New Regional Provisional Visas

Since the past few years there has been a steady increase in the number of Temporary visas in Australia. As per recent data it has been constant at 240,000 over a year, which shows an interesting combination of permanent and temporary visa being issued to support Australian Immigration.

 As per the Research by Morgan and Stanley depicted through the below graph:

To further develop Regional Australia’s Economy, DoHA has proposed 2 New regional visa categories which require that the applicant has either a “regional” employer or a close-relative living in a “regional” area

These two new Skilled Regional Provisional visas will be:

  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa: for people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia.
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa: 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.

All of Australia will be considered ‘Regional’- except the metropolitan areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Perth.

All eligible applicants will be required to live and work in a regional area of Australia for at least three years before they are eligible to apply for permanent residence.

The proposed visa’s salient features are as follows:

  • Initiates from November 2019
  • Faster processing
  • Additional Skilled Occupations
  • Valid for Five years
  • Applications lodged prior to commencement date will continue to be processed as usual
  • 3 years living and working in a regional area to be eligible for PR

Basic information available so far

  • Allocation of 9000 places
  • ‘Almost’ 700 eligible occupations


New permanent visa pathway

In November 2022, pathway to a new Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa, will also be available for holders of the new regional provisional.

This new visa will provide further incentives for migrants to bring their skills to regional Australia and enhance the Australian economy

Further to this, there are 3 new Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA) announced, namely:

  1. Kalgoorlie-Boulder (Goldfields) WA – 73 occupations – 500 people per year
  2. Regional South Australia – 114 occupations – 750 people per year
  3. Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement – 60 occupations – 300 people per year