Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 491)

by Ken Hunt on 22 Dec 19

This is a provisional visa. It is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia. It allows you to stay in Regional Australia for 5 years.

Who is eligible for the Subclass 491?

You must:

  • 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

  • be under 45 years of age

  • satisfy the points test

  • meet minimum standards of English language proficiency (competent)

How to Apply

  • Submit an expression of interest (EOI) in SkillSelect and estimate your points score.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • All state and territory government agencies have their own criteria for deciding who they will nominate.

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