Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa allows skilled workers, nominated by a state or territory government, to live and work in regional Australia.
There are two subcategories of this visa-
- Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa – Main applicant
- Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa – Subsequent entrant
Obligations for the applicant
To avail of this category of visa, there are certain requirements that you will need to fulfil. The lists are given below.
|Main applicant||Subsequent entrant|
|Stay Duration||Up to 5 years||Until the visa that your family member holds ends|
|Visa Cost||Starts from AUD 4,045||Starts from AUD 4,045|
|Things you must/ need to have||You must: `Be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency `Sponsored by an eligible relative `Complete a Skills Assessment `Have an occupation on a relevant skilled occupation list `Be invited to apply ` Satisfy the points test||You must: ` Be one of the members of the family unit, of a subclass 491 visa holder|
|Activities in Australia you can undertake||You can `Stay in Australia for 5 years ` live, work and study in a specified region of Australia `Travel to and from Australia, while your visa is valid `Apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time your visa is granted, if eligible `Include members of the family unit in your visa application||You can `Stay in Australia while your visa is valid `Live, work and study in a designated region of Australia ` Travel to and from Australia, while your visa is valid ` Apply for permanent residence, if eligible, through the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) `Include members of the family unit in your visa application|
FAQs of Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa
- What is the minimum age to apply for subclass 491 visa?
To apply for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa – The main applicant, your age must be under 45. If you above 45 years of age, you can still apply, if you are invited. But, if you turn 45 after you submit your EOI but before we invite you to apply you will not receive an invite.
To apply for o Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa – Subsequent entrant there is no age limit.
2. Do I need to be nominated to avail myself of this subcategory of visa?
To avail of Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa – Main applicant, you must be 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.
3. Is it essential to sign the Australian values statement?
If you are 18 years of age or above, you must sign an Australian Values Statement to confirm that you will respect the Australian way of life obey Australian laws.