There’s been some controversy surrounding the announcement that the 457 visa would cease to exist in 2018 with many Skilled Migrants to Australia worrying that their hopes of moving to Australia would be dashed. However, there is much to be said for the subclass 489 visa which has replaced the 457 visa.
Here, we take a look at some of the 489 visa benefits, but of course, if you have further queries regarding visas for Australia, you should speak with a Registered Migration Agent.
Some of the added bonuses of the subclass 489 visa include:
An increase in the points score
You are required to gain 60 points with a State nomination, however, when the demand exceeds supply the visa applicant will need a higher points score to increase the likelihood of receiving an invitation from the Australian Government before submitting the relevant visa application for their circumstances.
The processing time of 489 visa
Many invitations to apply for a subclass 489 visa have been issued promptly. This is dependent on the Nominated Region agreeing to sponsor the visa applicant.
Work Experience Required for subclass 887 visa
As stated in a previous post, the applicant can work in any occupation – including casual jobs as long as it equates to 35 hours per week and is within a regional area.
No Points Test for subclass 887 visa
Another benefit is that once on a 489 visa you are not subject to scoring points. However, there are criteria that must be met to be eligible for this visa.
No English Language Test
If you are transitioning from a 489 visa to an 887 then you will not be required to go through the English Language Testing requirements.
No age limits!
For the subclass 887 there is no age requirement when transitioning from a 489 visa. However, you must be under the age of 45 to apply for a 489 subclass visa.
Registered Migration Agent
To find out more about applying for a subclass 489 visa or if you are wishing to transition from a subclass 489 visa to a subclass 887 visa speak with one of our Registered Migration Agents.