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 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:
- Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa subclass 494: for people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia has replaced the RSMS 187 Visa.
- 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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