The Subclass 491 visa replaces the 489 visa on 16 November 2019 to enable skilled foreign workers and their families to live and work in a designated area of Australia for five years. Visa beneficiaries become eligible to apply for permanent residence after three years of living in a regional area.
So, what is the 491 visa and its eligibility and process? Keep reading this article to know everything about Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).
What is a skilled worker regional visa?
Subclass 491 is a state-nominated provisional visa for skilled migrants that allows you to live and work in a specific regional area for five years. It comes under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) category and is a temporary visa that leads to permanent residency status in Australia.
Subclass 491 follows a points-tested system, wherein an applicant must score a minimum of 65 points to receive an invitation to apply. Applicants applying for the subclass 491 visa must be nominated by:
Moreover, your occupation must be on the relevant skilled occupation list before applying for this visa.
What are the benefits of a subclass 491 visa?
491 visa is different from the subclass 190 visa in the sense that the latter allows you to move to Australia as a permanent resident while the former is a temporary visa that may lead to permanent residency after three years.
Who is eligible to apply for subclass 491 visa?
How can apply for PR in Australia after a 491 visa?
As mentioned above, subclass 491 leads to permanent residency in Australia after three years of residing in a designated area. You can apply for a PR visa in Australia via the skilled regional 191 visa and meet other basic eligibility requirements.