The new Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) offers benefits:

  • The visa is now valid for five years. You can claim more points. And, access to more eligible occupations.
  • The Department of Home Affairs will introduce the new skilled regional provisional visa in November 2019, it comes with a new permanent visa pathway from November 2022.
  • The new 491 visa is an Australian Government programme to bring migrants to regional areas of Australia. That’s because these areas often experience labour market shortages.

What is the new Subclass 491 Skilled work visa?

  • Access to an increased number of eligible occupations (over 500)
  • Time required to live and work in regional Australia in order to be eligible for permanent residency will increase from two years to three years. However, the visa validity period will also increase from four years to five years.
  • Increase in points awarded for state nomination or family sponsorship (10 to 15), partner skills (5 to 10), partner English (5 to 10) and selected STEM occupations (5 to 10). Applicants without a spouse or partner will receive an additional 10 points.
  • Priority processing of applications, but at this stage there are no detail of what this means.
  • Live in most areas of Australia, except the metropolitan areas of such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Perth.

How do you apply for a 491 (Provisional) Visa?

The Subclass 491 visa will open to applications in November 2019. If you want to apply for this visa, you should meet the following requirements:

  • Be under 45 years
  • At least 3 years work experience
  • Have a valid skill assessment
  • Demonstrate competent English
  • Meet the health and character requirements

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