Australia government has declared 2,000 more work visas to welcome international skilled workers looking to live in regional areas of Australia.

Sam Hopwood, the immigration expert at Sable International, has said that the numbers of regional visas have been extended to control the growing number of international immigrants to popular cities like Melbourne and Sydney.

Under this visa scheme, companies located in regional areas of Australia will suppose to attract skilled international workers to cover the skilled positions to help develop these areas.

 Hopwood stated, “Contrary to what most people believe, regional Australia is not all bush and outback. Over eight million people currently live in these regions, which are made up of towns and small cities.”.

“Following the increase in the regional visa cap, the government has also updated the list of areas that fall under regional Australia,” he added.

The list of locations includes New South Wales (Excludes Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast, and Wollongong), South Australia, Norfolk Island, Victoria (except the Melbourne metropolitan), Tasmania,  Western Australia, Queensland (except the greater Brisbane area), Northern Territory, and Australian Capital Territory.

David Coleman, Australia’s Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, has told that more than sixty-thousand jobs are available in regional Australia.

The required skills may vary from region to region.

Hopwood also told that migrants may move to Australia on a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) or a Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

Under this visa, a migrant may live and work in a designated regional area for 5 years. Migrants may bring their families with them and leave or re-enter Australia multiple times.

Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)

This visa will allow a migrant to stay and work in Australia for 5 years. To get this visa, the candidate will be required to be selected by an Australian organization and work for under that organization when you move to regional Australia.

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