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491 Visa

Secure Permanent Residency in Australia through the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 visa

The 491 visa, a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa, is designed for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia. It requires sponsorship by a state or territory government or an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area. This visa allows holders to live, work, and study in a regional area for up to five years and provides a pathway to permanent residency through the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa.

  • To qualify for the 491 visa:

    1. Be nominated by a state or territory government or an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area.

    2. Demonstrate relevant skills, qualifications, and work experience.

    3. Meet health and character requirements.

    4. Show proof of English proficiency based on your stream and qualifications.

    5. Fulfill additional requirements specific to your nominated occupation and the sponsoring region.

    1. Check Eligibility: Determine if you meet the eligibility criteria for the Subclass 491 visa, including your occupation being on the relevant state or territory's list. Use the points test on the official Australian immigration website to see if you qualify. Link to Points Test

    2.  Skill Assessment: Have your skills assessed by the relevant assessing authority for your occupation.

    3.  Submit Expression of Interest (EOI): Create and submit an EOI through the SkillSelect system, indicating your interest in the Subclass 491 visa and selecting the state or territory that you wish to nominate you.

    4.  State or Territory Nomination: Await nomination by a state or territory government. This nomination is a crucial step, as it determines whether you'll receive an invitation to apply.

    5. Invitation: If nominated, you'll receive an invitation from the Australian government to apply for the Subclass 491 visa.

    6. Application: Submit your visa application, providing all required documents and information.

    • You and your family obtain provisional residency in Australia.

    • You can live, work, and study in the nominated regional area.

    • Access to healthcare and social benefits.

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