NSW Eases PR Rules for Skilled Workers in Regional Areas

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The NSW or New South Wales government in Australia has eased the Permanent Residency or PR rule for the skilled workers. The government, as per its continuing 2023-24 migration program, has allowed the skilled professionals working in regional areas to apply for the Subclass 491 visa directly through Investment NSW.

Using the Subclass 491 visa program, the NSW government has been prioritising different industries like health, education, infrastructure and agriculture.

Under the subclass, there are two pathways for NSW nomination; Pathway 1 and Pathway 2.

Pathway 1

Candidates with verified work experience may apply directly to Investment NSW if the employer is located in a regional area of New South Wales.

For Pathway 1, the previous rule was the applicant must have been living and working in a designated regional area of NSW for at least 12 months with a single regional NSW-based employer.

The modification in the rule stated that the government decided to reduce the employment duration requirement to 6 months from the earlier 12 months.

To further promote regional growth and the local economy, the regulation change will make the pathway more accessible to talented professionals who live and work in regional NSW.

More skilled workers will be able to apply for the Skilled Work Regional visa under Pathway 1 as a result of this regulation change.

According to a statement from the NSW government, this policy change was made as part of the continuous effort to promote regional NSW by drawing in qualified workers.

Pathway 2

However, no new changes have been introduced in the Pathway 2 rules. In the traditional way, applicants are still invited to apply by Investment NSW.

Investment NSW will invite applicants to apply for nomination based on predetermined selection criteria.

Pathway 1 has experienced changes on the employment duration requirement which has been changed from 12 months to 6 months.

Pathway 2 has remained unchanged.

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