The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa will provide the applicant and their family members with a right to live, work and study in regional areas in Australia for 5 years. The Skilled Work Regional Visa provides a pathway to its holders on being eligible to apply for a Permanent Residency Visa after 3 years. The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa has replaced the 489 Regional Visa as of 16 November 2019, which required a 489 visa relative sponsor. The subclass 491 visa stream has a points based criteria and the applicant is required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and have a score of at least 65 points.
Applicants holding the Skilled Work Regional Visa must have complied with the 3 years’ stay and work requirement together with all other subclass 491 visa requirements. They must also have met the minimum taxable income requirement in order to be eligible to apply for the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191).
As of 16 November 2019, the Department of Home Affairs has suspended the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) so it’s no longer available for new applications. Applicants who have applied and/or are currently holding the 489-regional visa prior to 16 November 2019 are still eligible to apply for the permanent Skilled Work Regional Visa.
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