Who is Skilled Work Regional 491 Visa suitable for?

Skilled Work Regional 491 visa is suitable for applicants who cannot achieve high enough points for the EOI score, and does not mind living and working in Regional Australia.

There are a few key benefits of Skilled Work Regional 491 visa. The nominating State will provide additional 15 points for your EOI score. There is a pathway to permanent residency (PR) with the 191 visa.

491 Main Eligibility

491 Main Conditions

  • For offshore applicants, first entry must be made before the date specified by the Minister
  • You may be required to live, work and study only in the designated regional area

Did you know for 491?

  • Eligible family or relative who can sponsor your visa can be parent, child, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, nephew, niece, grandparent, and first cousin. Your step and adoptive family members may also be eligible
  • Only occupations from the MLTSSL occupation list are available for the Family Sponsorship, and occupations from all 3 occupation lists (MLTSSL, STSOL, ROL) are available for the State/Territory nomination
  • The 2020-21 Migration program planning level for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) is 11,200
  • You may be eligible to apply for the Subclass 191 permanent visa

Skilled Work Regional 491 Additional Information

Stay5 years with pathway to Skilled Regional visa subclass 191 which is a permanent visa
CostAUD4,115 for primary applicant
AUD2,060 for additional applicant over 18 years
AUD1,030 for additional applicant under 18 years

If applicant does not have at least Functional English, they are required to pay the second instalment charge as follows:
AUD4,890 for any applicant over 18
Processing TimeState/Territory Government Nominated Regional:
75% of applications: 6 months
90% of applications: 14 months

Family Sponsored Regional:
75% of applications: 9 months
90% of applications: 11 months

Health Requirement

You and your family members may be required to take a health examinations to meet the health requirement to show that you are free from any disease or condition that is:

  • a significant healthcare and community service cost to the Australian community
  • likely to limit the access of Australian citizens and permanent residents to healthcare and community services that are in short supply by placing demand on those services.

Your health examination will include the standard medical examination. Additional tests (such as TB Screen test, chest x-ray, and HIV test) will be required by different age groups. In some circumstances, you may be required to take additional tests such as: hepatitis B and C test, syphilis test, HIV test, and tests that address your specific health risks.

Character Requirement

You must be of good character and pass the character test. There are a number of circumstances where you may not pass the character test. For example, if you have a substantial criminal record. A substantial criminal record means if you have been:

  • sentenced to death or imprisonment for life
  • sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 12 months or more
  • sentenced to two or more terms of imprisonment (even if served concurrently) where the total is 12 months or more
  • found by a court to not be fit to plead in relation to an offence but found to have committed the offence and detained in a facility or institution

You may be required to obtain one or more documents to prove your character, such as: a police certificate, Form 80, character statutory declaration, military certificate, or a letter of good conduct from an employer.


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