The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has suggested that mainly NON-PRO RATA occupations on (MLTSSL) Medium and long term strategic skill list will now be invited for 491 family-sponsored visas. It will become almost impossible to get invitations under PRO-RATA occupation because these places will be taken up by an Australian 189 visa in each round. Thus, it is equivalent to the old 1489 policy.
As per DHA, it is stated that” If all the places are used up by Australian Subclass 189 visas, further there will be no invitations that are issued for Regional Subclass 491 under these occupations”.
According to estimation by DHA, there are approx. 18,000 EOIs (Expression of Interest) for NON-PRO RATA occupations in the skill select system under (MLTSSL) medium and long term strategic skill list.
On their rough estimation, there are around 30% EOIs out of 18000, having some relative in Australia who is holder of permanent residency or citizen and around 20% EOIs is now designated regional areas of Australia.
Therefore, it implies that with (30% × 20%) 6% of 18,000 EOIs are now been qualified for sponsorship under Australia 491 Family stream, which will equals to 1080 EOIs for the entire year.
There are around 60 new EOIs to be applied for every month who will be qualified until and unless Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is going to assign a very few smaller number of places for the category of family relative sponsored visa, which they are about to run out of qualified EOIs very quickly.
For the Australian Visa 491 Family Sponsored visa, 50 points, includes (+15 sponsor points) are quite enough.
By given this news, it can be concluded that either regional 491 family streams will almost be negligible or the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) will in need for adjusting this policy with inviting PRO RATA occupations.
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