Australia government is introducing new regional visas to attract skilled migrants to live and work in regional areas. Permanent residency are available to skilled workers and their family after 3 years in regional Australia.
In a bid to lure skilled workers from the cities, migrants can apply for PR after 3 years in regional area. Prime Minister Scott Morrison outlined the new approach
to immigration, saying population was a “key component” to Australia’s economy. “Our population has been a key component of our economic growth, equally our population, if not well managed, can retard growth,” Mr Morrison said.
With a 99 per cent compliance rate where skilled workers are required to live and work in regional Australia for three years before they can apply for permanent residency. There will be an extra 23,000 regional spots which comprise of 9,000 places for employer-nominated stream and 14,000 spots for state or territory-nominated stream.
“By linking the requirement that a person stays in a regional area for three years to their permanent residency, we will see a very, very high level of compliance with that requirement. “Because if people don’t comply, they won’t get permanent residency and they will not be allowed to settle in Australia.” Mr Morrison said.
“This is about managing populations, it’s about infrastructure investments, it’s about congestion busting on our roads,” Mr Morrison told Seven’s Sunrise on Wednesday. “It’s about having social cohesion programs … which is more about bringing Australians together.”
The nation’s annual migration intake is being slashed by 30,000 places in an attempt to ease population pressures on congested capitals.
The government is cutting the annual migration ceiling from 190,000 to 160,000 places for the next four years. It does not expect the reduction to have any impact to the federal budget.
Population Minister Alan Tudge said many smaller cities were crying out for more people, with an estimated 47,000 job vacancies in regional Australia. Some regional areas simply cannot fill the jobs available,” he said.
He pointed out the vast majority of migrants had settled in the capital cities, putting significant pressure on roads and public transport. In an attempt to arrest this trend, the government is introducing two new visas requiring skilled workers to stay in the regions for three years before applying for permanent residency.
There will be 23,000 set aside for the new regional visas, which more than triples the number of migrants currently forced to spend two years in the bush.
The number of employer-sponsored skilled migrants allowed into Australia is being bumped up slightly to 39,000 places, but there will be no change to the family stream of the program, which offers 48,000 visas. Meanwhile, tertiary scholarships worth $15,000 will be offered to 1000 local and international
students each year to attend university in the regions. Overseas students will also be able to work in Australia for an extra year after graduating from regional institutions.