NSW. Significant update for visa ONSHORE SC491 applicants

The NSW migration office has announced the updated criteria for the Skilled Regional Visa Subclass 491 applicants followed (Pathway 1).

Previously, applicants for Pathway 1 were required to have been living and working in a designated regional area of NSW for at least 12 months with a single regional NSW-based employer, among other requirements. Now, this employment duration requirement has been reduced by half, and from 3 April, 2024 applicants only need to reside and work in the regional NSW for 6 months.

This adjustment aims to make Pathway 1 more accessible for skilled workers residing and working in the regional area of the state. The rest of the eligibility criteria are without any changes, for example the applicant’s occupation should match or closely relate to the nominated occupation, the occupation and skilled employment must be deemed skilled by NSW, applicants must be paid a minimum of the TSMIT salary level of $70,000 (prorated if under 38 hours per week).

The state migration office emphasizes that this policy adjustment reflects the challenges regional migrants face and gives them more opportunities, alongside the state’s dedication to fostering a vibrant, diverse, and economically robust regional NSW.

After all I would like to share my professional opinion, this update is obviously a positive update, potentially opening many more opportunities for regional applicants. However, it's somewhat disheartening for those candidates who have already spent more than 6 months waiting for their chance to submit an EOI to NSW.

To everyone who has already submitted their EOI to the state, I wish good luck and quick reply with invitation! But if you are still on your journey, I invite you to consider our post-payment offer applying for a skilled visa.

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