Skilled Migration for the Mid North Coast
Please be advised that all RDAs will suspend processing of the 491 Visa over the Christmas period.
The closure period for RDA Mid North Coast is from 22 December, 2022 until 6 January, 2023.
For any outstanding applications, the 2 week period will be added to the processing time of your application. Thank you for your understanding.
Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast (RDAMNC) is making an important contribution to the NSW Mid North Coast region’s economy through its skilled migration program. For employers who need a position filled and cannot do so with local labour, skilled migrant labour can be critical. For skilled workers from overseas, these pathways to permanent residency can potentially provide an opportunity for a quality lifestyle in a quiet yet vibrant regional Australian community.
Under the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs there are several regional visa options that can assist employers and prospective employees. RDAMNC’s primary involvement is with the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).
Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)
This visa enables regional employers to address identified labour shortages within their region by sponsoring skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker. The 494 Visa allows a nominee to:
- Live, work and study in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years.
- Apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time of visa grant.
Under the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs, RDAMNC performs the role of Regional Certifying Body for this visa, which entails providing advice to the Department about local labour market conditions and other relevant regional matters.
RDAMNC is the only Regional Certifying Body for the Mid North Coast region of NSW, which includes the following seven Local Government Areas:
- Coffs Harbour City
- Bellingen Shire
- Nambucca Valley
- Kempsey Shire
- Port Macquarie-Hastings
- The community of Taree
- Norfolk Island
Please follow the links below for detailed skilled migration information assistance.
Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa sub-class 494
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)
This is a provisional visa for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia and allows them to:
- stay in Australia for 5 years
- live, work and study in a designated regional areas of Australia
- travel to and from Australia as many times as you want, while the visa is valid
- apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time of visa grant.
RDAMNC accept applications under Pathway 1 from prospective skilled migrations for the NSW Government nominated Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491). Applicants are supported by RDAMNC and receive a State Sponsored nomination if they meet the criteria and are skilled in an occupation that is:
- within an ANZSCO unit group identified on the NSW Skilled Work Regional Skills List; AND
- is eligible for the Skilled Work visa (subclass 491)
- have a suitable skills assessment for their occupation
- satisfy the points test
In addition to liaising with employers and skilled migrants, RDAMNC works with community organisations which help address the challenges of settling in and engaging with a regional community.
Follow this link for more information on how to apply for a Skilled Regional NSW (visa sub-class 491) nominations
Further Information and Advice for Skilled Regional Visas
Information and Advice
Extensive information about Regional Skilled Migration Visas can be obtained from the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website: www.homeaffairs.gov.au and the NSW Government’s website: https://www.business.nsw.gov.au
If you would like to make an enquiry with the Department of Home Affairs, please visit their website: www.homeaffairs.gov.au.
The general enquiries number is 131881.
It is not the role of RDA Mid North Coast to provide migration advice. We can explain the requirements (for assessment) of the 491 and 494 visas only. You should only seek advice from a formally Registered Migration Agent. Choosing an agent based in your local region could be advantageous, due to local knowledge, regional commitment and general logistic efficiencies.
Contact Details for Skilled Migration
Email applications and enquiries:
firstname.lastname@example.org – please limit each email to 10MB
ATTN: Migration Officer
Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast
PO Box 83
Macksville NSW 2447
Supporting documentation for 494 and 491 visa nominations can be considerable. Sending by email is the preferred option but if you prefer to post, documents should be photocopies (certified where appropriate).
The Mid North Coast Region
If you are interested in relocating to this region, we encourage you to learn about it. Online information can be found here.