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Australia Immigration: What You Should Know?

The new fiscal year in Australia is yet to begin, but a number of Immigration rules and regulation changes are already out. Truth be told, but it is really not easy now as opposed to processing your application four to six years ago.

While Australia has been welcoming thousands of migrants each year, the government conducts yearly reviews of its legislation to address both population growth and Australian citizens’ employability rate. It may impress upon that the nation is making it tougher and tougher for people wanting to migrate to Australia from Singapore or elsewhere to penetrate, but immigration specialists such as NTRUST advocates in favour of your criteria, providing not just temporary solutions.

Rules and regulations are very dynamic, and knowing your eligibility criteria or consulting with as soon as possible is vital before your application might get compromised by the ever-changing legislation.

Below are the things that you should now in preparation for the new fiscal year coming on 1st July 2019:

Revised General Skilled Migration (GSM) Points System

  • The Department of Home Affairs (DHA)expressed their intention of revising the points system, not to make it even more difficult for applicants, but to help migrants-to-be to accumulate more points as possible. These changes will be awarded to applicants who have the ability to make the greatest economic contribution to Australia. Starting 16th November 2019, the new points system will include the following:
    • 15 points for applicants nominated under the new Subclass 491 – Regional Visa through State or Territory government or sponsored by a family member residing in regional Australia
    • 10 points for applicants with Australian Masters by research or Doctorate of at least 2 academic years in a relevant field of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or specified Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
    • 10 points for applicants who do not have a spouse or de facto relationship
    • 10 points for applicants with a positive skills assessment, minimum of competent English and below 45 years old.
    • 5 points for applicants with a spouse or de facto partner who doesn’t have a skillset, but has at least a competent level of English

Three New Visa Subclasses

  • With the goal to decongest major cities such as Sydney and Melbourne, starting November 2019, Subclass 489 – Skilled Regional will be replaced by Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional), Subclass 187 – Regional Sponsored Migration will be replaced by Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional). These two new visas require holders to live and work in a regional area for three years before they can roll it over to a permanent residency visa in which will be named Subclass 191 – Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional).

There’s still time to make it to the existing visa subclasses, but you will need to start your Australia PR application as soon as possible. Call +65 6299 0245 to book an appointment and consult with us. It is important that your casework will be assessed by MARA Registered Migration Agency only.