491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

A temporary visa developed to bring skilled individuals and their families to regional Australia, with an option for permanent residency in future.

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Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

Subclass 491

The 491 visa requires nomination from an Australian State or Territory government or eligible Australian relative, with the committment that applicants will settle in a regional area of Australia.

A condition of the visa limits all visa holders to living, working, and studying in regional Australia. This is to ensure skills are brought to the areas of most need, and to support regional communities to grow and thrive.


Requirements For the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

(Subclass 491)

Applicants undergo evaluation through a points-based system, where factors like age, English language proficiency, work experience, and education contribute to their overall score. Additional points are contributed by the nominating relative or State/Territory Government, which is particularly attractive for older applicants to counteract a low age score.

Applicants must:

  • be under 45 years of age
  • nominate an occupation:
    • on any of the available skilled occupation lists, that is also on that that is also on the State/Territory’s sponsorship list – State Nominated pathway
    • from the Medium-Long Term Skills Shortage List (MLTSSL) – Family nominated pathway
  • obtain the specified skills assessment for the nominated occupation
  • demonstrate at least Competent level English
  • provide evidence of support from an eligible Australian relative living in regional Australia, or obtain State/Territory nomination
  • meet health and character requirements

Applicants first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via the SkillSelect system, and await an invitation to apply for a visa.

The 491 is a provisional visa, meaning holders are monitored and have specific reporting conditions. Once they have lived and worked in Australia for at least 3 years, a pathway to permanent residency via the subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa.