Australian State Sponsored Visa: Skilled - Nominated Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491)

The state sponsored (nominated) Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491) is an Australian visa for skilled people wishing to live and work in a designated regional area in Australia.

You must score at least 65 points (the pass mark) on the Points Test to be eligible for this visa.

Applying for the Skilled - Nominated Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491)

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 a State or Territory Government and meet the basic requirements for this visa, you will then receive an Invitation to Apply.

To apply for this visa you must:

Find out if you pass the Immigration Points Test

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 or Territory government.

Once the Provisional visa has been granted, the holder must retain that visa for at least three 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 Skilled Visa Assessment

Australian State Sponsored Visa Application Process

The Skilled - Nominated Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491) is based on a three stage application process:

  • Stage 1

    The first stage of the application process involves completing a skills assessment with the relevant government body. Your skills assessment enables the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) to judge if you have the required level of skill in your chosen occupation to practice in Australia.
  • Stage 2

    Once you have received a positive skills assessment, you will need to submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. You can do this in or outside Australia. You will also need to apply for state sponsorship with an Australian state / territory. This will require that you meet the sponsorship requirements and have work experience in a position listed on one of their State Migration Plans.
  • Stage 3

    Once you have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA), you can continue to the DOHA stage of the application, where you can submit your final, complete application to be approved by DOHA so your visa can be granted. Priority processing arrangements apply to this visa. They determine the order in which the department considers applications regardless of when they have been lodged.

Your Australian State or Territory Sponsor

Nominees are selected by States or Territories in Australia to meet the skills shortages in those States or Territories and you are expected to live in your nominated State or Territory for the first three years of your new life in Australia

If you were successful in applying under this category, you would have to undertake the following obligations:

  • Live in the nominating State or Territory for at least three years;
  • Keep immigration authorities informed of changes to your address; and
  • Take part in surveys as required.

Each participating State/Territory maintains a list of occupations in demand as part of their State Migration Plan whereby nomination may be a possibility.

Moving from a provisional visa to a permanent visa

A successful applicant is given a 5 year multiple entry visa to live and work in a designated regional area of Australia. Applicants can live and work in any part of Australia excluding Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth and Melbourne.

Through a two stage visa process, Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa holders must live and work in a designated regional area of Australia

  • Having lived in regional Australia for at least three years; and
  • Having been employed (including self employed) for at least 3 years in regional Australia; and
  • Being able to show earnings of at least AUD$ 53,900 for past 3 years in regional Australia.

Applicants may apply for the following permanent residence visa:

  • Skilled - Regional (subclass 191)



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