The new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa will allow qualifying skilled workers and their families to live, work, and study in Australia's designated regional districts for a period of five years. After three years, visa holders will be able to apply for a Permanent Residence visa.
Applicants for this visa must be nominated by one of the following:
The existing 489 visa will be replaced with the Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa on November 16, 2019. The 491 visa is a skilled visa with a points system. It has a 45-year age limit and a good skills evaluation.
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)||Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) – first provisional stream|
The visa is valid for 5 years. Conditions, namely 8579, will be enforced to enforce the government’s objective that visa holders only reside, work, and study in regional areas. Visa holders are permitted to travel between regional areas. Regional areas are defined as any area that does not include Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane. Significant change: Perth and the Gold Coast have been designated as regional areas. In accordance with the employment and residence conditions linked to your visa, you may work in any occupation and for any employer.
Holders of the new provisional visa will also be unable to apply for most other skills-based visa in Australia unless they have spent at least three years in a specified regional area, unless extraordinary circumstances arise. Furthermore, similar to the current arrangements for the subclass 457 and 482 visa programmes, holders of the new provisional visa may be negatively impacted by noncompliance by sponsors.
The new permanent 491 visa pathway will be as follows:
New applications for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489) are no longer being accepted. Transitional measures are in place for applications that have been lodged but are still pending, as well as candidates whose pathway currently aims for the permanent Skilled Regional Visa (subclass 887).
The skilled migration points test will be modified beginning November 16, 2019. The revisions will affect applicants for subclass 491 as well as applications for other skilled migration visa that have not yet been examined (but only in a way that is beneficial for applicants, by providing additional points). Other points will be awarded for age, qualifications, international and Australian job experience, Australian studies, and English proficiency.
The new points details are:
|Major Cities||Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane||– NA|
|Cities and major regional centres||Perth
Sunshine Coast Canberra Newcastle/Lake Macquarie Wollongong/Illawarra Geelong Hobart
|– Access to the dedicated 25,000 regional places.
– Priority processing on regional visa.
– Access to the Regional Occupations List.
– more jobs compared to non-regional lists.
– On a post-study work visa, international students studying at regional universities can stay in Australia for an
|Regional centres and other regional areas||All the other locations|| – Access to the dedicated 25,000 regional places.
– Priority processing on regional visa.
– Access to the Regional Occupations List
– more employment than on non-regional lists.
– On a post-study work visa, international students studying at regional universities will be able to stay in Australia for
an extra two years.
– Region-specific Designated Area Migration Agreements have priority in negotiations (DAMAs).
In the event that you are selected for a visa, we will invite you to apply for the visa. Government agencies in each state and territory have their own standards for selecting nominees. A different set of rules applies in each state:
Your occupation must be on the MLTSSL list to qualify for the 491 family stream. You must have a sponsor who is:
An eligible relative can be:
Prior to receiving a visa, you must have a sponsor’s approval.
Even if the sponsor and applicant do not share a residence, the sponsor must continue to fulfil the conditions that they agreed upon, regardless of where each one lives.
At the time of invitation, you must confirm that a sufficient skills evaluation has been completed. With your application, you will be required to submit a copy of the skills assessment that you have completed. Medical and legal professionals can also submit the following as proof of their abilities:
In order to be considered for an invitation, you must have passed a skills exam within the last three years. For a shorter period of time, the assessment must not have expired. The qualification you obtained in Australia while you were on a student visa must be one that was recorded on CRICOS.