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Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 Visa

What is a subclass 491 visa?

A new provisional visa, the Australia Subclass 491 visa makes it possible for skilled workers to settle, as well as work and study in an assigned regional area of Australia. With this Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa, you can also have your family members staying, as well as studying and working in the nominated regional area of Australia. The 491 visa, which replaces the 489 visa, requires you to be nominated by a state or territory government agency or sponsored by a qualified relative. It permits you to be in regional Australia for 5 years and fly to and from Australia several times until the time the visa is valid.


Eligibility Requirements for Subclass 491 Visa

The subclass 491 visa Australia asks for complying with the following eligibility requirements.

  • A state or territory nomination or family member sponsorship is a prerequisite for this skilled (provisional) 491 visa. However, it should be noted that conforming to the 491 nomination requirements does not guarantee a state sponsorship. You should also satisfy the subclass 491 regional visa conditions of the Department of Home Affairs to be granted a visa under nomination.


Where you want a state or territory agency to nominate you, then you need to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) and attain enough points to get selected. In case of sponsorship by a relative, you need to prove that he/she is:

  • 18 years of age
  • typically, a resident in an assigned regional area of Australia
  • an Australian permanent resident (PR), Australian citizen, or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • your eligible relation or your partner’s eligible relation in case your partner is also included in the application

For the purpose, an eligible relation includes a parent, a child, a brother or sister (can be adopted or step), an uncle, an aunt (can be adopted or step), a nephew, a niece (includes adopted or step), a grandparent or a first cousin.

  • Your age must be below 45 to receive an ‘invitation to apply’ for subclass 491 visa
  • You have to ensure that your occupation is listed on the “Combined Skilled Occupation List”, which includes the ‘Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List’ (MLTSSL) and ‘Short-term Skilled Occupation List’ (STSOL), Furthermore, it can also be listed of the Regional list.
  • You need to confirm that you have an appropriate skills assessment from the authority assessing the relevant skills. Nevertheless, it is essential to know the relevant assessing authority to your nominated occupation and prepare for it ahead for the assessment of the occupation and experience takes much time and may differ between different authorities. It is advisable to have the assessment done earlier i.e., in the three years before the date you receive the invitation and have a copy of it.
  • Where you are an international student graduate who has completed your study in Australia, you are eligible to apply for a 491 visa provided you have taken your degree, diploma, or trade qualification from a CRICOS registered tertiary institution of a relevant state or territory.
  • You must score the highest points on the 491 visa points test though the qualifying score is 65 points. The cut-off for subclass 491 invitations sent in June 2020 is for 70 minimum points score.
  • As for English language skills, you should have competent English, and prove it through attaining any of the English language test scores:
  • A minimum score of 6 in each of the four components on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test
  • Scores of no less than 13, 21, 12 and 18 for reading, writing, listening and speaking respectively on the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)
  • A score no less than 50 in each of the four parts on the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
  • A minimum grade of B in each of the four parts on the Occupational English Test (OET)
  • A score of not less than 169 for each of the four parts on the Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) test

It is important to note that you should have taken any of the above tests within three years before the 491 visa application date. Moreover, while applying for a 491 provisional visa, if there is a family relative who is 18 years or more applying for it, along with you, then such a person must prove that he/she has functional English or has paid the second instalment of the 491 visa application charge.

  • You, along with your family members, have to comply with the health and character requirements and get adequate documents as evidence.
  • Where you or any member of your family have any debt to pay to the Australian government, it has to be paid back or agreed on to pay back.
  • You are eligible only if you are invited to file a 491 visa application.


Checklist of Documents for Subclass 491 Visa Australia

Your claims on the EOI should be substantiated by the documents mentioned below:

  • A copy of original and valid passport showing your personal details
  • A national identity card
  • Color photographs (passport-size)
  • Any documents confirming the name change, if any.
  • Relationship documents for evidence of you being married, a widower or a divorcee.
  • Skills assessment certificate
  • Test reports that show your English language competency
  • Documents that show your educational qualifications
  • A copy of commitment to the state or territory in writing
  • A police certificate to prove your character
  • A health assessment report
  • Documents related to skilled employment
  • Any other documents as evidence against the claims made in the EOI
  • If you have assigned a registered immigration consultant to be of help to you for completing the 491 visa application form and applying for a provisional 491 visa, then you have to submit Form 956a for having the authorized recipient of your correspondence or Form 956 for getting assistance from an Australia migration agent.
  • Documents for dependents of and under18 years old
  • Documents for dependents over 18-year old
  • Where you are sponsored, then documents related to it.
  • Documentary evidence supporting your financial position
  • An offer of employment, if any


Steps to Apply for Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 491)

The process for an Australia 491 visa is similar to that of other points-based visas, where you have to fill in a 491 visa application form and validate it with necessary 491 visa documents. Here you can ask for the help of an authorized immigration agent who can assist you with professional services. At ImmigrationHelp, we are up-to-date with the 491 visa process and follow a systematic and direct approach, which results in giving higher chances of acquiring a 491 regional visa.

We ensure that we work closely with you at every step of the visa process to avoid any mistakes. You can lodge you 491 visa application by following the steps given below.

Step 1: To start with, it is advisable to have a free consultation with our expert lawyers, which will help us know your position and advise you the most suitable skilled visa you can apply for. In case of any problems, we can address and deal with them in the early stage itself.

Step 2: As a 491 visa applicant, you have to conform to the essential 491 visa eligibility requirements, such as a state or territory government nomination or an eligible family member sponsorship, an appropriate skills assessment, competent English skills and a high score on the points-based test.

Some of the above requisites are to be acquired in the 3 years before you submit the application. If not, we can assist you in arranging them. Our expertise and experience in the field have enabled us to help our clients lodge a subclass 491 visa application successfully, as well as handle any legal procedures.

Step 3: Submitting an EOI and letting know the state or territory and Department of Home Affairs the visa you want is important. We see that you prepare an EOI (expression of interest) effectively and ensure that you score enough points to get selected in the SkillSelect. When doing by themselves, the applicants face some issues related to choosing the visa class, job description and questions and answers on the form, etc., which will lead to inaccuracy and undue delay in getting the 491 visa. On successful submission, you will receive an email confirming the same.

Step 4: Supporting documents against the claims made in the 491 visa EOI are essential for the consideration of the application. We can be of help to you by making sure that all the documents relevant to the information are gathered. A few of the subclass 491 visa documents are in regards to identity, character, sponsor, relationship, competent English skills, skills assessment, and dependents under or over 18.

As a recognized immigration consultant Adelaide, we prepare a written submission even before presenting your case in the best possible way. Thereupon, we ensure that we give you genuine information to elude any denial of 491 visa application under Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020.

Step 5: The processing of your EOI for Australia subclass 491 visa takes some time and you have to wait until an ‘invitation to apply’ is received.

Step 6: Where you are one among those selected in the pool, you are sent an ‘invitation to apply’. On receiving it, we will see that you prepare and file your visa application within 60 days, with all the required evidence. The 491 visa processing time is subject to the applicants’ circumstances; nonetheless, it takes 6 to 8 months for processing 491 visa. Since Australia immigration is governed by law, innocence and carelessness are hardly considered, while the decision on a 491 skilled visa is made on legal, as well as rational principles.

The onshore applicants who are on a bridging visa will wait until they know the result of their subclass 491 visa Australia.

Step 7:  Where you are granted a subclass 491 visa, you will be informed the 491 visa grant number, the visa starting date and conditions, if any.


What Are the Benefits of Subclass 491 Visa?

Acquiring the Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa gives you the following benefits:

  • You can find your occupation from exhaustive lists, which include MLTSSL, STSOL and Regional.
  • Skilled visas, such as 491 come under priority processing with the Department of Home Affairs.
  • You can be in Australia for 5 years from the time the visa was granted to you. You are allowed to work and also study staying in a particular regional area of Australia.
  • Where you are eligible, you can apply an Australia PR, being a 491 visa holder.
  • You are permitted to fly from and to Australia until you hold a valid 491 visa.

What Are the New Conditions Imposed on Subclass 491 Visa?

The new 491 visa comes with a few new conditions, such as the said visa holder has to inform the immigration authority of any change in the residential address, telephone number, email address, passport details, etc., within 14 days from the time when the change happened (condition 8578). The 491 visa holder cannot stay and work anywhere in Australia other than in a nominated regional area (condition 8579).

The holder of visa 491 is required to provide the employment details and education and personal details in writing within 28 days if asked for by the Minister (condition 8580). And finally, a 491 visa holder has to attend interviews if asked for by the Minister in writing (condition 8581).



The transition from 491 Visa to 191 Visa

With the Skilled Work Regional 491 visa being a provisional visa, it offers a pathway to the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) (Subclass 191) visa. The regulations are however a little different, with the requirement of 3-year taxable income.

How is Subclass 491 Visa different from Subclass 190 Visa? (491 vs. 190)?

The state or territory sponsorship makes these two types of visa look similar; nevertheless, there are a few distinct features that make them different. Here are the points that differentiate the subclass 491 visa from subclass 190 visa.

Category: The subclass 491 visa is categorized as the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa, while the 190 visa is a Skilled Nominated visa, which is a permanent one.

Points-Based: Both the visas are similar in a way that they need submission of an EOI and scoring of a minimum 65 points or more to get selected for an ‘invitation to apply’. For both the visas, you score extra points, such as 5 points for 190 visa and 15 points for 491 visa, on account of state nomination.

Permanent Residence: The subclass 190 visa offers you an Australia PR, which permits you to settle in Australia indefinitely. It is not the same as the subclass 491 visa, which allows you to be in an assigned regional area in Australia for 5 years. You can, however, apply for a permanent residence through subclass 191 visa, if eligible.

Skilled Occupation List: Your 491 skilled occupation can be found in any of the MLTSSL, STSOL and Regional, thereby offering you an exhaustive list. The skilled occupations for a subclass 190 visa is restricted to the lists MLTSSL and STSOL.

Include Family: The family members can be included for both the types of visas.

Visa Cost: The visa cost for the primary applicant is the same for both the visas, while for the other costs, it depends on the individual circumstances.

Visa ProcessStage 1: Both 491 and 190 visa categories ask for a suitable skills assessment. Stage 2: You have to lodge a completed EOI in both the cases; however, you need to be either designated by a state or territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member in the case of subclass 491 visa, while the state or territory nomination is must for the subclass 190 visa. Stage 3: You are invited to apply, whether it is for 491 or 190 visa.

Processing Time: Applications for 491 or 190 visas are assessed on a case-by-case basis and hence, the actual processing time varies depending on the individual circumstances. Nonetheless, much depends on the points scored, occupation and state nomination or family sponsorship during stages 1 and 2, which generally takes 3 months or more. As for stage 3, you need to file a visa application, which typically takes 3 to 6 months.

Stay and Work: When you can stay in Australia indefinitely by acquiring the 190 visa, it is not possible with a 491 provisional visa, which permits you to stay and work in Australia for only 5 years.

Australian Citizenship: Where you are eligible, you can apply for Australian citizenship with a 190 visa, but it is not the same with the subclass 491 visa for it gives you a chance to apply for an Australian PR, if eligible.

What is the Price for 491 Visa?

There is a primary applicant fee which is same for all the skilled visas. You have to pay AUD 4,045 as the 491 visa fee, along with the completed subclass 491 visa application form. For family members who also apply for the visa with you, there is an additional 491 visa cost. The 491 visa fee calculator can, however, help you get an estimate of the cost. Nevertheless, it does not take into account other costs that you have to incur based on your circumstances.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Subclass 491 Visa?

The subclass 491 visa applications are ascertained on a case-by-case basis; henceforth, the real 491 visa processing time varies based on the following.

  • Whether you have completed the 491 application form appropriately and filed it with all the applicable supporting documents
  • Your promptness in acting to any clarifications or further information required
  • Time is taken to complete the 491 visa health checks if asked for the health reports
  • Whether you could collect any additional information regarding your character or health from an external agency and submit it on time
  • the allotted 491 visa places in the immigration program

Regardless of the above, a 491 provisional visa takes 6 to 8 months to process. Where there is any requirement for any documents, you are contacted by the case officer (CO) initially within 3 months. It depends on how fast you can submit it to have your Australia 491 visa move further. Once your pending 491 visa application is again in the queue, you can expect to have the 491 visa grant in 2-3 months.


Know the New Subclass 491 Visa Points

For Australia immigration under the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) 491 visa it is essential to qualify on the skilled points test by scoring 65 or more 491 visa points. The points what you earn depends on the details you provide in your EOI. The 491 visa points table shows the points you can avail against each criterion.

Age Points
18 – 24 years 25
25 – 32 years 30
33 – 39 years 25
40 – 44 years 15


English Language Skills Points
Competent English 0
Proficient English 10
Superior English 20


The 491 visa eligibility requires you to be at the very least a Competent English language user, but you score no points. To score high, you need to be in either proficient or Superior English level.

Overseas Skilled Employment (past 10 years) Points
Less than 3 years 0
At least 3 but less than 5 years 5
At least 5 but less than 8 years 10
At least 8 years 15


Skilled Employment in Australia (past 10 years) Points
Less than 1 year 0
At least 1 but less than 3 years 5
At least 3 but less than 5 years 10
At least 5 but less than 8 years 15
At least 8 years 20


Educational Qualifications Points
A doctorate degree gained from an educational institution in Australia or from any recognized educational institution 20
A bachelor degree attained from an educational institution in Australia or from any recognized educational institution 15
A diploma completed or trade qualification received in Australia 10
An award or qualification recognized by the appropriate assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation 10


Australian Study Requirement Points
A minimum of one degree, trade qualification, or diploma awarded by an educational institution in Australia, and it meets the Australian study requirements 5


Specialist Education Qualification Points
A Master’s degree by research or a Doctorate degree in an applicable field for a minimum of two academic years in an Australian educational institution 10


Accredited Community Language Points
A recognized translator or interpreter credentialed by NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) 5


Regional Study Points
A degree, diploma, or trade qualification from an institution in a regional place or low-population growth area in Australia 5


Partner Skill Qualifications Points
For spouse or de facto partner applicant and who meets the 491 eligibility criteria mentioned below 10


The essential eligibility requirements for your partner to apply for 491 visa are he/she should be:

  • under 45 years
  • a competent English language user
  • having a skilled occupation, which is designated and listed on the skilled occupation list.
  • assessed for the nominated occupation by the authority concerned
  • companioning you to Australia
  • no permanent resident or Australian citizen


Changes to the Points Test

Where your spouse or de facto partner applicant has only Competent English skills, you earn 5 points; however, it is essential that the said partner should not be an Australian PR or citizen. In the case where your partner is an Australian PR or citizen or where you are single, you get 10 points.

Professional Year in Australia Points
For the Professional Year in Australia (Find details below) 5


The points awarded for the Professional Year in Australia according to the Australia PR points test system are based on the aspects that should have:

  • been in Australia for four years before being asked to apply for the 491 visa
  • been in the occupations such as ICT/Computing, Engineering or Accounting
  • done with it over a period of a minimum of 12 months
  • been offered by the organizations, such as CPA Australia, the Australian Computer Society, the Institute of Public Accountants, Engineers Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand


Nomination or Sponsorship Points
You are in receipt of an ‘invitation to apply’ for a subclass 491 visa for you are designated by a state or territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible family member. 15



Australian States or Territories Sponsoring Subclass 491 Visa

The following states or territories nominate you using their criteria for the skilled regional 491 visa.

  • Northern Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

Northern Territory State Sponsorship

You become eligible for the Northern Territory government nomination if you satisfy the Government of Australia’s standard requirements, as well as the 491 visa nomination eligibility of the state government. Moreover, you should give a commitment to settling in the territory and working within the assigned skilled occupation for a minimum of 3 years.

Get to Know the Benefits of NT State Sponsorship

Some of the prime benefits of acquiring 491 Northern Territory state sponsorship are:

  • You find easy access to numerous occupations that are of high demand on the Northern Territory Migration Occupation List.
  • Your 491 visa processing gets high priority with the Department of Home Affairs
  • You are awarded 15 extra points for applying for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa – Subclass 491.
  • Opportunity to settle in any of the liveable regions or cities in Australia.
  • You are offered easy settlement and opportunities to find employment by the territory government.

Eligibility Criteria for NT State Nomination

The following are the eligibility requirements you need to satisfy:

  • You should be aged under 45.
  • You have obtained an appropriate skills assessment from the suitable skills assessing authority.
  • For the purpose, you have to prove that you have at least competent English skills.
  • You must have scored 65 or more points on your EOI.
  • In case you stay in Australia and if you or any migrating dependents are presently living interstate or are presently on a student visa studying in a university in NT, then you fail to become eligible for NT nomination.
  • Where you are an offshore 491 visa applicant, you are required to have been employed for a minimum of 12 months of the last 24 months or suitable Australian qualifications.
  • You need to give a commitment to staying in a particular region in NT for 3 years.
  • You skilled occupation has to be shown on the Northern Territory Migration Occupation List.
  • You need to prove that you have enough funds to stay in regional NT.

South Australia State Sponsorship

An exciting place with the diverse natural landscape, South Australia can be a home to anyone who wants a comfortable lifestyle and enough opportunities to do more. South Australia is recognized for its strong and stable economy and to help it grow further, it welcomes skilled immigrants under the South Australia state sponsorship to stay and work in its regional parts and contribute to their development. However, you have to prove that you have the required skills and experience to acquire the state nomination and apply for the subclass 491 visa with the Department of Home Affairs.

The SA state nomination also requires you to have a nominated occupation that figures on the State Nominated Occupation List, and conform to the 491 visa eligibility criteria. Where the occupation is available under the planning level, the visa application will be assessed under the ‘available’ head. The 491 state nomination SA gives you an opportunity to be part of the highly skilled workforce.


Get to Know the Benefits of South Australia State Sponsorship

With the 491 state sponsorship SA, you can have the following benefits.

  • Your 491 visa application is processed on a priority basis with the Department of Home Affairs
  • You have access to an exhaustive list of occupations.
  • You stand to get 15 points on the points-based test for the Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa.
  • You get a chance to settle and work in a region that promises a safe and comfortable lifestyle.
  • The state government helps you with the required information to help you settle in the region and find employment.

Eligibility Requirements for 491 State Nomination South Australia

For the SA state nomination, you are required to have the following:

  • Your genuine interest, as well as commitment to settle and work in South Australia for a minimum of 3 years
  • Your age should be under 45 while applying for nomination
  • Your occupation should figure on the State Nominated Occupation List and in some cases, you have access to ‘special conditions apply’ and ‘supplementary occupation list.
  • Positive skills assessment from the assessing authority concerned
  • A minimum of one or more years of skilled work experience in the last three years is essential. Where you are an international student graduate from Australia, then this requirement is not applicable.
  • You should be a competent English language user.
  • You need to have sufficient money to settle in SA
  • An EOI, which meets the Department of Home Affairs requirements, as well as the Immigration SA nomination should be filed


NSW State Sponsorship

Those skilled migrants who want to settle and work in a specific region in New South Wales in Australia can apply for a 491 NSW state sponsorship. The skilled migrants, as well as businesspeople and investors, are encouraged under the NSW Business and Skilled Migration Program to apply for an NSW state sponsorship. The state promises innumerable opportunities for eligible skilled professionals, who can enjoy high living standards, a comfortable lifestyle and career prospects.

The state chooses the highest-ranking candidate using a ‘selection-based invitation’ process, depending on the points scored, English language competency and years of skilled work experience for the 491 NSW state nomination.

What Are the Benefits of NSW State Sponsorship?

You get to enjoy the following benefits by acquiring a 491 NSW state sponsorship.

  • Your 491 visa application gets a priority processing with the Department of Home Affairs
  • NSW has a number of regional cities, where you get numerous job opportunities. The lively cities are the best places to settle in and being with the welcoming communities. The diverse lifestyles, high-quality healthcare and low cost of living are some of the attractions here.
  • Get 15 points for the NSW state nomination, which leads to applying for 491 skilled work regional (provisional) visa
  • You get access to a wide range of occupations on the NSW Skilled Occupations Lists.

Eligibility Requirements for 491 NSW State Sponsorship

You need to comply with the following 491 NSW state nomination eligibility requirements to be invited to apply.

  • Your age needs to be below 45 years.
  • You should be committed to staying and working for a minimum period of three years in regional NSW.
  • It is essential to have done an appropriate skills assessment in an occupation that is on the NSW 491 Priority Skilled Occupation List.
  • In case of any additional requirements of skilled work experience, you are required to comply with them too.
  • You should be invited for 491 NSW nomination and file an EOI
  • You are required to be a competent English language user
  • You are financially sound to settle in NSW

Victoria State Sponsorship

With the Victoria state sponsorship, you can contribute to the economic growth of the Victoria state as a highly-skilled migrant. Where you are not able to acquire an Australia PR, the subclass 491 regional visa program is the ideal pathway to move to Australia and settle in any of the particular regions in Victoria on a temporary period of 5 years. You need to, however, have the occupation that the state’s labour market asks for and undergo the relevant skills assessment to get the nomination.

With a nominated occupation listed on the Visa Nomination Occupation List, you can apply for the 491 visa program; however, such occupations are meant especially for international graduates or experienced professionals.

Get to Know the Benefits of Victoria State Sponsorship Program

The 491 Victoria state sponsorship program offers you the following benefits.

  1. Where you are an eligible applicant, you earn 15 extra points for the Subclass 491 visa on the points-based test.
  2. The 491 visa occupations that are nominated can be accessed on the extensive Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria.
  3. With 491 state nomination visa application, you gain priority in processing the application by the Department of Home Affairs.
  4. The 491 provisional visa offers a pathway to the Australia PR by gaining eligibility to apply for the Skilled Permanent Resident 191 visa.
  5. You become eligible for relocation assistance owing to the Victoria state sponsorship, which helps you settle in any regions in Victoria and attain employment easily.


Eligibility Requirements for 491 Victoria State Sponsorship

To following are the essential requirements to get a 491 skilled provisional visa under the Victoria state nomination.

  • You should be under 45 years
  • Possess necessary English language skills
  • Obtained appropriate skills assessment of your nominated occupation that is on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria or Visa Nomination Occupation List for Graduates
  • You have sufficient money to settle in Victoria
  • Provide enough evidence of a valid Victorian job if you are staying in any other state in Australia or you are an international graduate, with the occupation shown on the 491 visa occupation list for graduates.
  • Genuine interest, as well as a commitment to staying and working in Victoria for a minimum period of 3 years
  • Any requirements other than the above required by the Department of Home Affairs

Tasmania State Sponsorship

Tasmania is recognized for continuous economic growth and diverse and comfortable lifestyle. To settle in regional Tasmania, you can acquire a 491 state-sponsored visa Tasmania and be a part of its diverse community and economic growth. You can find a large number of immigrants settle in Tasmania, making it one among the few popular immigrant-concentrated states. As an expected provisional skilled migrant, you can move to Tasmania and qualify for the Tasmania government state nomination program.

What Are the Benefits of Tasmania State Sponsorship?

With a 491 state sponsorship visa Tasmania, you can find the following benefits.

  • The 491 provisional visa application makes you eligible for obtaining 15 points and help qualify for the Tasmania state nomination.
  • Where you are nominated through SkillSelect, you can lodge a 491 skilled provisional visa application for there is no occupation ceiling.
  • The Department of Home Affairs processes your visa on a priority basis for being under the state nomination.
  • You stand to get access to find suitable employment from a large number of occupations listed on the Tasmania Skilled Occupations List (TSOL) and the list of eligible skilled occupations.
  • The state government offers assistance and services to help you settle easily in regional Tasmania.

Eligibility Criteria for 491 Tasmania State Sponsorship

The 491 visa under Tasmania state nomination asks for complying with the following requirements.

  • You should be below 45 years of age
  • Your occupation is nominated on the Tasmania Skilled Occupations List (TSOL)
  • You have received a proper skills assessment for the occupation nominated from the assessing authority concerned.
  • You have at least ‘Competent’ English language skills
  • You have obtained 65 points or more on the points-based test


Subclass 491 Visa FAQs

Can I know what is state nomination?

The skill shortage within the state is met through the state migration programs, where individual states, as well as territories, are allowed to nominate skilled migrants for employment in a range of industries. The type and number of skilled visas that a state or territory can nominate is decided by the state nomination body under this program.

I am holding a Subclass 491 (Provisional) visa. Can I apply for an Australian PR?

Of course, you can; nevertheless, there are a few conditions to fulfil. The subclass 491 visa is a temporary visa with a 5-year period. It is a pathway to apply for the Subclass 191 PR visa. You need to however prove that:

  • You have stayed in an assigned regional area for a minimum period of 3 years while being a 491 visa holder, and
  • You need to show a three-year taxable income on the particular income threshold

I wish to apply for a 491 visa under the NT state sponsorship. Can I know the processing time for the same?

When it comes to the 491 NT state nomination application, the processing time for the offshore applicants is generally 6 months and for the NT resident applications or student graduates, it is normally 3 months.

Nevertheless, these timeframes may change depending on the circumstances.

How do I know the status of my 491 visa application?

You or your authorized agent will be contacted via the online portal or an email by the particular state or territory for further information or when the decision has been made.

I have not worked for 3 years in a specific regional area. Am I still allowed to apply for PR?

To meet the requirements of the subclass 191 PR visa you should have worked in a particular region for 3 years; however, you may be allowed to shift to another regional area.

To apply for a 491 visa, do I have to be in Australia?

It is not necessary; you can apply from onshore or offshore.

Should I have an employer sponsorship to apply for a subclass 491 visa?

There is no requirement for an employer to sponsor you for this visa; nonetheless, most of the regional areas ask for work experience in the relevant state or territory to approve the nomination.

Does a state nomination guarantee a visa grant?

A 491 visa grant asks for complying with both the Department of Home Affairs’ and state government’s requirements. A nomination from a state or territory will make you eligible to have an ‘invitation to apply for 491 visa. The 491 visa decision is made by the DoHA and a state or territory will not interfere in it.

Being a 491 visa holder, can I have access to government services and welfare payments?

The recent changes that came into effect on November 16, 2019, offers even the 491 provisional skilled regional visa holders similar access to government services and welfare payments as that of permanent visa holders.

Will I get pre-application advice or to know my chances of success of my 491 visa application?

A state or territory government or the Department of Home Affairs do not provide any such service. You can always hire a licensed immigration expert to improve your chances of getting any skilled visa.

Can I claim the nomination application fee on the refusal of the nomination?

The nomination fee is generally non-refundable. In case of any technical issues and where you are charged incorrectly, you can contact the respective state or territory government migration authority, with proper evidence.

When I can apply for a 190 visa, why would I go for a 491 visa?

A subclass 491 visa is a provisional visa and it helps you move to Australia on a temporary basis and then apply for an Australian PR after 5 years. Where you are invited to apply for a 190 PR visa, you can very well go for it.

Do I need to have my 491 visa documents certified?

It is enough to have scanned copies of 491 visa documents in colour and they should be clear. For any clarifications, you will be contacted.

I am waiting for my skill assessment report; can I apply for a state or territory nomination?

You cannot because it is essential to have a valid skill assessment in the 3 years before applying for a skilled visa. Even if you apply without a suitable skills assessment, your visa application will be rejected.

Am I allowed to use the professional services of an immigration agent for a state nomination?

Australia immigration does not restrict you from sourcing an immigration agent. Nevertheless, it advisable to find an authorized immigration consultant who can provide genuine assistance help you settle anywhere in regional Australia. We, at ImmigrationHelp, are experts in the field and are conversant with the recent immigration laws and procedures, which help us take you through a seamless 491 visa nomination process.

I am granted a 491 Queensland nomination visa. I want to know when does the 3-year commitment to Queensland begin?

Where you are an offshore applicant, the commitment starts from the date you arrive in Queensland. In case you are in Queensland, it commences from the date when you are granted a 491 visa.


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With the subclass 491 provisional regional visa, you are able to stay and work in a designated region in Australia. Being a temporary visa, it asks for a state or territory nomination or sponsorship from an eligible relative. For the purpose, you need to have your occupation figured on the extensive skilled occupation lists, including those of the particular region, as well as comply with all other eligibility requisites explained above.

The Australia 491 skilled regional visa leads you to a permanent residency visa subclass 191 visa, in case you are eligible. It also permits you to stay and work in regional Australia for 5 years from the date when the visa was granted.

The qualification for receiving an invitation to apply for a skilled work regional 491 visa is through successfully filing an EOI and scoring high on the points-based test. Nevertheless, the invitation round for the skilled work regional (provisional) 491 visa is conducted once a month and it is processed by the Department of Home Affairs on a priority basis.

Where you are one of those prospective immigrants who want to settle in regional Australia on a subclass 491 visa, then you are at the right place. You need to just fill in the simple enquiry form and submit it to us, we will call you and fix an appointment to talk with you.



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