Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491) State Nominated

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491) 

The Skilled Nominated (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491) is a state 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 are nominated by a state or territory and meet the basic requirements for this visa, you will then receive an Invitation to Apply.


  • 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
  • sponsored by a State or Territory Government
  • 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 apply for state sponsorship with an Australian State or Territory. This will require that you meet the sponsorship requirements and have work experience in a position listed on one of their State Migration Plans.

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 6-7 months

Australian Government Visa Fees

AUD$ 4,640.00 Main visa applicant
AUD$ 2,320.00 Partner included in application
AUD$ 1,160.00 Per child under 18 included in the application

Visa Go Australia Fees

Total fee to process a Skilled Sponsored (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491) is £2,400.00

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

£800.00 Deposit
£800.00 Due when Skills Assessment is Lodged
£800.00 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).

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