Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa
(Subclass 491)

491 Provisional Residency Visa

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional Visa) (subclass 491) gives skilled migrants an opportunity to reside, study, and work for up to five years in Australia. The big question is, why choose Subclass 491 Visa? Skilled Work Regional, subclass 491 is a Provisional visa that opens a door for skilled professionals to reside, study, and work for five years in Australia. After a period of three years, Visa holders can apply for Subclass 191 Permanent Residence visas, provided they have lived for at least 3 years in a designated regional area and have had a taxable income of atleast $53,900 for at least three years while holding 491 visa

This visa lets you live, work and study in a designated regional area of Australia. This is a Points tested stream as well but you must be nominated by an Australian State or territory government agency or by a relative residing in a designated area.

This is a temporary visa which allows skilled workers to stay up to 5 years.

This is an invitation based visa, where invitations are issued to clients who have been nominated by teh state or sponsored by eligible relative. Each state has their own eligibility criteria for state nomination.

Once you are granted this visa, you are eligible to apply for the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa subclass 191 (which commences on 16th Nov 2022) after 3 years 

This visa process is complex, that’s why applicants who try to do all the work by themselves without consulting a migration agent are sure to make mistakes, which can lead to visa rejection.

The most common cause of visa rejection is the lack of proof of the claims that you have made. That is the reason most individuals take the help of a migration consultancy agency like us. We have experience, knowledge, and extensive expertise that makes us capable enough to serve our clients. We thoroughly check every point and verify all the documents leaving no scope for mistakes.




Eligibility Conditions Requirements

Points Score

you must score atleast 65 points or more to be eligible to apply for this visa.  

The score on your invitation letter is based on the information in your EOI.


you must be less than 45 years of age to receive an invitation.

if you turn 45 after receiving the invitation, you can still apply for this visa. However, if you turn 45 after submitting an EOI and before an invitation is issued, you won’t be invited.

Occupation in MLTSSL or STSOL

you must have  your nominated occupation in the MLTSSL (for Family sponsorship) or STSOL (for StateNomination)  occupation List 

Be Nominated or Sponsored

You must be either nominated by

  • an Australian state or territory government agency or
  • sponsored by an eligible relative residing in a designated regional area.

English language

you must either provide an evidence of your English language skills when you apply for this visa or show that you hold a valid passport from UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand or Republic of Ireland.

Generally the evidence is an English language test result. e.g. IELTS, PTE, TOEFL etc. The test results must not be more than 3 years old and you must have scored an overall score of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.0 in each component in IELTS (or equivalent).

Skill Assessment

you must be able to provide a copy of your skill assessment with your application.

skill assessment is conducted by relevant assessing authority based on your industry.

your skill assessment must be less than 3 years old before the invitation date.

Way2Oz Migration can assist in getting your skill assessment done.

Health requirement

you and any family members who apply for this visa with you must meet Australia’s health requirement. The Department of Home Affairs might also ask that other non-migrating family members meet the requirement.

Character requirement

you and any family members who apply for this visa with you must meet Australia’s character requirement. The Department of Home Affairs might also ask that other non-migrating family members meet the requirement.

Visa Fees Charges

Visa cost starts from AUD 4,115. You can include family members in this visa application, but an additional charge applies for each of the members included in the application.

The current cost for a family member aged over 18 is AUD 2,055, and for those less than  18 is AUD 1,030. Additional charges may apply to applicants aged over 18 who do not have good English skills. This fee is due in two instalments and is only payable if the visa is granted.

Application Process Location

you can apply for this visa either onshore or offshore, but you must not be in immigration clearance at the time of the decision.

A 491-visa applicant must have a nomination from their state or territory or receive family sponsorship. You must submit your application within 60 calendar days after being invited to apply for your 491 Visa. It is important to have all the documentation ready within 60 days of receiving the invitation.


The Process:

  • Check if you meet all eligibility criteria
  • Complete Skills Asssessment of your nominated occupation
  • Lodge EOI
  • Apply for State Nomination (if applicable)
  • Get invited to apply for Visa
  • Lodge Visa