Episode Summary:

There are many ways for skilled migrants to work and live in Australia and make it their permanent home. Regional Migration is one such way to make this move a possibility. The regional migration program consists of:

• 2 skilled regional provisional visas that provide a pathway to permanent residence.

• a skilled regional permanent resident visa (from November 2022) – subclass 191.

• additional points under the Skilled Migration Points Test for skilled migrants nominated to live and work in regional Australia.

• more options for international students who graduate from regional universities.

In this episode Amitava sheds light on the truth about living and working in regional areas. He navigates the complex landscape of Designated Regional Areas defined by the Department of Home Affairs. Listen to him spit facts on moving between regional areas for better employment opportunities. Quite a few skilled workers are sponsored by employers and move to regional Australia. What happens when they lose their job or if they are offered better employment opportunities by another employer? How can they continue to extend their stay? These are questions Amitava answers along with discussing pathways to PR.

Main Topics:

• (00:00) Regional Migration Program

• (04:30) Living in a Regional Area

• (05:36) Employment Opportunities

• (07:27) Moving to Another Regional Area

• (09:34) Switching Employer on a 494 Visa

• (11:14) Medicare

• (11:52) Tuition Fee Primary & Secondary School

• (12:56) Securing Home Loan on 491 or 494

• (13:55) Pathways to PR

Additional Resources:

Designated Regional Area

NSW Government School Tuition Fees

Victoria Government School Tuition Fees

South Australia Government School Tuition Fees

Queensland Government School Tuition Fees

Western Australia Government School Tuition Fees


Subclass 491, 494, 191, Designated Regional Areas, Medicare

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