Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491) Family Sponsored

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491)

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is an Australian family sponsored visa for skilled people wishing to live and work in a regional area in Australia.

You must score at least 65 points to be eligible for this visa.

Applying for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491) 

You must first submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. This can be done in or outside of Australia.

If you have secured sponsorship from an eligible relative and meet the basic requirements for this visa, you will then receive an Invitation to Apply.

Eligibility:

  • be invited to apply;
  • be under 45 years of age when you are invited to apply
  • nominate an occupation on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List or the Short-term Skilled Occupation List
  • have a positive skills assessment
  • have at least competent English
  • have sponsorship from an eligible relative
  • score at least 65 on the Points Test
  • meet the health and character requirements.

Australian Skilled Work Regional Visa Application Process

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) is based on a 3 stage application process:

Stage 1

The first stage of the application process involves completing a skills assessment with the relevant government body. Your skills assessment enables the Department of Home Affairs to judge if you have the required level of skill in your chosen occupation to work in Australia.

Stage 2

Once you have received a positive skills assessment, you will need to submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. You can do this in or outside Australia. You also need to be sponsored by an eligible relative. The relative would be no further distant than a first cousin and living in a designated area of Australia.

Stage 3

Once you have been issued an Invitation to Apply, you can submit your final, complete application to be approved by the Australian Government. Priority processing arrangements apply to this visa, determining the order in which the department considers applications regardless of when they have been lodged.

Moving from a provisional visa to a permanent visa

A successful applicant is given a 5 years multiple entry visa to live and work in a designated regional area of Australia. Most locations of Australia outside major cities (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane) are classed as designated areas for migration purposes.

Through a 2 stages visa process, Skilled Nominated (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa holders must live and work in a designated regional area of Australia

  • Having lived in regional Australia for at least three years; and
  • Having been employed (including self employed) for at least 3 years in regional Australia; and
  • Show earnings of at least AUD$ 53,900 for past 3 years in regional Australia ;

Applicants can apply for the following permanent residence visa:

Skilled – Regional (subclass 191)

Processing Time

90% applications 8-9 months

Australian Government Visa Fees

AUD$ 4,115.00 Main visa applicant
AUD$ 2,060.00 Partner included in application
AUD$ 1,030.00 Per child under 18 included in the application

Visa Go Australia Fees

Total fee to process a Skilled Sponsored (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491) is £1,800.00

Our fee is paid in 3 stages as we complete the work on your visa application

£600.00 Deposit
£600.00 Due when Skills Assessment is Lodged
£600.00 Due when EOI is Lodged

Visa Go Australia Processing Service

Visa Go Australia offer a comprehensive processing service to all their clients. A designated experienced Case Processor is allocated to undertake the necessary steps in preparing and lodging each application. They are available to advise and support clients throughout the whole process and their knowledge and expertise is supported by a Registered Migration Agent (MARA 0211214).

I used Visa Go to apply for my Partner Visa and I have been super impressed with the service and turnaround time. Kimberley was very thorough with her communication and kept us updated through out the whole process. I can’t recommend the service enough!
Jacob Forrest
Jacob Forrest
14:06 20 Jul 21
My agent with Visa go was Kimberley Chatt. She was fantastic the whole way through. Always had very professional and prompt responses whenever I had a query. I felt like she went above and beyond to help me understand each step of the process. I now have my permanent partner visa in Australia and couldn't be happier. She turned what can often be a long arduous ordeal into a streamlined easy process. I would highly recommend this agency to anyone looking to immigrate to Australia. Thanks again Kimberley!
Ross Findlay
Ross Findlay
09:00 25 Jan 21
My Husband and I used Visa Go Australia to support us through our Visa process. Our Visa advisor was Sue, Sue was great from start to finish, always so helpful and replied to our emails and calls so quickly.
Our visa process took 11 months (as expected for the visa we applied for) and Sue kept us on track and up to date all the time, extremely organised and always happy to help and provide us with her support.
I highly recommend Visa Go Australia, we couldn't imagine trying to go through this process without Sues help and guidance. Samantha Mills
Samantha Mills
Samantha Mills
20:05 17 Dec 20
Visa Go provided an excellent service. They were professional, helpful and efficient throughout the visa process and Sue, my designated migration agent, always had words of encouragement to help deal with the tedium of the paperwork. I am a professional and I thought using a migration agent was probably unnecessary. I thought I could manage the paperwork process myself. However, it quickly became clear to me that an agent's assistance was very necessary. Visa Go's knowledge was invaluable and I have no hesitation in recommending their services.
Lorna Balfour
Lorna Balfour
11:07 17 Dec 20
Using Visa Go Australia was the BEST decision we made when planning for our move to Australia. My husband is British and needed an offshore 309 spouse visa. Sue made our life so much easier supporting us every step of the way. I was impressed with her knowledge, every question I had was answered quickly and with confidence. There is a huge amount of time and effort your agent does in the background so that you don't have to. I always felt like a priority and that I was in the safe hands of an expert. Not to mention how kind and friendly the agents are. I would highly recommend this company to anyone - 5 star service!
Lisa Garside
Lisa Garside
19:48 05 Dec 20
Amazing Darren and deanne changed our lives helping us Emmigrate to a new country.
John Docherty
John Docherty
15:17 19 Aug 20
Visa Go Australia were integral in getting our visas granted, without them the whole process would have been so difficult for us to get everything right, they were always so happy to help no matter how silly the question. They split the process up in to manageable chunks and made sure that we were always ready for the next step which really minimised the stress of it all.
Can't thank Darren and Kimberley enough.
Calam, Charlie and Rory
Chaz Manning
Chaz Manning
20:16 19 Jul 20
Me and my partner Cynthia have successfully been granted our partner visa for Australia and could definitely not have done it without all of the never ending help from Sue. Any visa process is always stressful, yet they helped so much with any problems we had along the way. I can't recommend this company enough! If you're worried about applying for a visa, you can rest assured that with their experience and knowledge, partnered with how lovely they always are even with the smallest of questions that you will be having your visa granted in no time with minimal stress!
Thank so much for all your help!
Jonas & Cynthia
Jonas Forshaw
Jonas Forshaw
12:02 27 Jun 20
We were recently granted a PR Visa and the work that Sue puts in in the background is commendable. Darren and Sue have been great to work with over the last 2 years and we were kept up to date the whole way.
I would highly recommend anyone applying for a visa to do it through them.
They made sure we had all the information at every step of they way and nothing was ever a problem if I called or emailed.
Thank you so much to all of the team!
Denny, Victoria and Caitlyn
Victoria Pullinger
Victoria Pullinger
09:12 31 May 20
I can not recommend these enough, was with us all the way, even when things got frustrating, no fault of the company, just how long the process takes. You do have to be patient and understand they have to wait on the migration department. It is worth using an agent. They completed a PMV300 for us and are now doing the next stage. It really does unburden a lot of stress during what is a stressful time. Even long after I was given advice and guidance when the job had already been completed. Honest, reliable and understanding. Thank you and keep well all. Marie & Jodie
Marie Curly-Locks
Marie Curly-Locks
23:10 14 May 20
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