Transitional arrangements for 489 to 491 visa and 187 to 494 visa

In preparation to the introduction of the new Skilled Regional visas in November, the Immigration department has announced further details on the implementation dates for the 491 and 494 visas, and transitional arrangements for Subclass 489 and RSMS 187 visas.

Transitional arrangements:

RSMS nominations lodged before 16 November 2019 in the below circumstances are taken to be withdrawn on 16 November 2019:

  • nomination has not been approved or refused before 16 November 2019; and
  • nominee is not a transitional 457 worker or a transitional 482 worker; and
  • nominee has not lodged a 187 visa application before 16 November 2019
Transitional arrangements
I have … I can…
an existing SBS sponsorship •        nominate overseas workers under the TSS program or the new SESR 494 visa program
an approved RSMS 187 DE nomination but a visa application has not been lodged •        not lodge an RSMS DE visa application

•        request the SAF levy be refunded as my nomination cannot be used

an approved RSMS  187 TRT nomination but a visa application has not been lodged, and my nominee is not a transitional 457 or 482 worker •        not lodge an RSMS TRT visa application

•        request the SAF levy be refunded as my nomination cannot be used

an approved RSMS 187 TRT nomination but a visa application has not been lodged, and my nominee is a transitional 457 or 482 worker •        lodge an RSMS  187 TRT visa application
an RSMS nomination (DE or TRT) that hasn’t been approved or refused, a visa application has not been lodged, and my nominee is not a transitional 457 or 482 worker •        request the SAF levy be refunded as my nomination is deemed to be withdrawn

Transitional arrangements for the closure of the Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 visa program. The following timeline has been provided by the Department:

Visa Subclass 1 July 10 Sept 11 Sept 15 Nov 16 Nov
Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 489) Invitations can be issued

EOIs can be submitted

Nominations can be made

Applications for visas can be lodged

Last day to nominate and invite

Last day for EOIs

Applications for visas can be lodged

NO further nominations made

NO further invitations made

NO further EOIs submitted

Applications close

11:59pm 15/11/19

SC 489 Program closed

Transitional arrangements to SC 887 for existing SC 489 VH

New visas from 16 November 2019

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Legislation

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