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What is a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa?

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa, also known as the subclass 491 visa, is a temporary visa for skilled workers who wish to reside and work in regional areas of Australia for a period of up to five years. To be eligible for this visa, the applicant must be nominated by a state or territory government, or be sponsored by an eligible family member living in a regional area. The visa is point-tested and is only available for occupations listed on the skilled occupation list, and the minimum score required is 65. After working for at least three years in a regional area, the applicant may be eligible to apply for a permanent residency visa. It should be noted that this visa does not permit work or residence in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, but does allow work in the capital of the state in which the applicant is nominated.

Benefits of Subclass 491 Visa

Requirements for Subclass 491 Visa

State and Territory Requirements

Each state and territory government agency has its own set of requirements for different occupations when determining who to nominate as an applicant. However, the basic requirements are consistent across all states and territories, while the specific requirements may vary depending on the occupation and the particular state or territory in question. The list of states and territories that can nominate the applicant is provided below. To learn more about the nomination procedure and requirements, you can get in touch with the organization directly. We advise you to get in touch with a Migration Agent to ease your worries.

Types of Skilled Migration Visas

Application Process

Verify if your occupation is included in the list of skilled occupations that are eligible for the program. Only individuals filling positions listed on this list are able to apply.
Ensure that you fulfill all the qualifications necessary. In order to be eligible for employment, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

Ensure that you are under 45 years of age
Possess basic English language skills
Meet all health requirements
Meet all character requirements
Do not have any outstanding debts to the Australian government as an applicant.
To qualify for the Subclass 491 visa, you are required to complete a Skills Assessment.
After completing the Skills Assessment, you must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect. The SkillSelect program will ask you various questions about your background, skills, and employment history. Your EOI will be reviewed by Australian government authorities and made available to Australian employers who are seeking individuals with your skill set.
The Skilled Visa requires a nomination from a state or territory government. Once your Expression of Interest (EOI) is submitted, it can be viewed by Australian government authorities. If they are in need of someone with your skills, they may send you an invitation to apply for the 491 visa. Additionally, a state or territory government may also sponsor you through this program.
After getting a Nomination, you can apply for your Subclass 491 visa online through the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). It may take several months for the DHA to make a decision on your visa application.
Upon approval of your application, you will receive a notice indicating the visa conditions, visa grant number, and the date on which the visa takes effect. This signifies that your visa has been granted and you are now able to travel to Australia.

Process time

According to the Department of Home Affairs, processing times for 491 visa applications cannot be determined as each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Delays in processing may occur due to various factors.

  • Whether all necessary supporting documents have been included in the application.
  • The speed at which the applicant responds to any requests for additional information.
  • The amount of time required for the Department of Home Affairs to complete necessary checks on the provided supporting information.
  • The time frame for receiving additional information from external agencies, specifically in regard to health, character, and national security requirements.