Ringocole

489 relative sponsored living and working in Perth

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    Hi - I currently have an EOI in with 60 points under Welfare Centre Manager for a 189 permanent visa (submitted 28/06/17)  However, my sister lives in Perth and has citizenship - if I put an EOI in for a 489 family sponsored I will have 70 points. However, when I look at the information it seems that if I had a 489 relative sponsored I would only be able to live and work in regional Western Australia and not in Perth or the surrounding areas - Obviously PR is my preferred option but i think I stand more of a chance of getting an invitation to apply with 70 points. I would welcome any advice please - can I live and work in Perth/surrounding areas with a 489 relative sponsored visa?

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    On a 489 there is a legal requirement to live in a regional area for 2 years and work in a regional area for 1 year. The closest regional area to Perth is Mandurah. You family would also need to be living in a regional area

    The family stream 489 also has one of the longest processing times

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    OK thank you - I thought my family (my sister) needed to live in a designated area of Australia and listed on the gov website -  anywhere in WA is a designated area. I really want to live in Perth though so I will hold off on an EOI for the 489 - I'm just worried I will never get the invitation to apply as I only have 60 points for the 189!! Thanks for getting back to me.

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    I have read recently that pretty much no occupations are getting invited with less than 60 points. So, actually, a 489 might be a good option.

    It does limit work options, but Mandurah is still a very nice place to live - we are citizens and lived there for 8 years. A lot of the forum members chose to live in the Mandurah area as it gives the option of a beach lifestyle without paying millions which you would in Perth. Also, Perth is only 50 minutes on the train

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    I wouldn't go for a regional visa. Sure it may be nice to LIVE in Mandurah, but ig there is no work...

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    6 hours ago, FOL said:

    I wouldn't go for a regional visa. Sure it may be nice to LIVE in Mandurah, but ig there is no work...

    Catch 22 though, as at the moment, the OP may never get an invite for a 189

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    Hi - thanks for the responses - I have been looking at this and have found on the border.gov website that if you are sponsored by a relative then you can work in any designated area - when you click on the links for designated area it says WA - all states/everywhere 

    it also says - 

    Sponsored applicants

    You can work in any designated area in any state or territory.

    the link to the page is here - https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/489-

    so now I am confused - it seems to me that it would be a good idea to submit a 189 as I would have 70 points and more chance of receiving an invite - looking at the recent invitation round results no one with 60/65 points was invited for a 189 in July

     

    any advice greatly appreciated

    Thanks

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    Hi - I thought I would update this in case anyone has the same question as me in the future - I got my 489 family sponsored visa granted today!

    My sister sponsored me and my visa condition is that I must live and work in a designated area - which is anywhere in WA

    For info my time line is:

    EOI for 189 submitted 27/06/17 (60 points) Welfare Centre Manager occupation

    Police check submitted 29/06/17 (certificate completed 06/07/17)

    Updated EOI submitted for a 489 family sponsored 16/08/17 (70 points)

    ITA received 22/08/17

    Medicals completed 30/08/17

    Visa application submitted 01/09/17

    Direct visa grant 23/10/17 

    I didn't use a migration agent and had key documents certified (birth cert, passport page, driving licence, degree certifcates/academic transcripts etc) I completed form 80 for myself and my husband and form 1221 for my husband too

    I hope that is helpful to anyone searching for the same visa type - good luck!

    I am so excited - I just need to find a job now and we can go :)

     

     

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    Congratulations on your visa - how long has it been granted for?  Are you sure it's anywhere in WA?  I thought the new premier took away Perth CBD (surrounds).

    http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-western-australia/regional-areas

     
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    On a Nominated Regional visa (subclass 489), you are required to live and work in a regional or low population growth metropolitan area.

    You cannot live or work in the capital city of Perth.

    In Western Australia there are nine areas which are considered to be regional:

    Gascoyne
    Goldfields-Esperance
    Kimberley
    Pilbara
    Mid West
    South West
    Great Southern
    Peel
    Wheatbelt

    Western Australia
    except Perth and
    surrounding areas
    6041 to 6044
    6083 to 6084
    6121 to 6126
    6200 to 6799

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    Sorry didn't answer your question properly - it's for 4 years but after 2 years we can apply for PR - the rest of the info re designated areas and regional areas is in my post above my update post

     

    thanks 

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    Wow, congrats Ringocole!

    Yours is certainly a case of making the right decisions on risks and trade-offs that leads to a path to PR.

    Sad that the 189 is no longer a viable option for people struggling on 60/65 points.  Welcome to Fortress Australia.

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