Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa
(Subclass 491)

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 

Eligibility

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.

Age

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

Visa cost starts from AUD 4,045. You can include family members in this visa application, but an additional charge applies for each of the members included in the application.

there might be an extra charge for any family member 18 years or older who has not been able to score a minimum of 4 bands in each component of IELTS and an overall score of 4 (or equivalent). This charge is the 2nd installment and the Department only asks for this if it is going to grant you a visa.

Application

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

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
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