The Department of Home Affairs commenced the Skilled Work Regional Visa (Subclass 491) on 16th November 2019 with a new permanent visa pathway from November 2022. The Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 491) supersedes the 489 visa. The 491 visa is a points-based visa for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area in Australia. The 491 visa is valid for five years and the visa holder must live and work in a specified regional area. Additionally, eligible family members can be included in the application. To be able to submit a valid application for this visa you need to first submit an Expression of Interest through Skill Select.
To qualify for the 491 visa, you must:
If you are invited to apply for the 491 visa, you will then have 60 days in which to submit your online application. Your invitation letter will explain the process you should follow. Invitations are based on claims made in your Expression of Interest at the time you are invited to apply. Your application must reflect the information provided in your Expression of Interest and be supported by relevant evidence.
There are a range of different factor that determine how long it takes for the 491 visa to be granted. The skills assessment application process can take 10 days to a few months depending on the skills assessing authority. The 491 visa application for points tested visas should take 7 to 8 months to process after you lodge your application. The processing time is for applications that have been submitted after receiving the Skill Select EOI (Expression of Interest) invitation to apply. Depending on your occupation and points you can receive an invitation to apply in a few days or several months. Invitations to apply are issued to applicants who have lodged and EOI and who have the highest points in their particular occupation. For visa processing times please refer to the information on the Department of Home Affairs website for https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-processing-times/global-visa-processing-times#
If you are granted the 491 visa, you need to live, work and study in the designated regional area for at least three years.
We have outlined the fees that are most likely to be incurred in Australian Dollars. Fees quoted below are for general skilled visa applications (Subclass 189/190/489/491) visas. Fees can increase without notice, so the fees can vary at the time of application.
You should allow at least AU$5,000 – AU$6,000 for a single applicant and at least AU$9,000 – AU$10,000 for a family of four (two adults and two children) excluding our fees.
If you are granted the 491 visa, you need to live, work and study in the designated regional area for at least three years
The 491 visa allows you and your dependents to:
Better Life Migration can assist you with the whole process from start to finish. This would include calculating your points score, preparing and lodging the skills assessment, state sponsorship, expression of interest and visa applications. We can also provide useful insights on how you can improve your points score and increase your chances of being invited to apply for the visa.Purchase Services
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