Subclass 491

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa - Main applicant

What is a Subclass 491?​


This visa is for skilled people nominated by a state or territory government, or sponsored by eligible relatives to live and work in regional Australia.

  • Live, work and study in a designated regional area of Australia for 5 years;
  • Apply for permanent residence after 3 years if eligible;
  • Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want, while the visa is valid

To apply for this visa, you must:

Let’s go through the whole process one step at a time

Step 1: Before your visa application

Before applying the subclass 491 visa, there are 3 steps you should take:

– First, you need to get Skills Assessment (SA). Check the Skilled Occupation list and identify the ANZSCO code of your occupation. 

– Then, check its assessing authority, contact them to submit a SA application. The standards of SA include qualifications and working experience.

– Additionally, check the specific criteria of the state or territory government agency where you want to apply, as each has their own nomination process and requirements.

Step 2: Submit an EOI - Receive sponsorship

– Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to let the government know you are interested in applying for a visa; and

– Receive nomination from State or territory government agency by being invited to apply for state sponsorship; or

– Advise in your EOI if you will be sponsored by an eligible relative.

Step 3: Wait for invitation to apply for visa and gather documents

– You must gather and prepare supporting documents to prove your claims in the EOI and meet the visa criteria.

Step 4: Apply for visa

– When receiving the invitation, you have 60 days to apply for the visa, either in or from outside Australia.

– If your visa is approved, you will receive your visa grant number, start date, and relevant conditions.


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