Victoria 491 Visa Program
The Skilled Work Regional 491 visa allows points-tested skilled workers and their families to live, study and work in designated regional areas for a period of 5 years. This visa is for people who wish to settle in regional Australia who have skills that are in high demand in Australia’s labour market. Here we would like to provide you the latest update about the requirements and process to apply for the 491 visa for Victoria.
How to be eligible for Victoria 491 Visa?
Age (under 45)
You will need to be under 45 to be able to submit a nomination application for the Victoria 491 visa. Also very importantly you need allow time for the Victorian state to process your application, and keep in mind that the Federal Government will require you to be invited before you turning 45 in order to be eligible for the visa application.
You must have a Competent level of English or above.
You can demonstrate your English level by either of the following:
- If you are a citizen of and hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland. Please bear in mind, even if you hold one of these passports, you may still wish to attend an English exam in order to attract more points for the visa application. Please consult our registered migration agents to discuss the details.
- Providing one of the following test results
You must have lived and worked in regional Victoria for at least the past 6 months. You will be asked to provide relevant evidence to support the residency claim such as utility bills, lease agreement, council rates etc.
Employment and occupation
You must be currently employed in regional Victoria in a highly skilled occupation in health or medical research which supports Victoria’s economic recovery and health response for at least the past 6 months.
Please note the above is the current policy during the Covid-19 time of 2020. Once the federal allocations have been distributed to Victoria, the policy may change and become more welcoming and flexibly. Please speak to our team to get the latest update of the nomination policy.
You must have a positive skills assessment that matches the occupation for which you are seeking the nomination from Victorian Government.
There are no specific requirements required for Victoria 491 nomination application.
Genuine intention for settlement in Regional Victoria
You and your family must demonstrate that you are genuinely committed to settling in Regional Victoria during the time you hold stated nominated 491 visa.
How to apply for Victoria 491 visa?
Step 1 – EOI for Victoria 491
You must submit a valid EOI (Expression of Interest) for Victoria 491, and ensure the information in the EOI is accurate and up to date.
Step 2 – Registration of Interest for Victoria 491
You must also to submit an application for Registration of Interest for the Victorian 491 program. This is a new requirement introduced by the state government in 2020.
Step 3 – State Nomination Application for Victoria 491
Once your Registration of Interest for Victoria has been accepted, you will receive an invitation to make an application for the Victoria 491 state nomination application. Please note this is not the visa application, but a really critical step in order to get the invitation for the later on 491 visa application.
Step 4 – Apply for 491 Visa
Once your state nomination application has been approved, you will receive the approval letter and also the invitation to make an application for the 491 skilled visa.
Step 5 – Respond to any RFI requests by the Immigration
When Department of Home Affairs assess your visa application, they may send a number of RFI (Request for Further Information) to ask for more information for verification before making a decision on your visa application. It is critical that you need to fully understand the 491 visa requirement before you make the application.
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