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New instrument on how to make valid application for subclass 494

"The instrument operates to specify the requirements for making an application for a Subclass 494 visa. For the purposes of subitem 1242(1) of Schedule 1 to the Regulations, the instrument specifies the approved form for making a valid application. For the purposes of paragraph 1242(3)(a) of Schedule 1 to the Regulations, the instrument also specifies the manner in which an application must be made".

New instrument specifies Regional Certifying Bodies

"The instrument specifies bodies as Regional Certifying Bodies, who can give advice to the Minister about the matters set out in subregulation 2.72C(18) of the Regulations, in relation to applications for approval of an nomination for a subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) visa".

Postcodes specified for regional areas

The new legislative instrument specifies the postcodes that constitute "regional areas" for the purposes of the new regional visas and subclasses 189, 190, 888 and 892

New instrument on subclasses 407, 457, 482 & 494

The new legislative instrument specifies the forms and fees for the purposes of: an application for approval as a standard business sponsor or a temporary activities sponsor, or to vary a term of approval as a temporary activities sponsor; a nomination of an occupation in relation to a subclass 457, 482 (TSS) or 494 (new regional visa). It also specifies: the circumstances in which a sponsorship application or nomination can be made in a different way, the different way, and the approved form; and the process for nomination of a program of occupational training for a Subclass 407 (Training) visa.

Assessing authorities for subclass 494 visa

The new instrument specifies the assessing authorities for the new subclass 494 (regional) visa. For some occupations, the assessing authorities will depend on the date of the assessment, as we explain in this article.

Adult Migrant English Program for new regional visa holders

"the instrument specifies ... that holders of the new [regional visas] are eligible for approved English courses through the AMEP"

Pool & pass marks for subclasses 491, 189 and 190

The new instrument specifies the pool and pass marks for the following visa subclasses: 491, 189 and 190

Occupations for subclass 494 visas

The new instrument specifies the occupations for subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) visas. Special requirements apply to some of the occupations, as we explain in this article.

Exempt occupations

The new instrument specifies exempt occupations for the following visa subclasses: 482 (TSS), 457, 186, 187 and 494

Form and place & manner of application for skilled and graduate visas

The new instrument specifies the approved form and the place and manner in which applications must be lodged for the following visa subclasses: 189, 190, 485, 476, 489, 491 and 887.

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