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Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa replaced the 489 visa and commenced from November 16, 2019. The 491 is a skilled and a points tested visa . It has a 45-year age limit and requires a positive skills assessment.

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The 491 visa, Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa will enable eligible skilled workers and their families to live, work and study in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years. Visa holders will be eligible to apply for a Permanent Residence visa after three years. Applicants for this visa must be nominated by:

  • an Australian state or territory government agency or

  • sponsored by an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area and be invited to apply for the visa, following submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect.

Conditions of 491 visa :
  • Valid for 5 Years

  • Must meet 8579 condition, which states that visa holders live, work and study only in regional areas

  • May move between specified regional areas

  • Holders of the new provisional visas will also be unable to apply for most other skills based visas in Australia unless they have completed at least three years in a designated regional area, unless exceptional circumstances exist

  • Must earn an annual salary and taxable income of $53,900 per annum for the three-year period to be eligible to apply for 191 visa

 

491 Visa Family Stream:

Please note that for the 491 family stream, your occupation must be on the MLTSSL list. 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 or your partner’s eligible relative

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

Sponsorship must be approved before you can be granted a visa.

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