491 Visa
Skilled Work Regional 

Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence​​​​​​​

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Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491 Visa)​​​​​​​

Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491 Visa)​​​​​​​ 
for five years, qualified skilled workers can live, work and study in REGIONAL areas of Australia. 3 years after grant a 491 visa, visa holders will be eligible to apply for permanent residency. Applicants for this visa must be:

  • an Australian state or territory or
  • Be sponsored by a family member living in a designated low-population area.

Be in or outside Australia when making the application​​​​​​​

The possibility of becoming a permanent visa

Apply for Australian Citizenship (If eligible)​​​​​​​

You may be able to apply for a 189 Skilled Independent Visaif you meet the following requirements:

491 Visa Eligibility​​​​​​​

Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.


Obtaining at least 65 points from the visa scoring table​​​​​​​.


For your application to be valid, you must declare that you have a suitable skills assessment at the time of invitation.​​​​​​​



you must have at least competent English.

For your application to be valid, you must declare that you have a suitable skills assessment at the time of invitation.​​​​​​​



You must be either nominated by an Australian state or by an eligible relative and You can only apply for this visa if Australian Goverment invite you to apply. ​​​​​​​

The benefits of the 491 visa


 Free education in public schools and universities


 Health services

 Insurance and healthcare services


Work and life

Work and study anywhere in Australia​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Higher speed of review

The speed of document review in this type of visa is much faster than other types of Australian work visas


How it works

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Step 1

Visa Grant 491

Check if occupation is on the relevant State list

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Step 2

Visa Grant 491

you score more than 65+ points

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Step 3

Visa Grant 491

Grant suitable skills assessment

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Step 4

Visa Grant 491

Our migration agents lodge your expression of interest with SkillSelect to receive an invitation

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Step 5

Visa Grant 491

Our experts lodge your visa and liaise with the department until a decision is made

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Step 6

Visa Grant 491

You and your family migrate to Australia after receiving your visa approval

Who can be a sponsor for 491 visa?

An Eligible Relative

1.Sponsorship by

Your sponsor must be:

  • 18 years old or older
  • usually resident in a designated area of Australia
  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen
  • be your eligible relative or your partner’s eligible relative if your partner is also applying for this visa

An eligible relative can be:

  • a parent
  • a child or step-child
  • a brother, sister, adoptive brother, adoptive sister, step-brother or step-sister
  • an aunt, uncle, adoptive aunt, adoptive uncle, step-aunt or step-uncle
  • a nephew, niece, adoptive nephew, adoptive niece, step-nephew or step-niece
  • a grandparent, or
  • a first cousin

We must approve your sponsorship before you can be granted a visa.

1.Sponsorship by

In this type of sponsorship for the 491 Australian visa, the applicant must be sponsored by one of the Australian state or territory government agency. With the condition that the job field code, in addition to being in the Ocupation List, must also be applied for in one of Australia's regional areas.

An Eligible Relative

How do I convert my 491 visa to PR?​​​​​​​

Visa holders will be eligible to apply for a Permanent Residence visa after three years.

you must:
  • have held an eligible visa (491) for at least 3 years,
  • have had a taxable income at or above the income threshold ($53,900/year) for at least 3 years,
  • and all applicants must have complied with the conditions of their visa.​​​​​​​

491 Visa Processing times​​​​​​​

Visa issuance is dependent on many factors, so the exact time of Australian visa issuance cannot be predicted, but according to Immigration Department statistics:


491 visa Applications

Processed within 6 Months

90 %

491 visa Applications​​​​​​​

Processed within 11 Months

There are three main costs associated with this visa

190 visa Applications


Skill Assessment Fees

Australian Immigration Fees

Main applicant         AUD $4045 
+18 Dependent       AUD$ 2020 
-18  Dependent       AUD$ 1015

It is usually between 500 and 1500 Australian dollars depending on the organization that checks and approves your documents.


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