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Decision to reclassify Perth and Gold Coast as regional cities to benefit skilled immigrants, internationals students

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The Australia government’s decision to reclassify Perth and Gold Coast as regional cities will prove beneficial for international students and skilled workers, the immigration experts have observed. This re-classification will come into effect from 16th November 2019.
The Australia government has re-classified Perth and the Gold Coast with an aim to ease the pressure on Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. These cities now hold close to 70 per cent of the population growth of Australia.
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The new move has made Perth and Gold Coast more attractive for international students and skilled workers. It is expected that the changed status of these Australian cities would promote creation of local jobs in regional areas. Further, international students choosing to study in these cities would be able to enjoy the incentives for studying in regional areas of Australia. In turn, it would help these cities get an increased share of international students and skilled workers.
International students choosing to study in regional areas get to enjoy many benefits. They will be eligible for an additional year in Australia on a post-study work visa. With this, they would be able to earn valuable Australian work experience, income and financial stability after studies.
The decision to reclassify Perth and the Gold Coast as regional cities  would positively affect certain visa types, which include:
Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate Visa)
Those who have graduated from universities/colleges based in an Australia region are entitled to apply for the subclass 485 visa for a second time. To be eligible for this, the holder must have resided in the regional area when they were holding their first Temporary Graduate Visa. Even while holding their second subclass 485 visa, they need to reside in the same regional area. For example, graduates of the universities in Perth must be living in Perth itself for the validity of the subclass 485 visa. The validity of this visa is one year.
Subclass 482 (Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa)
Employers in Perth and Gold Coast can now nominate international workers on 482 visas in occupations on the Regional Occupation List (ROL). The eligible employees can be nominated for up to four years. After three years, the employees may apply for permanent residency through the subclass 186 visa.
Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional Visa)
The Subclass 491 visa holders need to live in a designated regional area for three years after which they can apply for permanent residency in Australia via subclass 191 visa.
Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer-Sponsored Visa)
The Skilled Employer-sponsored visa allows the holder to apply for permanent residence in Australia via the 191 visa after living for three years in the designated regional area. Under this visa, local businesses in Perth and the Gold Coast would now be able to nominate employees for a period of five years.
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