Far North Queensland Designated Migration Area Agreement – WORK IN FNQ

The Far North Queensland Designated Area Migration Agreement (FNQ DAMA) allows Far North Queensland (FNQ) employers to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers for positions they are unable to fill with local staff. The FNQ DAMA is tailored to address current and emerging labour market shortages within the Cairns and general Far North Queensland (FNQ) region and local terms and conditions of employment. The FNQ DAMA utilises the labour agreement streams of the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) and the Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 494). Businesses approved for a labour agreement with the Department of Home Affairs can nominate overseas workers under the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS subclass 482) visa program or the Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 494).  

Why choose Immigration Gurus for your FNQ DAMA Application

  • We have expert knowledge of the entire process
  • Assist both Nominating businesses and Visa applicants
  • Provide pathway planning for potential candidates
  • Local knowledge of eligible industries
  • Network of eligible employers

FNQ DAMA – the Key Elements

  • Employers must first be endorsed by the Designated Area Representative (DAR) before submitting a DAMA Labour Agreement request with the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Pathways to permanent residency for  TSS or 494 visa holders are granted under the FNQ DAMA in select occupations
  • A broad range of occupations that reflect FNQ skilled and semi-skilled shortages, with no caveats to apply
  • English language concessions for some occupations
  • Age limit concessions for most occupations.  Age limit increase to 50 or 55 depending on the occupation
  • Concessions relating to qualifications and experience for some occupations
  • Only businesses that are actively operating in FNQ can access the DAMA

The FNQ DAMA involves 4 Steps

DAR Endorsement

Labour Agreement Request

TSS Nomination Application

TSS Visa Application

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