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Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

What is the Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa?

The SkillSelect subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional Provisional visa is a temporary visa that provides applicants with a two-step pathway to Australian permanent residence. This Visa replaced the Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa on 16 November 2019. The visa is granted for 5 years.

There are two streams:

  • Nomination by a State or Territory.
  • Sponsored by an Australian citizen/Permanent Resident relative living in a regional area.

Each Stream has a different occupation list:

  • The Family Sponsored Stream occupation list is the Medium to Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • The State Nominated Stream’s occupation list is a combination of the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), the Medium to Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), and the Regional Occupation List (ROL)

You must have an invitation to apply for the visa.

    • An Expression of Interest (EOI) is required for this visa.
    • You must have at least 65 points on the New Points Test to lodge an EOI.
    • Use our points test calculator here to get an idea of your eligibility!


    • You must be under 45 years of age at the time of invitation.

Skills Assessment

    • You must have a skills assessment in your nominated occupation, which is less than three years old at the time of invitation (unless the skills assessment specifies a shorter period of validity).
    • Subclass 485 skills assessments are not acceptable.


    • You must have” Competent” English (e.g. IELTS 6) at the time of invitation, unless you hold a passport from:
      • United Kingdom
      • Republic of Ireland
      • Canada
      • New Zealand
      • United States
    • The visa grant is for five years.


You must declare that you and your family members included in the application have a genuine intention to live, work and study in a regional area.

  • There is an option to transition to the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence visa three years after being granted the Subclass 491 visa.
  • The Subclass 191 visa will come into effect on 16 November 2022.
  • All members of the family must live work and study in the regional area for at least three years to become eligible to transition to permanent residence.
  • Regional areas of basically all areas of Australia except the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Interested in a subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa?

Our team of Migration Agents are committed to helping you obtain your subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional Provisional visa in the fastest possible timeframe and with the least amount of stress. We have an enviable record of experience and success with SkillSelect visas.

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Call Australian Express Migration Solutions on +61420-456-862 to arrange a consultation, or book a consultation here and we’ll assess your prospects of success with this visa type (Fees apply).