491 Visa Updates

491 Visa Updates

With the new immigration policies being updated, many people may feel discouraged that Australia does not welcome immigration. In fact, as the population of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane has become saturated, the Australian government has begun to encourage new immigrants from remote areas.

The requirements for the 190 visa in each state is quite high which makes it harder for most people to obtain therefore the 491 visa is currently the best choice for immigrants.

The 491 State guarantee has a significant reduction compared to the 190 state guarantee:

  1. Career assessment
  2. EOI 50 (excluding state guarantee points)
  3. Meet specific requirements of state government nominations

What are the requirements for a 491 to 191 PR?

The only requirement is to be working and living in regional areas and meeting salary requirements. There is no EOI requirement.

Is it possible to swap principal and secondary applicants?

YES, YOU CAN! In the supplementary note to the PR, the Australian Government stated that the principal and deputy applicants are interchangeable. For example, in the beginning, a husband-based applicant applied for a 491 visa and was awarded a visa. However, due to various reasons, the salary requirements could not be met. Later, when applying for a 191 PR, the wife can be used as the main applicant. Note: The principal and vice applicants must all work and live in the designated area.

In another case, if the spouse lives in the country or in a non-designated area, the main applicant can apply for a 191 PR alone, and then apply for spousal immigration.

What are the remote areas?

Most locations of Australia outside major cities (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane) are classed as designated regional areas for migration purposes.

Regional areas include Perth, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Lake Macquarie, Illawarra, Geelong, Newcastle, Wollongong, Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra.

How can you meet the minimum wage requirements?

$53,900 salary is the taxable income for the whole year = salary + investment + part-time job + …

New immigrants can meet the minimum income by having the options to invest in real estate, work part-time jobs based on their financial situation. These incomes are all taxable. If the salary requirements are not met, life in Australia can be relatively difficult as applicants may struggle to fulfill the requirements of the 491 visa to then successfully apply for a PR later on.

Can I move from one remote area to another?

From the state government’s perspective, applicants must live in their own state; but from the federal government’s perspective, you can only move if it is in a regional area. It is worth mentioning that future applications for 191 are for the federal government and do not require state nominations. It is preferable that you stay and live in your nominated state for the required amount of time. If for whatever reason, you need to move to other remote areas, you may be at a risk of not fulfilling the visa requirements which will make it harder for you to satisfy the visa regional requirements and might take you even longer to apply for a Permanent Residency.

Is it possible to rent a house in a designated area and then move into living in a big city?

The 491 to 191 is strictly examined. It is best not to take any risks that can have a negative impact towards applying for a PR. In addition to proof of rent, daily credit card / bank card and spending records also need to be reviewed. This is your responsibility to make sure you have all the financial evidence to be provided.

What are the benefits of the 491?

The Australian government has confirmed that 491 holders can enjoy Medicare health insurance benefits. Regarding buying a house, education and other benefits will be confirmed one after another.

FULL ARTICLE ON VISA 491 HERE https://tinyurl.com/sapmzw7

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