Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional Visa is a new introduction by the Australian Department of Home Affairs that will replace the visa 489 on 16 November 2019. This is a points-tested visa for applicants sponsored by an Australian State or Territory Government or an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area of Australia. A total of 14,000 places are allocated this year for visa 491 by The Department of Home Affairs.Talk to an Expert to know more
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.”
|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|
Applicants applying for visa Subclass 491 must meet the below mentioned requirements to become eligible for visa subclass 491:
After residing in Australia for at least three years on Subclass 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.Free Assessment Form
Australia immigration department follows a point based system of immigrating the skilled applicants and therefore, this new visa subclass 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:
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.
The Australian Immigration department will give preference in the following hierarchical order:
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:
If you’ve already applied for visa 489 before the change then in such a case you will continue to have a PR pathway through visa subclass 887.
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 Immigration Assessment Form.
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