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Building your career in Australian regional areas with a Subclass 491 visa

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa – Subclass 491 is a substitution of a Subclass 489 visa since 16.11.2019. This visa allows suitable skilled people to live and work in Australian regional areas. Let’s explore this new subclass visa.

What is a Subclass 491 visa?

This is a temporary visa that allows skilled people and their unit family members who are nominated by a state or a territory government agency or by a close relative to live and work in regional Australia.

After 3 years of and stay in a regional area, applicants may apply for a Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa – Subclass 191 to stay in Australia permanently.

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What is a Subclass 491 visa?

How to get points on a Skilled Work Regional Visa?

The Subclass 491 is a point – tested visa. The way of point allocation of this visa is more beneficial for applicants, especially for international graduates in Australia.

The following table demonstrates how you are going to calculate the immigration point of this visa:

Criteria Description Migration points
Age At least 18 but less than 25 years old 25
At least 25 but less than 33 years old 30
At least 33 but less than 40 years old 25
At least 40 but less than 45 years old 15
English language skills Competent English 0
Proficient English 10
Superior English 20
Offshore skilled employment (outside Australia) Less than 3 years 0
At least 3 but less than 5 years 5
At least 5 but less than 8 years 10
At least 8 years 15
Onshore skilled employment (inside Australia) Less than 1 year 0
At least 1 year but less than 3 years 5
At least 3 but less than 5 years 10
At least 5 but less than 8 years 15
At least 8 years 20
Educational qualifications Qualification or award recognised by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation as being suitable for that occupation 10
A diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution 10
Bachelor Degree from an Australian educational institution or a Bachelor qualification from another educational institution that is of a recognised standard 15
PhD from an Australian educational institution or from another educational institution that is of a recognised standard 20
Specialist education qualification Master Degree by research or PhD Degree from an Australian educational institution that included at least 2 academic years study in a relevant field 10
Australian study requirement At least 1 degree, diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution must meet the Australian study requirement 5
Professional Year in Australia Completion of a Professional Year in Australia 5
Credentialled community language Hold a recognised qualification in a credentialled community language 5
Study in regional Australia At least 1 degree, diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution that meet the Australian study requirement obtained while living and studying in an eligible area of regional Australia 5
Partner skills Your partner must also be invited to apply for this visa and meet age, English and skill criteria 10
Your partner must also be invited to apply for this visa and has competent English 5
You are single or your partner is a permanent resident or an Australian citizen 10
Nomination

/Sponsorship

Being invited to apply for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa – Subclass 491 or

Being sponsored for a Skilled Work Regiona (Provisional) Visa – Subclass 491 by a family member and the Minister has accepted that sponsorship

15

 

Please contact directly to our consultants for any further questions.

Benefits of a Subclass 491 visa

  • Staying in Australia for 5 years.
  • Living, working and studying in a designated regional area of Australia.
  • Having multiple travels between your country and Australia.
  • Being able to apply for Australian permanent resident through Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa – Subclass 191 in 16.11.2022.
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Benefits of a Subclass 491 visa

Requirements for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

There are some requirements that both applicants and their unit family members need to meet when lodging the application:

  • Must be under 45 years old (except if you are invited by a state or a territory government agency).
  • Must be nominated/sponsored by a state or a territory government agency or an eligible relative.
  • Must pass skills assessment related to the nominated occupation.
  • Must be able to score at least 65 migration points.
  • Must meet standard English level (equivalent to IELTS 6), health and character requirements.
  • Must not have had a visa cancelled or an application refused.

Please contact our consultant if you need more information about requirements.

Cost of a Subclass 491 visa

The visa application fee is 4,045AUD (not including 1.4% surcharge) for both main applicants and dependent applicants who apply for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa.

You need to pay an extra charge for any applicant 18 years old who does not meet English requirements. Besides, you also need to pay for other costs for police and health checks.

Contact VEM’s consultants for more details.

Processing time of a Subclass 491 visa

There is no specific processing time for this subclass according to the DHA’s website.

Contact VEM’s consultants for more details.

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Processing time of a Subclass 491 visa

Q&A about a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa – Subclass 491

How long does it take to process for this visa?

The Department of Home Affairs currently does not provide the estimated processing time.

Contact VEM’s experts for further information.

Can I extend a Subclass 491 visa for a longer stay?

You CANNOT stay in Australia for any longer by extending this visa. However, you can apply for an Australian permanent resident after 3 years of stay.

Contact VEM’s migration consultant if you need further assistance.

Can I apply for a Subclass 491 visa if I have 3 years experience in casual working?

Unfortunately, you do not meet the requirement if your experience is based on casual work. The experience requirement is based on full-time and equivalent part-time work.

Can I apply for another visa if I am holding Subclass 491?

You have a restriction to apply for another subclass visa while holding subclass 491.

Contact VEM for details.

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