thinking about making Australia your home, regional migration could be an excellent option for you. Regional migration means that you choose to come to Australia and settle in an area defined as ‘regional’ (i.e., anywhere in Australia except Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane) by The Government of Australia.

What should you consider a Regional Visa?

Most people who want to migrate to Australia (almost 98%) have their sights set on Melbourne and Sydney, which puts an enormous strain on the infrastructure of these cities. At the same time, there are other incredible places to live in Australia that need more people and can offer those considering the big move a wonderful life.
The Australian Government has made several new visa options available with incentives to encourage aspiring skilled migrants to move to regional areas. These visas help boost the local economy by introducing migrants with the right skills to the right regions.

Consequently, they have reduced the number of General Category visas available.

To understand what a regional visa could mean for you, read this: Regional migration

Where could you potentially move to on a Regional Visa?

Regional Australia, in simple terms, refers to areas other than Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Designated regional areas are further classified as Category 2 ‘Cities and Major Regional Centres’ or Category 3 ‘Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas.

Read in more detail about Designated regional areas.

Types of regional visas

SUBCLASS 491 SKILLED WORD REGIONAL (STATE NOMINATED AND FAMILY SPONSORED)

This is a provisional visa, primarily for skilled migrants who wish to live and work in regional Australia. The skilled worker is the main applicant and is nominated by the state or territory government. There is also a subsequent entrant visa under this subclass for a family member of the main applicant.

Read more: Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

Here are the most frequently asked questions about this visa:

SUBCLASS 491 VISA (SKILLED WORK REGIONAL) FAQs

SUBCLASS 491 SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS PATHWAY (QUEENSLAND ONLY)

This is a visa for small business owners currently who live and run a business in regional Queensland. You are only eligible for this visa is you are currently  living in Australia.

To know more about this visa, read here:  491 Small Business Owners Pathway FAQs

SUBCLASS 494 SKILLED EMPLOYER-SPONSORED REGIONAL (PROVISIONAL) VISA
This is a visa for employers that help them address labour shortages in their regions. Employers sponsor skilled workers when they are unable to fill positions with Australian workers.

This subclass has three streams: Employer Sponsored stream, Labour Agreement stream and Subsequent Entrant stream,

Read more:

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)

494 Visa – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa

DESIGNATED AREA MIGRATION AGREEMENTS (DAMA)

This is a special category of regional visas that have been created so specific regional areas can fill much-needed worker roles. These visas are employer-sponsored. DAMA visas are also a good option for applicants who are past the age criteria for standard PR visas.

Read more: Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA)

Is a regional visa the right option for you? If all the information here makes you think you could be a good candidate, it’s time to have a more detailed assessment. This could help you understand everything that is involving and all the little details you may not be able to consider while doing your research. It’s always good to speak to an expert to evaluate your particular circumstance.

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