As a result of Australian government’s decision to ease the high demand and the current congestion in major cities such as Sydney and Melbourne, the government has made a decision to divert more of the new migrants to regional areas. As per this decision, the government has increased the quota allocated for regional visas.
Subclass 491 is a provisional visa that when granted, the applicant can live, work, study up to 5 years in a designated regional area in Australia. Each state has different set of requirements for this visa. Unlike Skilled Independent visa, you will need to show the commitment to the state in order to succeed nomination in this category. Once granted you are required to fulfill this commitment.
What are the Designated Regional areas?
Designated regional areas can be considered as “All of Australia except Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane area. Perth and Gold Coast are now considered as regional areas.
· Can access to more points when nominated under SC 491 Skill work regional
· Receive priority processing.
· All members of families can live, work and study in regional areas.
· Eligible to apply PR after 3 years.
· Grant up to 5 years
Pathways to apply:
How to Apply:
Applicants can apply by submitting an EOI (Expression of Interest) and receiving an invitation to apply. An expression of Interest (EOI) is an indication that you would like to be considered for a skill visa.
EOI need to be submitted through Skillselect which manages who can apply for visas. Only applicants who received an Invitation in Skillselect are eligible to start the visa process and submit the application.
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