Australia to introduce visa subclasses, point system in Nov 2019!
September 10, 2019

Australia to introduce visa subclasses, point system in Nov 2019!

When it came to Australian visa subclasses and immigration, the Department of Home Affairs had initiated new changes recently. On the one hand, it was the introduction of new visas in General Skilled Migration (GSM) category whereas on the other it was the points system. The Department also decided to introduce three regional visas alongside bringing new Sponsored Parent Visa—subclass 870.


To start with, some forthcoming changes initiated by DHA comprise—


Watch out for these changes that are among the new visa updates in Australia. They will be implemented by November 16, 2019. One of the visas is the Skilled Regional Provisional Visa—subclass 489 that will be replaced by Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa—subclass 491. The points system, however, is bound to ensure applicants benefit with extra points granted by the government.


 Moreover, the Department decided to introduce a new Parent Visa Australia consisting of several features. When the issue in hand is to do with parent visas, individuals can file their applications without providing the balance of family test requirements. A close look at significant changes will be rolled out from November onwards, i.e. the fourth quarter of the year. Some of them include—

Subclass 491 will be implemented on a full-fledged basis.

Employer Sponsored Visa to be recognized as Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa—subclass 494. It will benefit applicants in regional Australia. The visa comprises two streams—Labor Agreement and Employer-Sponsored. It will replace Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa—subclass 187.

Other visa updates pertain to points awarded to those applicants who want to be with de facto partners in the country. Some instances include—

a. De facto partner or skilled spouse can earn 10 points. It is, however, advisable that your partner has to be an Australian permanent resident or an Australian Citizen. The points will be of great help to claim the required points.

b. Every applicant nominated by the territory or state government will obtain 15 points. It augurs well for those applicants who are sponsored by their relatives in the country’s regional areas. All the more it is advantageous with the country favoring applicants to come and work in Regional Areas.

c. Those possessing qualifications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects will secure 10 points.

d. 10 points for those who are single applicants.

f. 10 points for a skilled spouse or de facto partner;

e. Whereas, 5 points in case your de facto partner or spouse is competent in the English language.


The Department has decided to introduce a new Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa referred to as Subclass 191 by November 2022. Only those applicants with Australian visa subclasses 491 and subclass 494 can apply for the 191 Visa. Interestingly, applicants who are keen to work and migrate in the country can avail the visa benefits.


Academics, work experience, English language proficiency and skills are among the main features that will enable you to secure good immigration points for Permanent Residency. If you have extra education qualification and work experience in both your home country and Australia, you can claim extra points. Higher marks in the English language test also encourages you to score high. These details are of help to you in short-run.

In a nutshell, numerous changes are occurring specifically in the realm of immigration sector. In the case of advice or opinion, you can interact with an efficient panel of Registered Migration Agents who also lead a team of immigration consultants. With the vast expertise and many years of experience, they are the best practitioners as far as immigration services in Australia are concerned!

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