The New Skilled Work Regional (provisional)subclass 491 is a major replacement that has been made in place of visa subclass 489. This visa category is an apt choice for the skilled professionals and their families who wish to live, work and study in the regional areas of Australia for a period of 5 years. Well, it is not a type of permanent residency visa, however, visa 491 can be converted into a permanent visa post living there for 3 years.
In order to apply under this visa subclass, you need to meet to 2 conditions such as:
Visa 491 is a point-tested and a skilled visa that can help you enter the castle of success with great ease. All you need to do is meet the eligibility requirements such as the 45 age limit, a positive outcome of the skills assessment in the occupation listed in the skilled occupation list of Australia and many more, if you land into the world of opportunities with great ease.
Applicants applying for visa Subclass 491 must meet the below mentioned requirements to become eligible for visa subclass 491:
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:
The other Australia Points requirement will be on the basis of age, qualification, work experience, language ability for Visa 491
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.”
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:
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.
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:
You must carry out following documents while applying for Regional Subclass 491 visa:
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.
To know your occupation is in demand go through Visa 491 Occupation Demand List
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:
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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