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