There are more than ten thousand applications made for Visa 887 (Pathway to PR from Skilled Visa 489) from 1 July 2021 to 30 November 2022.
With the current report, there are less than 3000 visa grants between July 2021 and November 2022.
Recently, Department of Home Affairs has made a great progress in deciding the 887 applications. Most applicants who lodged their 887 visa applications by October 2021 have got their visas or been contacted by a Case Officer.
Granting PR to people that have been living and working in Australia endorses the pathway from Provisional Visa to Permanent Visa is effective.
It brings confidence to skilled migrants to consider a Provisional Visa when a Permanent Visa is not available to them.
Processing more permanent visa for regional migrants can encourage they move from metro areas to regional locations.
To apply for an 887 the visa holder must have held a 489 visa (Which is replaced by 491 Visa now) to live in a regional area for 2 years and work full-time for at least one year.
To apply for a 191 the visa holder must have held a 491 visa to live in a regional area for 3 years and have more than $53,900 taxable income for three financial years. The 191 visa application was open in November 2022.
We do hope that they will grant more permanent visas for regional Australia and for Australia’s reputation, as Australia is facing severe skills shortages in regional areas.