Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

Subclass 491

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa 491

Skilled Work Regional subclass visa 491 Australia is a provisional visa that opens the door for skilled professionals to reside, study, and work for five years in regional Australia.

What does Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa 491 let you do?

Holders of visa 491 Australia can apply for permanent residency through the Skilled Regional Visa Subclass 191 after 3 years of living, working and studying in regional Australia. Subclass visa 491 is a points-tested visa. This provisional visa is for skilled workers willing to live and work in a designated region of Australia. It lets the applicant stay in Australia for five years. The person must have an occupation listed on a relevant skilled occupation list. It lets you travel to and from Australia multiple times while the visa 491 Australia is valid. You can also include your family members in your visa 491 Australia application. 

What are the different streams of Visa 491 Australia?

Family Sponsored Stream

To be eligible under this stream, you must have an eligible family member living in the designated regional area of Australia who can sponsor you and your family members. Department of Home Affairs must invite you to apply under this stream

State Nomination

The State Regional Nomination stream is for applicants who are nominated by a state upon meeting state requirements for subclass visa 491. You must be nominated by a state or territory government of Australia before you can lodge visa 491.
You can also include family members in their visa 491 Australia application.

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What are the eligibility requirements for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa 491 Australia? 



Be invited

A person can only apply for a visa 491 Australia if the Department of Home Affairs invite them. The person needs to submit an expression of interest to tell the Department of Home Affairs they would like to apply for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa 491. After the applicant submits an expression of interest, they might be nominated for visa 491 by a state or territory government, or if they have family member living in designated regional Australia, the DHA invites thhem to apply for a visa 491. 

Points Score

You must score at least 65 points or more to be eligible for applying for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa 491. The score on the applicant's invitation letter is based on the information in their EOI.


You must be less than 45 years of age to receive an invitation. If the person turns 45 after receiving the invitation, they can still apply for this visa. However, they will only be invited if they turn 45 after submitting an EOI and before an invitation is issued. But there is no age limit for Skilled Work Regional Provisional visa- Subsequent entrant.

Be Nominated or Sponsored

To apply for Skilled Work Regional Provisional (Visa 491 Australia). You must be either nominated by:

  • an Australian state government agency or territory government agency, or
  • sponsored by an eligible relative residing in a designated regional area.

Meet the skills requirement

The occupation you are applying for can be in either the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or a Regional Occupation List (ROL). 

English language

The applicant must either provide evidence of their English language skills when they apply for this visa or show that they hold a valid passport from the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland. Generally, the evidence is an English language test result. e.g. IELTS, PTE, TOEFL etc. The test results must not be more than three years old, and the applicant must have scored an overall score of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.0 in each component in IELTS (or equivalent).

Skill Assessment

You must be able to provide a copy of your skill assessment with your visa 491 Australia application. Skill assessment is conducted by a relevant assessing authority based on your industry. Your skill assessment must be less than three years old before the invitation date. Way2Oz Migration can assist in getting your skill assessment done.

Health requirement

You and any family members who apply for the Visa 491 Australia with you must meet Australia's health requirements. The Department of Home Affairs might also ask that other non-migrating family members meet the requirement.

Character requirement

You and any family members who apply for visa 491 Australia with you must meet Australia's character requirements. The Department of Home Affairs might also ask that other non-migrating family members meet the requirement.

Cost for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa ?

 Please visit Australian government site for current Visa Cost

Processing time for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa ?

Processing time for this visa can vary. Please visit Australian government site for current. Processing Time 

How can you apply for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa 491?

You can apply for visa 491 Australia either onshore or offshore, but you must not be in immigration clearance at the time of application and decision. The Process:

  • Check if you meet all eligibility criteria
  • Complete the Skills Assessment of your nominated occupation
  • Lodge EOI
  • Apply for State Nomination (if applicable)
  • Get invited to apply for Visa 491 Australia
  • Lodge visa 491 Australia application

How can Way2Oz help you to apply for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa 491?

The visa 491 Australia process is complex, and that's why applicants who try to do all the work by themselves without consulting a migration agent are sure to make mistakes, which can lead to visa rejection. The most common cause of visa rejection is the lack of proof of the claims that you have made. That is the reason most individuals take the help of a migration consultancy agency like us. We have experience, knowledge, and extensive expertise that make us capable enough to serve our clients. We thoroughly check every point, verify all the documents, leaving no scope for mistakes, and help you lodge the visa 491 Australia application successfully.

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