To be eligible for this visa, you must:
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.
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.
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.
Australia assesses the application on a case-by-case basis. The following factors affect your application processing time:
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.
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:
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