Australia Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa 491

Application Fee:

 

AUD 4,045

Processing Time:

 

• 75% of applications: 12 months • 90% of applications: 18 months

Table of Contents

Overview

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) – subclass 491 is a 5-year Provisional Visa. It allows highly eligible professionals and their family members to live, and work in the designated regional areas of Australia. The validity of the visa is 5 years. Although it is a provisional visa, the visa applicant can apply for permanent residency after 3 years if the requirements for the PR visa subclass 191 are fulfilled by applicant.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Who is it for

This is a state nominated provisional visa for highly skilled migrants that allows visa applicants to live and work in regional areas of Australia for up to five years. 

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

How to qualify

491 Visa Requirements:

Before applying for the visa it is important to make sure that you meet the requirements for the visa.
This includes:

  • You received a Positive Skills Assessment for an occupation on the State or Regional List
  • Your age is between 18 and 45 years
  • You have Competent English test result or higher
  • You have received a nomination from a particular Region or State to apply for the visa
  • You meet character and medical requirements
  • You meet the passing score in the skilled migration points test – currently 65.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

The process

Confirm your eligibility

This is a point-tested visa program. You must score the minimum points in order to submit your EOI.

You must score at least 65 to apply for Skilled Migration (subclasses 189, 190 , 491)

Factor

Description

Points

 

Age
at time of invitation

18–24 (inclusive)

25

 

25–32 (inclusive)

30

 

33–39 (inclusive)

25

 

40–44 (inclusive)

15

 

 

 

English language ability
at time of invitation

Competent English—IELTS 6 / OET B / PTE / TOEFL iBT

0

 

Proficient English—IELTS 7 / OET B / PTE / TOEFL iBT

10

 

Superior English—IELTS 8 / OET A / PTE / TOEFL iBT

20

 

Skilled employment
at time of invitation

Only 20 points can be awarded for any combination of overseas and Australian skilled employment

Overseas employment in nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation

Australian employment in nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation

Skilled employment outside Australia

At least three but less than five years (of past 10 years)


5

 

At least five but less than eight years (of past 10 years)

10

 

At least eight and up to 10 years (of past 10 years)

15

 

Skilled employment in Australia

At least one but less than three years (of past 10 years)


5

 

At least three but less than five years (of past 10 years)

10

 

At least five but less than eight years (of past 10 years)

15

 

At least eight and up to 10 years (of past 10 years)

20

 

Educational qualifications
at time of invitation

Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or other Doctorate of a recognized standard

20

 

At least a Bachelor degree, including a Bachelor degree with Honours or Masters, from an Australian educational institution or other degree of a recognized standard

15

 

Diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia, or qualification or award of recognized standard

10

 

Australian study requirements
at time of invitation (if study in Australia)

One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and meet the Australian Study Requirement

5

 

Other factors
at time of invitation

Credentialed community language qualifications

5

 

Study in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area (excluding distance education) (if study in Australia)

5

 

Having a skilled spouse or de facto partner

10

 

Having a spouse or de facto partner with competent English

5

 

Being Single

10

 

Professional Year in Australia for at least 12 months in the four years before the day you were invited  (if study in Australia)

5

 

 

Having specific STEM qualifications (if study in Australia)

10

 

Nomination/Sponsorship
at time of invitation

Nomination by state or territory government (visa subclass 190 only)

5

 

Nomination by state or territory government or sponsorship by an eligible family member, to reside and work in a specified/designated area (visa subclass 491 only)

15

 

Search your ANZCSO

It is very important to search your occupation in the Skilled Occupation List. Everybody cannot be eligible due to unavailability of their occupations in the Skilled Occupation List. So, check and make sure your occupation is available in the demand list.

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

Use SkillSelect to make an expression of interest (EOI) if you are a skilled professional or from overseas who wish to settle in Australia. EOIs must be completed online using SkillSelect. Submitting an EOI does not mean submitting a visa application. To apply for a visa, applicant must get invitation in their Skill Select Account. 

While submitting an EOI, the applicant must give details of positive assessment outcome, English test result, personal information, educational and employment history. 

Wait for your invitation to apply for your Skilled Visa

States like New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland or other will nominate the invite to applicants to apply for state sponsorship. If selected, applicants will be given additional points into their EOI profile. Some states may charge an application fee

Apply for your visa

After getting a successful invitation, applicant can now apply to lodge your visa application through immiAccount within 60 days from the date applicant receives EOI invitation.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

The document needed

  • Your personal document to prove your identity
  • Skill assessment report from a recognized assessing authority
  • Proof of age like passport or birth certificate
  • English Language test result (IELTS, PTE or TOEFL IBT)
  • 2 color recent passport size photographs
  • Skilled employment documents
  • Educational qualification degree
  • Australian study requirement
  • Partner skills, if partner’s point is claimed
  • Documents about relationships
  • Marriage documents
  • If in a de-facto relationship, provide evidence that you have been in a relationship for at least 12 months.
  • If divorced/widowed, provide all required documents
  • Health and Character documents
  • Job reference letter
  • All application forms

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Government Fees

From AUD 4,045

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Additional information

Processing Time

75% of applications: 12 months

90% of applications: 18 months

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia