Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)
The subclass 489 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme is a provisional visa that provides applicants with a two step pathway to Australian permanent residency.
Similarly to General Skilled Migration (GSM) prospective applicants are required to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) and be invited to apply for the subclass 489 visa.
The subclass 489 visa allows skilled applicants to live and work in specific areas in Australia for up to four years. The specific area’s in which the applicant must reside is dependent on whether the applicant has been nominated by an Australian state or territory or if the applicant was sponsored from an eligible family member living in that specific region.
State or Territory Nomination
For applicants that are nominated by a state or territory government, they must live in a low population area or regional area of Australia while the holder of a subclass 489 visa.
Sponsored by Eligible Family Members
Applicants that are sponsored by a family members must life in a designated area in Australia.