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491 Visa

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Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)


The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is an Australian visa for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia. It's a pathway for potential permanent residency in Australia. Here's a brief overview:


491 visa requirements:

1.Nomination by a State or Territory Government or Sponsorship by an Eligible Family Member: To apply for this visa, you must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency or be sponsored by an eligible relative residing in a designated regional area.

2.Age: You must be under 45 years of age when you receive an invitation to apply.

3.Occupation: Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.

4.Skills Assessment: You must have a positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation.

5.Points Test: You must score at least 65 points on the points test. Points are awarded for age, English language ability, skilled employment experience, qualifications, and other factors. English Language: You must have at least competent English.

491 Visa Duration:

The 491 visa is a provisional visa that allows you to live, work, and study in a designated regional area of Australia for 5 years.

Pathway to Permanent Residency:

Holders of the 491 visa can apply for permanent residency through the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) after meeting certain requirements, including living and working in regional Australia for at least 3 years

491 Visa Benefits:

Live, work, and study in a designated regional area of Australia. Include family members in your application. Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid. A pathway to Australian permanent residency. You can explore all the benefits in our dedicated page

491 Visa Conditions after the grant

You and your family must live, work, and study only in a designated regional area. Notify the Department of Home Affairs if your circumstances change.

491 Visa Designated Regional Areas:

Most of Australia, excluding Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, is classified as a designated regional area for the purposes of the 491 visa. However, the specific areas can change, so it's essential to check the current designated areas when applying.

It's crucial to consult the official Australian government website or seek advice from a registered migration agent or immigration lawyer to get the most up-to-date and detailed information about the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) 491 visa.

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) 491 Visa involves a multi-step process. Here's a breakdown of the steps involved in applying for the 491 visa:

Check Eligibility:

Before starting the application process, ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria:

  • Age: Under 45 years at the time of invitation.

  • Occupation: Your occupation must be on the relevant skilled occupation list.

  • Skills Assessment: Obtain a positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation.

  • English Language: You must have at least competent English.

  • Points Test: Score at least 65 points on the points test (though higher scores may increase chances of receiving an invitation).

Expression of Interest (EOI):

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the SkillSelect online system. In the EOI, you'll provide details about your skills, work experience, education, and other relevant information.

State/Territory Nomination or Family Sponsorship:

  • State/Territory Nomination: If you're seeking nomination from an Australian state or territory, you'll need to apply for nomination from that state or territory. Each state/territory has its own criteria and occupation lists.

  • Family Sponsorship: If you have an eligible relative living in a designated regional area of Australia, they can sponsor you. The relative must be a permanent resident or citizen of Australia.

Receive an Invitation:

After submitting your EOI, wait for an invitation from the Australian Government. Invitations are based on the points score, occupation, and other factors. Only those with an invitation can proceed to apply for the visa.

Prepare Documentation:

Gather all the necessary documents to support your application. This includes identity documents, skills assessment, English language test results, employment references, and any other relevant documents.

Apply for the Visa:

Once you receive an invitation, you'll have 60 days to submit your visa application online. Ensure that all details are accurate and that you include all required documentation.

Health & Character Checks:

After submitting your application, you and any family members included in the application will need to undergo health examinations and character checks

Visa Decision:

Wait for a decision on your visa application. The processing time can vary based on various factors. If your visa is granted, you'll receive details about the visa, including its validity period and conditions.

Move to Regional Australia:

Once the visa is granted, you must live, work, and study in a designated regional area of Australia for the duration of the visa.

Pathway to Permanent Residency (491 to 191 visa):

After living and working in regional Australia for at least 3 years (and meeting other criteria), you can apply for the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa (Subclass 191) to obtain permanent residency.

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491 Visa Related FAQs

What is 491 visa Processing time?

Processing times

25% of applications: 6 Months

50% of applications: 10 Months

75% of applications: 14 Months

90% of applications: 18 Months

How much is 491 visa fee?

Main Visa applicant -$4,640

Spouse -$2,320

Per dependant-$1,160

TSMIT has been increased to $70,000 from $53,900. Is it applicable to 491 visa? What is the minimum salary?

TSMIT is not applicable to 491 visa.

Do you have visa 491 points calculator?

The Department of Home Affairs online calculator can help you in this regard

How to get PR after 491 visa?

If you live and work in regional area for at least 3 years (and meeting other criteria), you can apply for 191 visa.

Is 491 Visa a permanent residency visa?

491 Visa is a temporary visa with duration of 5 years. It has a pathway to permanent residency.

Which visa after 491 can I apply?

You will be eligible for Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191). Explore this visa option.

Can I move to another state on 491 visa?

Once the subclass 491 visa is approved, the holder is permitted to reside and work in any Designated Regional Area (DRA) within Australia. They also have the flexibility to relocate from one DRA to another, regardless of the state.

Can I get Medicare on 491 visa?

Holders of the 491 Skilled Work Regional Visa are eligible for Medicare benefits. It means that they have access to these subsidized health services. This is a significant benefit as medical care can be expensive, and having access to Medicare can lead to considerable savings.

Can I add my wife to 491 visa?

Yes, you can add your partner or spouse to 491 visa. You must furnish proof of your authentic relationship, which can include documents verifying a marriage or a de facto partnership.

Can I work full time on 491 visa?

491 visa has full work rights and therefore, you can work full-time.

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