Skilled Migration Program

Important information you need to know about COVID19 and migration:

COVID19 Concessions

From 19 September 2020 eligible applicants for the 887 visa pathway are now eligible for a range of concessions to assist with their PR pathway.

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Emergency relief support for people on temporary visas

The Australian Red Cross has received Government funding specifically to support people who are on temporary visas with a small one-off emergency relief payment.


You are eligible if you:

  • are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident; and

  • are not eligible for State or Territory funds for temporary visa holders (except those delivered by Red Cross); and

  • have no income or savings and no access to other support.

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Skilled Migration Program

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa subclass 491

Not responsible for delivery of 491 program...

Australian Government changes to Immigration program

The Australian Government has announced changes to our immigration program to strengthen our economy and boost our regional areas. The changes include:

  • two new Skilled Regional Provisional visas. Full details will be provided when advised.

  • a new permanent resident visa for new regional provisional visa holders

  • a simplified definition of regional Australia for skilled migration purposes

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

  • extra options for international students who graduate from regional universities

Department of Home Affairs have made these changes to will help get the right skills into the right regions to support regional businesses and ensure local communities thrive. The link to this information provided by Department of Home Affairs can be found in each visa category below.

RDA-Sydney invites skilled migrants to enjoy the lifestyle of regional Australia by applying for sponsorship to live and work in the Sydney region under either the individual Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 visa  (new visa being introduced by Department of Home Affairs on 16 November 2019) or the Employer Nominated Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa subclass 494.

The RSMS visa enables regional employers to sponsor overseas skilled workers and employ them to work in skilled vacant positions which cannot be filled using the local labour market.

Under the SWR subclass 491 visa, the RCB will assist overseas skilled workers wishing to migrate to Australian through the NSW State Regional nomination.

Under the SESR subclass 494 visa, the RCB assists employers to permanently employ overseas skilled workers by assessing the Employer Nomination applications which are submitted to the Department of Home Affairs. 

Additional information

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa subclass 494

This new regional employer visa was introduced on 16 November 2019. For information “click here”


RDA-Sydney provides an assessment for the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa subclass 494 as a Regional Certifying Body (RCB). This 5 year visa enables skilled migrants to work for a regional employer for a minimum of three years and enjoy the lifestyle of regional Australia.

The program aims to attract young, skilled, English speaking migrants to areas of Australia where they are most needed. Generally, skilled migrants are under 45 years of age, have competent English, at least diploma/trade level qualifications or above (nominated position must be an ANZSCO skill level 1-3 occupation) and relevant work experience.

Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for any other information

Before submitting a Employer Nomination with this office ensure the position is located in the Sydney Region. 

If the nominee requires a Skills Assessment to be included with their visa application when submitting to the Department of Home Affairs please check with the Assessing Authority their time frame in processing the skills assessment as they may take up to six months to provide

Administration Fees

RDA-Riverina provides these services through its Skilled Migration Officer and an administration fee applies for assessing and processing applications. This amount is in addition to any Visa application fee payable to the Department of Home Affairs.

The fee for certification/nomination is as follows and is payable by cheque or direct deposit (credit cards not accepted). For bank details please send an email to the Riverina Skilled Migration Officer.

Effective from 1 July 2019 RDA Riverina Administration fees are:

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa subclass 494

  • AUD$770 (incl. GST)

  • The Administration Fees are non-refundable.

For more information, or to apply, visit SkillSelect

RDA Sydney provides assistance to employers through its Skilled Migration Officer. Processing applications incurs an administration fee ($770 incl GST). For payment details send an email to the Skilled Migration Officer (see below).

NB: Please allow approximately one month for applications to be processed; therefore employers need to consider this when submitting their application. The employer may also be required to pay an additional fee to the Department of Home Affairs. See the Department of Home Affairs website above for details.

The following documents provide further information:

Please review the checklist before submitting an RSMS Nomination.  

It is recommended that employers contact the RDA-Sydney Skilled Migration Officer, ________ –on ___________________ or by email migration@rdasydney.org.au to discuss the details further. 
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