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.”
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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