491 Skilled Work Regional Visa

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa

** This visa was introduced on 16 November 2019 and has superseded the Skilled Regional (Provisional) subclass 489 visa **


Who needs this visa?

This visa is for skilled applicants that wish to live and work in regional Australia for up to five years and does provide a permanent residency pathway. Applicants are not required to have an employer to sponsor them, but do need to be nominated by a State or Territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member living in regional Australia. The latest updates on State or Territory government nomination availability can be seen here.

Subclass 491 visa holders must live and work in a designated regional area of Australia for the duration of the visa (up to five years). The definition of regional Australia will be expanded and simplified to include all areas of Australia except the metropolitan areas of; Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

In order to be eligible for permanent residency (the new subclass 191 visa) the applicant must continue to live and work in regional Australia for at least three years before applying and meet the minimum employment and taxable income requirements (currently set at $53,900 per annum).

Subclass 491 visa holders are eligible for Medicare, which helps with the costs of seeing a doctor, getting medicines and accessing other health services. Medicare does not cover all health related expenses and limits of coverage do apply. Visa holders should understand these limitations and assess their private health insurance options before arrival. Visit Medicare for further information.


What are the basic application requirements?

  • Be under 45 years of age

  • Be nominated by a State or Territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member living in regional Australia

  • Obtained a positive skills assessment for an occupation on the relevant list:

    • For State or Territory government nomination your occupation must be on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) OR the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). Your occupation must also be available in the state or territory you apply to for nomination.
    • For family sponsorship your occupation must be on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
  • Have at least competent English - e.g. IELTS 6.0 for all bands or equivalent (higher scores may be required to be awarded additional points)

  • Score at least 65 points from the Point Test


What is the application process?

  1. Check eligibility against points test

  2. Obtain positive skills assessment and required English test results

  3. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect

  4. Apply for State or Territory government nomination (if applying through this pathway)

  5. Submit visa application within 60 days of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and include all supporting documents for the application

Do note that this is a simplified overview of the steps involved. Preparing and providing the right documents and information as required is an important factor in ensuring your application is processed smoothly.


How can Work Visa Lawyers help?

Work Visa Lawyers is highly experienced in all parts of the General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa application process. We are able to assist with all aspects of the application, and can also advise on complications in relation to:

  • skills assessments

  • nominating the appropriate ANZSCO code

  • state/territory nomination applications

  • difficulties in obtaining documents to demonstrate work experience or family relationships

  • upcoming deadlines which will affect your points total, such as age or expiring documents. We prepare your application efficiently to enable your visa application to be submitted as quickly as possible

Work Visa Lawyers will provide an eligibility assessment before advising you to proceed with a visa application.

Our team of experienced Immigration Lawyers and Migration Agents look forward to assisting you with your Australian visa or appeal.

Based in Adelaide South Australia, we provide Australian Immigration advice to people and businesses from all over the world.

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