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491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa


Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa –  Main applicant 

This is a provisional visa. It is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia 

Applicant must have: 

  • Be nominated to apply by a state or territory government agency, or an eligible relative must sponsor you 
  • Have an occupation on a relevant skilled occupation list 
  • Have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation 
  • Be invited to apply 
  • Satisfy the points test 

 

Eligibility 

1. Be invited to apply 

You can only apply for this visa if we invite you to.  

Submit an expression of interest (EOI) to let us know you would like to apply for the visa. 

Indicate if an eligible relative is going to sponsor you for this visa or if you want a state or territory government agency to nominate you. 

2. Be nominated or sponsored 

You must be either nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency or indicate that you will be sponsored by an eligible relative. See below for more information. 

Submit an expression of interest (EOI) for the visa to get an estimate of your points score. 

If you score enough points, state and territory government agencies can see your EOI and might nominate you for the visa. 

If you indicate in your EOI that you will be sponsored by an eligible relative the Department may invite you to apply for a visa in an invitation round. 

Nomination by an Australian state or territory government agency 

If you are nominated for the visa, we will invite you to apply. All state and territory government agencies have their own criteria for deciding who they will nominate. 

Contact the state or territory agency directly to find out more about their nomination process and what they want from you. 

Sponsorship by an eligible relative 

Your sponsor must be: 

  • 18 years old or older 
  • usually resident in a designated area of Australia 
  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen 
  • be your eligible relative or your partner’s eligible relative if your partner is also applying for this visa 

An eligible relative can be: 

  • a parent 
  • a child or step-child 
  • a brother, sister, adoptive brother, adoptive sister, step-brother or step-sister 
  • an aunt, uncle, adoptive aunt, adoptive uncle, step-aunt or step-uncle 
  • a nephew, niece, adoptive nephew, adoptive niece, step-nephew or step-niece 
  • a grandparent, or 
  • a first cousin 

We must approve your sponsorship before you can be granted a visa. 

3. Have a relevant skills assessment 

For your application to be valid, you must declare that you have a suitable skills assessment at the time of invitation. 

You will need to provide a copy of this skills assessment with your application 

For medical and legal practitioners, we also accept the following as proof of a skills assessment: 

  • full or unconditional or general medical registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency 
  • conditional specialist registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. This only allows you to practise in your speciality. You need no further training or supervision 
  • admission to practice law in the relevant state or territory 

Your skills assessment must have been obtained in the 3 years before the date of your invitation. If the assessment was for a shorter period, that period must not have passed. 

If your skills were assessed on the basis of a qualification you got in Australia when you held a student visa, the qualification must be from studying a course registered on CRICOS. 

4. Be this age: 

You must be aged under 45 when we invite you to apply for the visa. 

You can still apply for the visa if you turn 45 after we invite you to apply. 

If you turn 45 after you submit your EOI but before we invite you to apply, you will not be invited to apply. 

5. Be able to score 65 points or more 

This is a points-tested visa. 

When you submit your EOI in SkillSelect you will be given an indicative points score based on the claims you have made. If you do not obtain a score of 65 points you will not be invited to apply for this visa. 

If we do invite you to apply for the visa, your invitation will state the number of points that you must score when we assess your application for grant of the visa (this score may be higher than 65 points, depending on your claims in the EOI).   

When you lodge your application you must provide evidence supporting your claims. 

To calculate how many points you may score use the points calculator. 

6. Have this level of English language 

Your occupation must be on the combined list of eligible skilled occupations for a Skilled Regional (subclass 491) visa. 

Meet the skills requirement: 

Your occupation must be on the combined list of eligible skilled occupations for a Skilled Regional (subclass 491) visa 

Meet other requirements: 

  • Meet our health requirement 
  • Meet our character requirement 
  • Sign the Australian values statement 
  • Have no debt to the Australian Government 
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused 

 

Application Cost 

This visa costs AUD4,045 for the main applicant 

The second instalment charges are: 

  • family members: AUD4890 

 

Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa – Subsequent entrant 

This visa is for a member of the family unit of someone who holds a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) 

Applicant must have: 

  • be one of the members of the family unit, of a subclass 491 visa holder. 

 

Eligibility 

1. Be this age: 

There is no age limit for this visa. 

2. Have this visa 

You must: 

  • be one of the members of the family unit, of a subclass 491 visa holder. 
  • If you are in Australia when you lodge your application you must hold a substantive visa or a subclass 010 Bridging A visa, a subclass 020 Bridging B visa or a subclass 030 Bridging C visa. 

3. Have this level of English language 

You and family members aged 18 years or older who are applying for the visa with you must either: 

  • have at least functional English, or 
  • pay a second instalment when we ask you to do so 

Meet other requirements: 

  • Meet our health requirement 
  • Meet our character requirement 
  • Sign the Australian values statement 
  • Have no debt to the Australian Government 
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused 

 

Application Cost 

This visa costs AUD4,045 for the main applicant 

The second instalment charges are: 

  • family members: AUD4890 

 

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