The subclass 491 visa has been introduced to meet the skills shortages that are being experienced in regional and rural areas of Australia. The visa has a pathway to Permanent Residency via the Skilled Employer Regional (subclass 494) visa once a holder of the subclass 491 visa has lived and worked in the regional area for at least three years on their subclass 491 visa.
The 491 visa is a points tested visa with the highest scoring applicants being invited to apply for the visa following a successful nomination from a state, territory or eligible family member.
Visa applications in this category are afforded priority processing to ensure regional areas are receiving the skills required to meet demands.
What are the application requirements of the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa?
An Expression of Interest (EOI) must be submitted via SkillSelect that will rank your EOI amongst other interested applicants. The highest scoring applicants will be invited following selection from the relevant state or territory.
The main requirements of the visa are as follows:
- Your occupation must be on the regional occupation list
- Applicants will need to achieve at least 65 points on the Points Test
- Applicants must be nominated by an Australian State or Territory
- A positive skills assessment will be required for the nominated occupation
- You will be required to meet health and character requirements
The subclass 491 visa requires a nomination from a relevant Australian state or territory or will require you to be nominated by an immediate family member residing in your intended state of residence.
Transition to Australian Permanent Residency
Subclass 491 visa holders and their family members who have held the subclass 491 visa for at least three years, have complied with all the conditions imposed on the visa and have lived and worked in the designated regional area since being granted the visa are eligible to apply for Permanent Residency via the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) subclass 191 visa.