COVID-19 update for Temporary Skilled visa holders
There are around 139,000 temporary skilled visa holders, on either a 2 year or 4 year visa. They were provided the visa to fill a skills shortage – a shortage that may still be present when the crisis has passed.
Consequently, those visa holders who have been stood down, but not laid off, will maintain their visa validity and businesses will have the opportunity to extend their visa as per normal arrangements. Businesses will also be able to reduce the hours of the visa holder without the person being in breach of their visa condition.
These visa holders will also be able to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation this financial year.
Those visa holders who have been laid off due to coronavirus should leave the country in line with existing visa conditions if they are unable to secure a new sponsor. However, should a 4-year visa holder be re-employed after the coronavirus pandemic, their time already spent in Australia will count towards their permanent residency skilled work experience requirements.
For more information visit the Department of Home Affairs website https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/
You can read the Ministers media release here https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidcoleman/Pages/Coronavirus-and-Temporary-Visa-holders.aspx
Skilled Migration for the Northern Rivers
Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers (RDA NR) is making an important contribution to the Northern Rivers NSW region’s economy through its skilled migration program. For employers who need a position filled and cannot do so with local labour, skilled migrant labour can be critical. For skilled workers from overseas, these pathways to permanent residency can potentially provide an opportunity for a quality lifestyle in a quiet yet vibrant regional Australian community.
Under the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs, RDA NR performs the role of Regional Certifying Body, which entails providing advice to the Department about a nominating employer and how they meet the required criteria. Nominated employees from overseas apply for the 494 visa.
RDANR also assesses applications from prospective skilled migrations for the NSW Government nominated Skilled Regional 491 sub-class visa. Applicants are supported by RDANR and receive a State nomination if they meet the criteria and are qualified in an occupation that is considered to be needed in the Northern Rivers region. Applications are not yet open for this visa. Specific details and an application form are not yet available.
RDA – Northern Rivers is the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for two visas:
- Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) Employer Sponsored stream [visa sub-class 494]
- The Skilled Work Regional [visa sub-class 491]
This organisation is the only RCB for the Northern Rivers region of NSW, which includes the following 7 Local Government Areas:
- Clarence Valley
- Richmond Valley
Please follow the links below for detailed skilled migration information assistance.
- Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa sub-class 494
- Skilled Regional NSW (visa sub-class 491) nominations
If you are interested in relocating to this region, we encourage you to learn about it. Online information can be found on this website and also at www.northernriversnsw.com.au/the-region/