The Federal Government’s Assistant Minister of Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash has announced that an additional 20% of the positions available under the Major Investor Visa Scheme will be made available to regional Australia. She also announced a new dedicated business stream within the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme to allow businesses in regional areas to more easily sponsor skilled migrants.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking to start a business in the country while you’re visiting, or a businessperson already on a Business On Arrival visa wanting to know more about Business Innovation and Investment visas, there are several options available.
If you are an entrepreneur and looking for ways to start your own business then you need to be aware of Australia Business Visa 2016.
Regional work visas
There are two skilled regional provisional visas available for skilled migrants, and dependent family members, who want to live and work in regional Australia.
- Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – for people nominated by a State or Territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member to live and work in regional Australia.
- Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) – for people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia.
- Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) from November 2022.
- To be eligible for permanent residence, holders of the new skilled regional provisional visas will need to show they have lived and worked in regional Australia while holding one of these visas.
Temporary skilled visas
- Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) – Sponsorship needed
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) – This visa is closed to new applications. The extended stay pathway and subsequent entrant pathway remain open to eligible applicants.
Permanent skilled visas
- Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187) – Sponsorship needed. This visa is closed to new applications. The Temporary Residence Transition stream of the RSMS visa remains open to transitional 457 or Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) workers.
- Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887)
Working Holiday Maker visas
Pacific and seasonal work visas
Visas for workers to participate in the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme.
Temporary graduate visa
- Second Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) Post-Study Work stream visa – this visa is for holders of a first Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) Post-Study Work stream visa who graduate from a CRICOS registered education provider in a designated regional area and continued to reside in a designated regional area.