The subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa is a visa created to address labour market shortages in regional Australia by encouraging greater skilled migration to regional Australia.
Family or State:
This visa is for applicants invited to apply for the visa and who are either nominated by a State or Territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member, who resides in a designated regional area.
The main criteria are:
- a temporary visa (5-year visa)
- a points-based skilled visa (it requires a minimum of 65 points)
- lodged onshore or offshore
- Age restrictions
- sponsorship by either a state or territory government agency or an eligible relative
- Must live, work and study in a designated regional area of Australia
Eligibility requirements for the 491 visa?
- Must have an occupation on a skilled occupation list
- Must have a suitable skill assessment for the occupation
- Must be invited to apply for this visa
- Must be aged under 45 to be invited to apply for the visa
- Must satisfy the points test
- Must have at least Competent English
- Must meet the health requirement
- Must meet the character requirement
- Must be nominated to apply by a state or territory or sponsored by an eligible relative
- Nomination by an Australian state or territory: All state and territory government agencies have their own criteria for deciding who they will nominate. Therefore, applicants must check the relevant state nomination requirements
- Sponsorship by an eligible relative: The eligible relative must be:
- 18 years or older
- Usually resident in a designated area of Australia.
- An Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen
- Applicant’s or applicant’s partner’s eligible relative
Possible pathway to PR: (permanent visa)
The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is a temporary visa. If you hold a subclass 491 visa, you would need to apply Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) in order to receive a permanent visa.