491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa
The subclass 491 visa is for skilled people nominated by a state or territory government or sponsored by an eligible relative to live and work in regional Australia. The visa is valid for 5 years and you may travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid. You may apply for permanent residence (subclass 191 visa) after 3 years from the time your 491 visa is granted. Here we will introduce the 491 Visa Requirements including eligibility criteria, points table and state nomination requirements and the Processing Time in 2021.
Average Processing Time 2020 – 2021
The current average processing time is as below:
- subclass 491 visa (state nominated stream) is about 6 months for 75% of all the visas application, and 8 months for 90% of all the visa applications.
- subclass 491 visa (family sponsored stream) is about 9 months for 75% of all the visas application, and 10 months for 90% of all the visa applications.
Individual processing time does vary based on the specific circumstances of the applicant, as well as the quality of the application presented to the Department of Home Affairs. Many well prepared applications are actually processed much faster and smoother than the average.
If you wish to have your visa application presented in the best quality and would like to ensure the application can be processed timely, we suggest you contact our experienced Registered Migration Agents to manage your files.
491 Visa Requirements
Subclass 491: Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa
Subclass 491 visa is for invited skilled worker who are either nominated by a State or Territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible relative to live, work and/or study in designated regional areas for 5 years.
Stay Period5 years from the visa grant date of the primary visa holder.
Apply from...All applicants may be in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance, to apply and to be granted this visa.
Each applicant in Australia when applying for this visa must hold:
- a substantive visa; or
- a Subclass 010 Bridging A visa; or
- a Subclass 020 Bridging B visa; or
- a Subclass 030 Bridging C visa
Subclass 491 visa holder can...
Points Table for Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa
|at least 18 but less than 25 years||25|
|at least 25 but less than 33 years||30|
|at least 33 but less than 40 years||25|
|at least 40 but less than 45 years||15|
|Number of Years||Points|
|Less than 3 years||0|
|At least 3 but less than 5 years||5|
|At least 5 but less than 8 years||10|
|At least 8 years||15|
|Number of Years||Points|
|Less than 1 year||0|
|At least 1 but less than 3 years||5|
|At least 3 but less than 5 years||10|
|At least 5 years but less than 8 years||15|
|At least 8 years||20|
|A Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or a Doctorate from another educational institution, that is of a recognised standard.||20|
|At least a Bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or at least a Bachelor qualification, from another educational institution, that is of a recognised standard.||15|
|A diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution.||10|
|Attained a qualification or award recognised by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation as being suitable for that occupation.||10|
|Please note: For points based migration you will receive points for your highest qualification only.|
|A Masters degree by research or a Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution that included at least 2 academic years study in a relevant field.||10|
|The postgraduate degree by research (doctorate or masters) must be awarded from an Australian education institution after at least 2 academic years of study in the following science, technology, engineering, mathematics or specified information and communication technology (ICT) fields:
|Meet the Australian study requirement.||5|
|Completion of a Professional Year in Australia.||5|
|Hold a recognised qualification in a credentialled community language.||5|
|You must have at least 1 degree, diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution that satisfies the Australian study requirement obtained while living and studying in an eligible area of regional Australia.||5|
|Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and meet age, English and skill criteria.
For you to be eligible for the award of these points your partner must be an applicant for the same visa subclass and must not be an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen. Additionally, you will need to provide evidence that when you were invited to apply for this visa that they:
|Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and has competent English.
For you to be eligible for the award of these points your partner must be an applicant for the same visa subclass and must not be an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen.
|You are single or your partner is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.||10|
|You were invited to apply for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) because you were nominated and the nominating State or Territory government agency has not withdrawn that nomination
You are being sponsored for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) by a family member and the Minister has accepted that sponsorship
|You must have been nominated or stated you would be sponsored by an eligible family member to be invited to apply for this visa.
For nominated applicants provided your nomination remains in effect, you may be eligible for the award of these points.
For sponsored applicants provided your sponsorship has been approved, you may be eligible for the award of these points.
Condition 8515 - Must not marry or enter into a de facto relationship before entering AustraliaIf this visa is granted when the secondary applicant is outside Australia, the holder of this visa must not marry or enter into a de facto relationship before entering Australia.
This condition usually applies to secondary applicant(s) who are not married or in a de facto relationship and are still dependent on the primary visa applicant prior to visa grant. For example, child of primary visa applicant who is also a secondary applicant for this visa must not married or enter into a de facto relationship prior to entering Australia for the first time.
Breaching this visa condition will render the said visa with the condition 8515 subject to cancellation.
Condition 8578 - Notify the Department of Home Affairs for any changes in detailsAll visa holders must notify the Department of Home Affairs of a change to any of the following within 14 days after the change occurs:
- residential address;
- email address;
- phone number;
- passport details;
- address of an employer;
- address of the location of a position in which the visa holder is employed.
Condition 8579 - Live, work and/or study in a designated regional area of AustraliaSubclass 491 visa holder must live, work and/or study only in a part of Australia that has already been recognised as a designated regional area at the time this visa was granted.
Condition 8580 - Provide evidence of living, working and/or studying in a designated regional area of AustraliaIf requested, the visa holder must provide evidence of any or all of the following, whenever applicable, within 28 days after the date of the request:
- residential address;
- address of each employer;
- address of each location of each position in which the visa holder is employed;
- address of an educational institution attended by the visa holder.
Condition 8581 - Must attend interview if requested in writingIf requested, in writing, by the Department of Home Affairs, the visa holder must attend an interview:
- at a place and time specified in the request (for in person face-to-face interview); or
- in a manner, and at a time, specified in the request (for phone or internet interview).
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