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Australian Federal Government Consider Changes to Regional Visa Requirements

Feb 14. 2019

It has been announced that the Australian Federal Government are currently giving consideration to the potential to extend the minimum time period that migrants have the right to remain in their area of employment.

Should the proposal come into effect, the change in the mandatory regional settlement period would see some migrants being able to remain in the area for five years, rather than two.  This is currently being reviewed by the Morrison cabinet and had previously been under review by the Turnbull government.

The change in legislation would affect a number of visa streams, including; the 489 Skilled (provisional), regional sponsored migration scheme (RSMG) and skilled regional (permanent) 887 visa program. The regional sponsored migration scheme category is relevant to all areas of the country with the exception of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne.

The proposal for the change in legislation has been based on research findings which indicate that one out of 10 migrants who move to Australia under a regional visa program have subsequently then moved to a city like Sydney or Melbourne within 18 months.

Burke Bros Moving Group ship regularly to all parts of Australia and can arrange storage. If you require any further information on our shipping services or would like to be directed to further sources of visa information please don’t hesitate to contact our international department on 01902 714555 or email sales@burkebros.co.uk. Our dedicated page on services to Australia can be found here.

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