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Skilled Regional Work Visa 491

The Australia Skilled Work Regional 491 visa is a provisional visa that permits skilled applicants to live, work and settles in any designated regional area or territory of Australia. You are eligible to apply for Australia permanent residency visa after living for 3 years on the Subclass 491 visa. You may be in or outside Australia in order to lodge a valid 491 visa application.

Skilled Work Regional Visa (Subclass 491) Process

A 491 Visa is a point based visa which allows skilled and potential workers to relocate in Australia on a temporary basis. For the 491 visa stream, you need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and meet all the desired eligibility requirements.

Check Your Eligibility

In order to apply for 491 visa stream, first make sure whether or not your occupation is being mentioned under Australian Skilled occupational list and need to gain at least 65 points.

Submit an EOI

After checking your eligibility, the next step you need to follow is that to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) under the Skilled Work Regional Subclass 491 visa.

Wait for the Invitation

You are required to wait patiently for the 491 visa invitations that are regularly declared by Australia immigration Department. Meanwhile, you have to confirm that if you obtained required immigration points for 491 Visa.

Apply for the Visa

After getting ITA (invitation to apply), you have to gather all the appropriate documents and apply for 491 visa within 60 days of invitation.

Skilled Work Regional Visa

(Subclass 491)

An Australia Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visa is applicable for eligible skilled workers and their families to live, work and settle within designated regional territory of Australia for 5 years on temporarily basis. The 491 visa holders can apply for permanent residency visa after living for 3 years in particular Australia regional area.

A 491 visa holder can avail for several benefits after staying in specific Australia regional territory. You can include eligible family members under 491 visa stream and to earn 15 additional points after getting sponsorship or regional territory nomination.
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Candidates applying for Skilled work regional 491 visa has to satisfy all the required eligibility criteria. It is evident for you to score at least 65 immigration point out of 100 to become eligible for residing in particular regional area. Read more

The Submission of visa application fee must be required to pay in order to obtain regional 491 visa. You need to submit approximately AUD 4,045 under 491 visa. Though, fee may change from time to time with no prior notification.
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Are you willing to apply for 491 visa stream? If yes, then you surely need to get 491 visa updates that will be declared from time to time by Australia immigration authority. The 491 visa updates includes latest draws, changes made in visa and other necessary details.

To apply under Skilled work Regional 491 visa, you need that your occupation must be lies under the Regional Occupational List (ROL) of Australia. This lists displayed more occupations that are recently in higher demand in Regional territory of Australia.
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In order to apply for the Skilled Regional 491 visa, it includes some processing time to effectively process your visa application. The overall processing time based upon certain suitable factors which you need to go through like total number of application received, number of invitation and others factors.
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Without submission of correct documents, you cannot proceed further. Thus, it is mandatory for you to submit the required documents in order to effectively hold a 491 visa. You need to submit desirable documents with respect to your education, English language proficiency proof and others.
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What are Regarded as “Designated Regional Areas” of Australia?

The designated areas of Australia are any part of the country excluding Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth and Melbourne. Just like the visa 489, the regions of Newcastle, Wollongong and the NSW Central Coast will be designated regional areas.

This visa may be only applied for by holders of the new Subclass 491 and Subclass 494 Visa. The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman states, “The new subclass 491 visa replicates many existing general requirements for permanent residence, and most other visas, including security, health and character requirements.”


Subclass Visa Programs Under Visa 491


Regional Subclass 491 Visa Benefits

As 491 visa is a provisional visa which gives you priority to live and work in Australia, although the visa grant you some of major benefits as summarized given below:

  • You can apply for Australia permanent residency visa that further will allow you to stay for indefinite time period.
  • More eligible occupations are available under 491 visa.
  • The regional 491 visa facilitates you to live for 5 years on a temporary basis.
  • Apart from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, rest all the regional territories are considered in Australia 491 visa.
  • You can get additional 15 points on Australia point test through Subclass 491 visa.
  • You can enroll for healthcare and Medicare facilities.
  • You can access to more regional occupations jobs compared with non-regional occupational demand lists.

Regional Postcodes Applicable for 491 Visa

State or Territory Category Postcodes
New South Wales Cities and major regional centres 2259, 2264 to 2308, 2500 to 2526, 2528 to 2535 and 2574
New South Wales Regional centres and other regional areas 2250 to 2258, 2260 to 2263, 2311 to 2490, 2527, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2739, 2753 to 2754, 2756 to 2758 and 2773 to 2898
Victoria Cities and major regional centres 3211 to 3232, 3235, 3240, 3328, 3330 to 3333, 3340 and 3342
Victoria Regional centres and other regional areas 3097 to 3099, 3139, 3233 to 3234, 3236 to 3239, 3241 to 3325, 3329, 3334, 3341, 3345 to 3424, 3430 to 3799, 3809 to 3909, 3912 to 3971 and 3978 to 3996
Queensland Cities and major regional centres 4207 to 4275, 4517 to 4519, 4550 to 4551, 4553 to 4562, 4564 to 4569 and 4571 to 4575
Queensland Regional centres and other regional areas 4124 to 4125, 4133, 4183 to 4184, 4280 to 4287, 4306 to 4498, 4507, 4552, 4563, 4570 and 4580 to 4895
Western Australia Cities and major regional centres 6000 to 6038, 6050 to 6083, 6090 to 6182, 6208 to 6211, 6214 and 6556 to 6558
Western Australia Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in Western Australia not mentioned above
South Australia Cities and major regional centres 5000 to 5171, 5173 to 5174, 5231 to 5235, 5240 to 5252, 5351 and 5950 to 5960
South Australia Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in South Australia not mentioned above
Tasmania Cities and major regional centres 7000, 7004 to 7026, 7030 to 7109, 7140 to 7151 and 7170 to 7177
Tasmania Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in Tasmania not mentioned above
Australian Capital Territory Cities and major regional centres All postcodes in the ACT
Australian Capital Territory Regional centres and other regional areas None
Northern Territory Cities and major regional centres None
Northern Territory Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in the NT
Norfolk Island Cities and major regional centres None
Norfolk Island Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in Norfolk Island
Other Territories Cities and major regional centres None
Other Territories Regional centres and other regional areas All postcodes in a Territory other than the ACT, NT, or Norfolk Island

What are the Eligibility Requirements for Visa Subclass 491?

Applicants applying for visa Subclass 491 must meet the below mentioned requirements to become eligible for visa subclass 491:

  • You must be under 45 years of age at the time of visa lodgment
  • You must have a positive skill assessment
  • You must have decent English language score
  • You must have relevant full-time work experience in a nominated occupation listed on relevant SOL List Australia
  • You must agree to live and work in a regional area for at least five years. You must live, work and study only in regional areas and if employer sponsored then only in nominated position.
  • You may move only between the designated regional areas
  • You must agree to complete at least three years in a designated regional area to become eligible for applying different visa categories.
  • You must meet health and character requirements

After residing in Australia for at least three years on Visa 491 or Subclass 494 and have complied with the conditions on that visa and have met the taxable income requirements, you will be eligible to apply for Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa.

Regional Subclass 491 Visa Fees

The visa cost for 491 visa may change at any time without prior notice and the cost of your visa application totally rely on the date you 491 visa application received. If it happens that there is increase in the charges of visa application, then you need to pay the required amount.

The entire 491 visa fees have to be paid in Australian dollars (AUD) terms. Fees have to pay either through Debit card or through credit card. For main applicant, the 491 visa costs around AUD 4045 and the same fees is for Subsequent applicants.

However, you have to pay required fees amount for Medical Examination, police check fees and other mandatory required amount.

Australia 491 Visa Documents Checklist

It is mandatory to furnish all the document credentials under the Subclass 491 visa. Submission of accurate documents eases you to complete entire process within time period. Keep in mind the following points before you are going to submit your documents:

  • Documents that are submitted must be properly scanned and uploaded.
  • The submitted documents must be certified from the original copies.
  • No original documents should be attached with your 491 visa application without any permission of Australia immigration authority.
  • The documents that are not in English, it should be provide through accredited English translations.

You must carry out following documents while applying for Regional Subclass 491 visa:

  • Identity documents to prove your personal details.
  • Relationship documents that is to show your relation with spouse.
  • Character documents which proves that you are in good character.
  • Competent English documents like ILETS or PTE results.
  • Partner documents if your partner sponsors you.
  • Documents related to Skill Assessment test.
  • Expression of Interest (EOI) documents.
  • Educational credentials in order to prove you have gained education from recognized institution.
  • Sponsor documents to show that an eligible relative sponsors you.
  • Nomination documents in order to prove you are being nominated from designated regional territory of Australia.

Thus, Documents plays a pivotal role while your process for 491 visa is under process. Make sure to gather and collect all required documents to gain Regional 491 visa.

How Will be Points Given For The Subclass 491 Visa?

Australia immigration department follows a point based system of immigrating the skilled applicants and therefore, this new visa Visa 491 will be no different. In fact, there is a revised points system introduced by the department for the 491 visa that will let you earn extra points towards overall Australia PR Points score:

With the new Australia PR point system, you will get:

  • 15 points for a nomination from family or regional part of a state/territory
  • 10 points for Masters or PhD level Australian qualification in specific areas (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics- STEM)
  • You will be awarded 10 points if any of the requirements are met:
    1. You have a skilled partner or spouse with under 45 years of age having positive skill assessment in an occupation on the same demand list as you and Competent English; or
    2. You have a de facto partner or spouse; or
    3. You are single
  • You will be awarded 5 points if your partner can demonstrate competent English

The other Australia Points requirement will be on the basis of age, qualification, work experience, language ability as they were under visa 489 and other skilled visas.


When Will You Be Invited For 491 Visa?

The Australian Immigration department will give preference in the following hierarchical order:

  • Preference will be first given to the applicants having skilled partner or applicant without a partner
  • Second preference will be given to the applicant having a partner with competent English (do not have the skills for skilled partner points)
  • Third preference will be given to the applicant with a partner who is ineligible for either competent English or Skilled partner points
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How Can 491 Visa Leads to Permanent Residency of Australia?

The visa subclass 491 is a five-year visa and as discussed above after meeting the eligible requirements you can access permanent residence through the subclass 191 (Permanent Residence (skilled regional) )
when the following requirements are met:

  • You have live, worked or studies in a designated area for at least 3 years on a visa 491
  • You have the earnings of at least $53,900 for three years.
How Can Aptech Global Assist You With New Complications of Australian Immigration?

Any new visa subclass introduction or change in visa categories/ point system can be little tricky and daunting task. To compress the trickiness and easy understanding of the process, contact the visa and immigration experts of Aptech Global by filling the Australia Assessment Form.


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