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New Skilled Regional Visas

As part of my Government’s commitment to tackling skills shortages in regional Australia skilled migrants who commit to living and working in a regional area will have access to two new skilled provisional visas.


  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa: for people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia.
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa: for people who are nominated by a State or Territory Government or sponsored by an eligible family member to live and work in regional Australia.

Successful regional visa applicants will become eligible to apply for permanent residency if they can demonstrate they have lived and worked in regional Australia for three year.


Applicants for the two new visas will receive priority processing and have access to a wider range of jobs than those applying to migrate to our major cities.