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Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491)


An Overview

Australia Subclass 491 is a provisional visa that allows you to live and work in regional Australia for 5 years. The application fees for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa are AUD 4,045. Through this visa you can:

  • Live in Australia for 5 years;
  • Study or work in a designated regional area of the country;
  • Apply for PR Visa after three years from the time visa is granted;

To be eligible for this visa, you must:

  • Be nominated by a state or territory government agency to apply, or an eligible relative must sponsor you;
  • Have your occupation listed in the skilled occupation list;
  • Have a suitable skills assessment for your profession;
  • Meet the minimum points requirement;
  • Be invited to apply;


What is Subclass 491?

Skilled Work Regional 491 is a provisional visa through which you can live, work or study in a designated region of Australia for 5 years. While your visa is valid, you can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want. You can also apply for an Australia PR Visa (if eligible) through a Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) after you have held subclass 491 for a minimum of 3 years. 


Include your family members

You can include your family members when you have submitted your visa application. Dependent children can also be included even after a visa application has been submitted but before any decision is made on your application.

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What is the cost to apply for Australia Subclass 491 provisional visa?

The fee for the main applicant is AUD 4,045. For each additional family member with your application, you need to pay their fees also. 

You may be asked to pay extra for any applicant 18 years old or older with less than functional English. This charge is called the second installment. The fee for the second installment is AUD 4,890.

You can apply for this from outside or inside of Australia, but you must not be in immigration clearance when you have applied for the visa and a decision is being made on your application.


What is the processing time for Australia Subclass 491?

Australia assesses the application on a case-by-case basis. The following factors affect your application processing time:

  • if you have submitted a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents.
  • Your response time on any request for additional information.
  • Time taken on background checks on the supporting information provided.
  • Time is taken to receive additional information like character and health requirements from external bodies.


Eligibility criteria for Australia provisional visa subclass 491

Must be invited to apply for the visa. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in Skill Select also indicates whether a relative is going to sponsor you or you like to be nominated by a state or territory agency.   

  • Must be below 45 years of age.
  • Have a suitable skill assessment within 3 years of the date of your invitation.
  • Must score a minimum of 65 points or more in Skill Select.
  • Must have Competent English proficiency.
  • Your profession must be on the combined list of eligible skilled occupations for a Skilled Regional (subclass 491) visa.
  • You and your accompanying family members must meet the minimum health requirements.


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Easy steps to apply for Subclass 491 visa

Following are simple 5 steps you must follow to apply for Australia Subclass 491 visa:

Step 1: Submit an EOI through Skill Select.

Step 2: Gather your documents.

Step 3: Apply for Visa. You will have 60 days to submit your application after getting an invitation.

Step 4: Receive a bridging visa.

Step 5: Get your Subclass 491 visa. If you receive your visa you will be provided with:

  • Visa grant number
  • Date your visa starts
  • Visa conditions (if applicable)


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