Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 491)

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Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 491)

Want to begin Your Adventure in Regional Australia?

Your path to Australian Regional Living with Subclass 491

Seeking a rewarding career and enriching lifestyle? Submerge yourself in Australia’s regional charm and opportunities with a subclass 491 visa designed for eligible skilled migrants. Providing you a stay in Australia for 5 years, this provisional visa allows you and your sponsored family to live and work in Australia. Elevate your quality of life as this visa also provides a pathway to permanent residency after three years of residence in a designated regional area. Experience the perks of regional living with our tailored service guiding you towards a future where success and fulfilment intersect seamlessly.

Eligibility and Requirements

Skilled Work Regional Provisional (Subclass 491) Visa Checklist for 2024

Confirm your eligibility and proceed with confidence in your application journey. Utilise our checklist as your guide to navigate the criteria for the Skilled Work Regional Visa Subclass 491 in 2024.

For Main Applicant:

  • You must receive an invitation to apply for the visa.
  • You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect.
  • You must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.
  • You must be under 45 years old when invited to apply; however, those turning 45 after receiving invitation can still apply for this visa.
  • You must have an occupation on a relevant skilled occupation list.
  • you must declare that you possess a suitable skills assessment at the time of invitation.
  • You must score a minimum of 65 points, or you will not be invited to apply for this visa.
  • You must demonstrate at least competent English proficiency.

For Subsequent Entrant:

  • You must be a member of the family unit of a subclass 491 visa holder.
  • If applying from within Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a subclass 010 Bridging A visa, subclass 020 Bridging B visa, or subclass 030 Bridging C visa.
  • There is no age restriction for this visa category.
  • You should have at least functional English proficiency or be prepared to pay a second installment if required by the authorities.

For Both:

  • You must meet health and character requirements for visa approval.
  • You must ensure any outstanding debts to the Australian Government are settled or under a repayment arrangement.
  • You must not have had any previous visa cancellations or application refusals.

Maximising Your Visa Approval Chances

Our Services for Provisional Regional Skilled Visa Subclass 491

Secure your nomination seamlessly with our personalised services covering everything from eligibility check to document management and application submission.

Check Eligibility and Skill Assessment

Our team will assist you in obtaining a positive skills assessment. We will evaluate your profile from your work experience to English language proficiency, and regional occupation demand to determine your chances of meeting the visa requirements. 

Submit an Expression of Interest

Once your eligibility is confirmed, we will assist you in preparing and submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect showcasing your skills, qualifications, and intention to live and work in a specific regional area of Australia. 

Receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA)

Upon submission of your EOI, we will monitor the progress and work towards securing an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the Australian authorities Our team will guide you through the next steps and proceed with your visa application.

Gather Required Documents

Ensuring your documents are complete, accurate, and meet all formatting requirements for visa application, we will assist you on compiling documents from educational certificates to additional documents required by the immigration authorities.

Prepare and Submit Application

Our experienced migration agents will meticulously review and edit your application for accuracy and completeness. We will organise and attach all required forms and documents meticulously, minimising errors and maximising chance of visa approval.

Visa Decision and Follow-up

Once your application is submitted, we will track your visa progress, liaise with the Department of Home Affairs, keep you informed of any updates or requests, and assist you with necessary follow-up actions after your visa decision.

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Ready to Start Your Australian Adventure?

Embrace a World of Opportunities

Embrace Your New Beginning in Regional Australia

Ensuring a seamless transition, our team will provide tailored assistance at every step, offering meticulous guidance from eligibility assessment to essential follow-up actions post your visa decision. Specialising in navigating the intricate process of the skilled migration 491 visa, our registered migration agents will ensure you meet the necessary points score and receive an invitation for application. Beyond handling documentation, we will equip you with essential knowledge, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the diverse opportunities of your new life in Australia.

Discover our diverse range of services and prepare to thrive in the vibrant landscape of Australia. Reach out to us today and embrace the exciting new chapter in your life with ease confidence, and enthusiasm.

Navigate the Unknown 

Common Concerns about Subclass 491 Visa Answered

The Subclass 491 Visa is a provisional skilled regional visa that allows skilled workers and their families to live, work, and study in designated regional areas of Australia. It aims to address skill shortages in regional areas and promote economic development in those regions.

With a regional visa Subclass 491, you can stay in Australia for up to five years. This provisional visa provides a pathway to permanent residency through the Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 191, which becomes available after holding the Subclass 491 Visa for at least three years.

Yes, family members can be included in your Subclass 491 Visa application. This includes your partner, dependent children, and other dependent relatives. Including family members allows them to live, work, and study in regional Australia with you.

The points system for the Subclass 491 Visa is based on various factors such as age, English language proficiency, skilled employment, education qualifications, and other specific criteria. You need minimum of 65 points score to be eligible to apply for this visa.

The process for applying for a Subclass 491 Visa involves several steps. This includes submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect, being nominated by a state or territory government agency or being sponsored by an eligible relative, and then receiving an invitation to apply. After receiving the invitation, you can lodge your visa application online with the required supporting documents.

Yes, there are English language requirements for the Subclass 491 Visa. You need to demonstrate English language proficiency by providing evidence of achieving the minimum required scores in an approved English language test, such as the IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE Academic.

After holding a provisional skilled regional Subclass 491 Visa for at least three years and meeting the other eligibility criteria, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through the Subclass 191 Visa. This visa allows you to permanently live and work in regional Australia.

The Subclass 491 Visa application process can vary depending on individual circumstances and processing times. Generally, the Department of Home Affairs processes visa applications in 10 to 29 months. It’s important to ensure all the required documents are provided accurately and promptly to avoid any delays.

Yes, you can study in Australia on a regional visa subclass 491. This visa allows you and your family members to enroll in eligible courses at educational institutions in regional areas. You may also be eligible for certain education benefits and support.

Yes, you can travel to and from Australia on a Subclass 491 Visa. This visa allows multiple entries, so you can leave and re-enter Australia as long as your visa remains valid.

If your Subclass 491 Visa application is refused, you may have options for review or appeal depending on the circumstances. It is important to carefully review the reasons for refusal and seek professional advice to understand your options.

To extend your stay in Australia beyond the Subclass 491 Visa, you can apply for subclass 191 permanent residence (Skilled Regional) visa. Also you can explore visa options such as applying for another visa, including employer-sponsored visas, skilled visas, or family visas, depending on your eligibility and circumstances. Consult with a qualified migration agent or seek professional advice to explore the best pathway for extending your stay in Australia.

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