The Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa subclass 491 is for skilled migrants who want work, live and study in a designated regional area of Australia. You can apply for this visa when already in Australia as a temporary resident or from overseas. If you apply for this from within Australia, you must have a Bridging A, B or C or substantive visa.
You can stay in Australia for up to five years and this visa gives you a pathway for permanent residence in Australia. Also, you must have an occupation listed on the subclass 491 skills list.
To apply for this visa, you must lodge an expression of interest to SkillSelect and meet a minimum of 65 points in a point test, and be invited to make a visa application. Points are awarded based on:
Once you receive an invitation, you must lodge your visa application within 60 days or it will lapse. It is important to have all the documentation for you and your family members ready so you can lodge your nomination application quickly after receiving an invitation.
The Skilled Work Regional Visa is for you when you want to work in regional areas of Australia. This includes most of Australia outside of major cities such as Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
All states and territories publish a list of the occupations required in their area. Each one may have their own requirements for skilled migration such as specialised skills, English proficiency and work experience, so make sure you check the state and territory requirements before starting your application.
Applicants using the family sponsored path can only nominate an occupation on the medium-long term skills shortage list. Your sponsor should live in a designated regional area and be:
This is a temporary visa that allows you to stay in Australia for up to five years. Visa holders have the right to live, work and study in Australian regional areas and you will have access to Medicare.
When you apply through the state or territory nominated application stream you must reside in the state or territory that nominates you.
When you apply from outside of Australia, you must enter Australia before your police and health clearances expire.
This visa costs from $AU4,115 with additional costs for family members, health and police clearances.
Depending on whether you supply all your documentation at the time of lodgement, the processing time is between 11 and 14 months.
The following is a snapshot of the regional occupations on the 491 visa skills list.
|Item Number||Occupation||ANZSCO Code|
|3.||Sales and Marketing Manager||131112|
|4.||Corporate Services Manager||132111|
|5.||Policy and Planning Manager||132411|
|7.||Production Manager (Manufacturing)||133512|
|9.||Regional Education Manager||134412|
|10.||ICT Project Manager||135112|
|11.||Quality Assurance Manager||139914|
|12.||Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager||141211|
|13.||Retirement Village Manager||141912|
|14.||Hair or Beauty Salon Manager||142114|
|17.||Financial Investment Adviser||222311|
|21.||Resident Medical Officer||253112|
|24.||Intellectual Property Lawyer||271214|
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