Migration (Designated regional areas for certain skilled and temporary graduate visas) Instrument (LIN 22/022) 2022, dated 17 February 2022, expands the parts and areas of Australia to be included as designated regional areas for certain skilled and temporary graduate visas, specifically for sub regulation 1.15M(1), the definition of regional Australia in sub-regulation 5.19(16), and for subparagraph 888.226(2)(c)(i) and paragraph 892.213(3)(b) of Schedule 2 to the Regulations. The instrument includes Moreton Bay and Ipswich, Queensland in the definition of regional Australia, as specified areas for skilled and temporary graduate visas.
The instrument applies to the following processes that take place after its commencement:
a) a nomination made under paragraph 140GB(1)(b) of the Migration Act 1958 (the Act).
b) an application for approval of a nomination made under subregulation 5.19(1)) of the Regulations, it relates toRegional Sponsored Migration Scheme(Subclass 187) visa in the Temporary Residence Transition stream;
c) an application made for any of the following visas:
i. a Temporary Graduatevisa(Subclass 485) in thesecond post-study work stream;
ii. a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional)visa(Subclass 491);
iii. aBusiness Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa(Subclass 888);
iv. a State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner visa(Subclass 892);
d) an assessment made under section 93 of the Act, it relates to the the assessment on a points based system by the Minister for applications of SkilledIndependent visa(Subclass 189) in the points-tested stream, Skilled Nominatedvisa (Subclass 190),Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491) .
e) a grant of any of the following visas:
i. aTemporary Graduatevisa(Subclass 485) in thesecond post-study work stream;
ii. a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa(Subclass 491);
iii. aSkilled Regional (Provisional) visa(Subclass 489).
The instrument has also repealedMigration (Regional Areas) Instrument (LIN 20/292) 2020 (F2021L00044) and is replaced by operative provisions of this instrument.
The instrument is registered on the Federal Register of Legislation on 2 March 2022 andcommenced on 5 March 2022.
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