Applying for this visa is the second stage to you gaining permanent residency after you have been the holder a Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa.
To be eligible for this visa, you must have:
1. been in Australia for two years as the holder of a Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (or certain other skilled regional visas that are now closed to new applications – see below);
2. lived in a “regional or low population growth area” of Australia (if you were nominated by an Australian State or Territory Government) or a “designated area” (if you were sponsored by an Australian relative) – (see the Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa page for definitions of these terms);
3. worked full-time (35 hours per week or more) for at least 12 months while you held your Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa. You can meet the work requirement if you worked at least 35 hours a week in one full-time job or in two or more part-time jobs. You can include any paid employment or self-employment;
4. complied with the visa conditions attached to your Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa; and
5. meet health and character tests.
You must have held one of the following visas for at least two years before applying for this visa, but they do not have to be the two years immediately before you apply:
1. Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489);
2. Skilled Independent Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 495);
3. Skilled Designated Area Sponsored (Provisional) visa (subclass 496); or
4. Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475 or 487).
5. The last three of the visas above are closed to new applications.
If the visa is granted, you will gain permanent residency and can stay in Australia indefinitely, work and study in Australia, enrol in Medicare and sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residency.
Our experienced immigration lawyers have handled many successful Skilled Regional Visa applications. We will ensure your application is given the best prospects of success.
We offer all our prospective clients an initial meeting, during which we will thoroughly explain the law surrounding this visa to you and inform you of the process moving forward.
To organize a initial consultation with us, please contact one of our experienced immigration lawyers on (02) 9590 3987.