Skilled Work Regional - A Perfect Permanent Route to Australia

Skilled Work Regional – A Perfect Permanent Route to Australia

Is Australia immigration on your mind? Are you wondering which visa option to choose? Don’t worry. We have got you covered. The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 visa allows skilled professional workers to live and work in regional Australia for at least five years. Visa beneficiaries can apply for permanent residency in Australia after three years. Applicants must receive a nomination from an Australian state or a territory government before applying for this visa. You can also be sponsored by an eligible family member living in regional Australia under a subclass 491 visa.

How will subclass 491 visa make the Australia PR process easy?

 The government of Australia launched subclass 491 in 2019 to attract skilled and talented foreign workers who can contribute to the economy of regional areas of Australia. For 2022-23 migration level planning, the Department of Home Affairs has allocated 18,550 visa places to applicants who wish to live and work in the Australian regional areas for five years.  More than 200 occupations would make you eligible to apply for this visa.

These regional areas are defined as any area excluding Perth, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.

Recently, most Australian states opened their skilled migration program for 2022-23, and there is a massive inflow of applications for New South Wales, Victoria, and WA under subclass 190 and 491 visas. The government has been witnessing an increased interest in the number of applications submitted for skilled nominated visas (subclass 190) and professional work regional visas (subclass 491).

Who is eligible for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 491?

To start your Australia PR process under the subclass 491 visa, one must:

  • Be nominated to apply by a state or territory government agency, or an eligible relative must sponsor you
  • Secure at least 65 points
  • Be under 45 years of age on the Australian points table.
  • Have an occupation featured on the relevant list of occupations
  • Have a positive assessment of your nominated occupation and skills by a relevant assessing body
  • Be invited to apply for the visa
  • Meet health and character requirements.

What this visa lets you do?

  • While the subclass 491 visa restricts the beneficiary to live and work in regional Australia for a five years only, they can actually apply for permanent residency after three years of living and working in a regional area. However, they must maintain an annual salary of AUD$53 900, before applying for Permanent Residency visa the skilled work regional (provisional) visa.
  • As a permanent resident in Australia, you can access Medicare, state-funded education, and other social benefits.
  • You can also sponsor your eligible family members to join you in Australia.


Do want to learn more about Skilled Nomination Visa Subclass 190 visa? Contact one of our migration agents today at 8595338595 or drop a mail at [email protected] to kick-start your process.

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