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Skilled Work Regional(Provisional) (SUBCLASS 491)​

Skilled Work Regional(Provisional) (SUBCLASS 491)​​

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) – subclass 491 is a Provisional Visa. It enables eligible professionals and their family members to live, study and work in the designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years. The validity of the visa is 5 years. However, visa holders may be eligible to apply for a Permanent Residence visa which is Subclass 191 after 3 years, provided they fulfil all the requirements.

With this visa,
you can

  • stay in Australia for 5 years from the date we grant you the visa
  • live, work and study in a designated region of Australia
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want, while the visa is valid
  • apply for permanent residence, if eligible, through the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) – which starts on 16 November 2022. You can’t apply for other permanent visas until you have held your subclass 491 visa for 3 years.

You Must

    • be nominated to apply by a state or territory government agency, or an eligible relative must sponsor you
    • have an occupation on a relevant skilled occupation list
    • have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
    • be invited to apply
    • satisfy the points test
     

    You and all members of your family unit who are also holders of the visa, will need to live work and study in a designated regional area of Australia.

Pathways to Permanent Residence

ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility

You must be either nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency or indicate that you will be sponsored by an eligible relative.  To get nominated you need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) for the visa to get an estimate of your points score. If you score enough points, state and territory government agencies can see your EOI and might nominate you for the visa.

If you indicate in your EOI that you will be sponsored by an eligible relative the Department may invite you to apply for a visa in an invitation round.

To submit EOI you need to

  • Have a suitable skills assessment
  • You must be aged under 45
  • Be able to score 65 points or more
  • Have this level of competent English language
  • Meet the skills requirement
  • Meet health requirement
  • Meet character requirement
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

To check full eligibility visit: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/

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