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16 November 2019 changes
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)
On 16 November 2019, the new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) commenced.
This visa is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia and is valid for five years.
People who are granted a subclass 491 visa may be able to apply for a Permanent Residence (Skilled
Regional) visa (subclass 191) once certain requirements are met.
Intending migrants can now submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the new subclass 491 visa.
Points test changes
On 16 November 2019, changes were made to the points test for General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas.
These changes apply to all GSM visa applications which have not been assessed under the GSM points test
prior to 16 November 2019
Changes to Partner points
who do not have a spouse or de facto partner are eligible to claim 10 points
with a spouse or de facto partner who is an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident are
eligible to claim 10 points
with a skilled spouse or de facto partner who:
will be included in the visa application for the same subclass of visa as the intending
is not an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident;
is under 45 years of age;
has nominated a skilled occupation;
has a suitable skills assessment by the relevant assessing authority for the nominated
occupation and the assessment was not for a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa; and
has at least ‘Competent English’
are eligible to claim 10 points (increased from 5 points)
with a spouse or de facto partner who has ‘Competent English’, who is not an Australian citizen or
Australian permanent resident and who will be included in the visa application for the same visa
subclass as the intending migrant, are eligible to claim 5 points.
Other changes to the points test from 16 November 2019
who claim a specialist education qualification are eligible to claim 10 points (increased from 5 points)
who seek visa subclass 491 nomination from a State or Territory government agency or are
sponsored by an eligible family member can claim 15 points (previously 10 points).
More information on the points test is available at: subclass 491 – points-table
New Regional Postcodes
On 16 November 2019, the Designated Regional Area instrument commenced. The instrument specifies
postcodes eligible for points in Regional Study or subclass 491 nomination by a State or Territory
government or sponsorship by an eligible family member.
More information is available at: eligible regional areas
Intending migrants who had an EOI in ‘submitted’ status prior to 16 November 2019, may now be eligible for
regional study points because areas regarded as regional have expanded as a result of the new Designated
Regional Area definition.
EOIs submitted before 16 November 2019
SkillSelect will automatically update EOIs in ‘submitted’ status to attribute any additional points, where
required information was held in SkillSelect before 16 November 2019
This includes cases where an intending migrant indicated in their EOI, they do not have a spouse or de facto
partner; or their spouse or de facto partner is an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident. The
date of effect* will not change where points are automatically updated.
Points will also automatically update when claiming skilled partner points and/or a specialist educational
qualification. The date of effect will not change.
Updating an EOI on or after 16 November 2019
Where an EOI was submitted before 16 November 2019 and information was not held in SkillSelect at that
time, an intending migrant can choose to update their EOI to claim any additional points (as applicable). The
date of effect will change in these cases.
This includes situations where an intending migrant wants to claim points for a spouse or de facto partner
with ‘Competent English’ only. In this circumstance, an intending migrant can now update their EOI to
answer questions on their partner’s English language ability. Where additional points are claimed, the date of
effect will change.
Where an intending migrant chooses to update their EOI to claim points for regional study, because they are
now eligible, the EOI date of effect will also change. However, if they had submitted an EOI prior to
16 November 2019 and had already claimed points for regional study, the EOI date of effect will not change.
EOIs in ‘suspended’ status
EOIs which had a ‘suspended’ status on 16 November 2019, will not have any points automatically
attributed or updated.
Intending migrants can update EOIs with a ‘suspended’ status and may be required to answer new questions
as a result of changes to the points test. If their points score changes, their EOI date of effect will change.
EOIs in ‘draft’ status
From 16 November 2019, intending migrants with an EOI with a ‘draft’ status can update their EOI in
SkillSelect. They may be required to answer additional questions as a result of changes to the points test.
Adding subclass 491 to an existing EOI
From 16 November 2019, intending migrants can add subclass 491 to a submitted EOI. The date of effect for
the subclass 491 will be the date it is added. Where this is the only change, the date of effect for previously
selected subclasses will not change.
If an intending migrant updates their EOI and this changes their indicative points test score, the date of effect
will change for the relevant visa subclass/es.
* Date of effect is the date and time the intending migrant submitted their EOI for the relevant visa subclass.age 2 of 3