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Skilled Migration in the Northern Rivers

Under the Department of Home Affairs’ Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (187 Visa) (RSMS), RDA Northern Rivers performed the role of Regional Certifying Body (RCB), which entails providing advice to the Department about a nominating employer and how they meet the required criteria, including the inability to fill the nominated position locally. Until November 2019 RDA Northern Rivers also assessed applications from prospective skilled migrations for the NSW Government nominated Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (sub-class 489).

In November 2019 the Australian Government introduced two new skilled regional provisional visas:

  1. Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa subclass 494: for people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia has replaced the RSMS 187 Visa.
  2. Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491): for people who are nominated by a State or Territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member to live and work in regional Australia has replaced the 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa.

RDA Northern Rivers continues to be the RCB for the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa subclass 494. Further information about this visa is available from the Department of Home Affairs.

RDA Northern Rivers does not assess the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491). Applicants must direct their applications to the NSW State Government.

More information about the Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) Visa is available from the Department of Home Affairs.

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