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Australian State Sponsored Visa: Skilled - Nominated (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489)

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The Skilled - Nominated (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) is an Australian state sponsored visa for skilled people wishing to live and work in a regional or low population growth area in Australia.

You must score at least 60 points (the pass mark) on the Points Test to be eligible for this visa.

Applying for the Skilled - Nominated (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489)

To be able to lodge a valid application for this visa you need to first submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. You can do this in or outside Australia.

If you secure sponsorship from an eligible relative and meet the basic requirements for this visa, you will then receive an Invitation To Apply.

To apply for this visa you must:

Visa Sponsorship by a State or Territory Government

The success of a visa application will be based on a combination of skills, work experience and nomination by a State/Territory government.

Once the Provisional visa has been granted, the holder must retain that visa for at least two years to be eligible to apply for a permanent Regional visa.

The following States/Territories participate in the Skilled - Nominated (Provisional) visa sponsorship scheme:

Australian State Sponsored Visa Application Process

The Skilled - Nominated Visa (Provisional) (subclass 489) is based on a three stage application process:


Moving from a provisional visa to a permanent visa

Through a two stage visa process, Skilled - Nominated (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa holders must live and work in or a low population growth metropolitan area

may apply for the following permanent residence visas: