Perth and Gold Coast set to be classified as Regional Centers in bid to attract more International Students and Skilled Workers
This comes as the Australian government announced on the 26 of October that it would add these two locations in a bid to attract more international students and those looking to immigrate to the country.
|Cities and major regional centres||Perth
Sunshine Coast Canberra Newcastle/Lake Macquarie
|Regional centres and other regional areas||All other locations
What this means for International Students
If you chose to or are currently studying a Bachelor degree or higher in Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong, Illawarra, Geelong or Hobart, you will be eligible to receive an extra year in Australia with the Temporary Graduate Visa.
For those of you who plan to study or are currently studying a Bachelor degree or higher in another regional area, you will be eligible for an extra 2 years in Australia with the Temporary Graduate Visa.
Additionally, regional areas will have access to priority in negotiating region-specific Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs). However, this does not apply to the above listed regional centers.
You will also be eligible to receive an additional 5 points in the skilled visa points grid.
Vocational education and training (VET) graduates, who accomplish a Certificate III level or above qualification in Western Australia, will be included in the State Nomination Migration Program (SNMP) graduate stream.
What this means for others
These new changes will impact businesses seeking workers and skilled workers considering to apply for one of the new regional visas, which are the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa Subclass 491 and the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Provisional visa Subclass 494.
The Australian Government also announced another 2,000 seats for regional visa quota. Those applying for a regional visa also have the opportunity to give priority to their visa applications.
What to do now
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