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Skilled Regional Work Visa 491

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:

  • You must achieve a nomination certificate from an Australian State or territory or,
  • You must be sponsored by any eligible family member who’s currently residing in a designated regional area of Australia, followed by submission of Expression of Interest in the online Skill Select System.
  • 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.

    What are the Eligibility Requirements for Visa 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

    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 for Visa 491

    Regions to Apply for Australia 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.”



    Benefits of Australia Visa 491

    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 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.


    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
    Immigration Expert
    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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