SKILLED – 491 Skilled Regional

Subclass 491

SKILLED - 491 Skilled Regional

The Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) Visa is a Temporary Visa which will enable eligible skilled workers and their families to live, work and study in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years. It is available both to skilled workers who are already living and working in Australia as temporary residents, and to those living outside Australia.



With this visa, you can:

  • Stay in Australia permanently
  • Work and study in Australia
  • Enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme Medicare
  • Sponsor eligible relatives to come to Australia
  • Travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • apply for Australia Citizenship, if eligible



Once a subclass 491 visa is granted the visa holder must remain in Australia for up to five years, with a permanent residency pathway available after three years. Dependent family members may be included and can also live, work and study in Australia.

With this visa, you can:

  • Stay in Australia for 5 years from the date we grant you the visa
  • live, work and study in a designated region of Australia
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want, while the visa is valid
  • apply for permanent residence after 3 years through the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) – which commences on 16 November 2022.

Visa holders can move between regional areas. Regional areas are basically any area in Australia excluding Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Important: Perth and Gold Coast are classified as regional areas.
You may work in any occupation and for any employer working in the same occupation, as long as it is located in a regional area.



To be eligible for this visa, applicants must be skilled in an occupation on the Regional Occupation List of the state or territory where the applicant is willing to reside and be nominated by that State OR Eligible Family Member.

Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • meet the points test pass mark of 65 points (check your points) (this goes to resources – point test)
  • Have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • Lodge an Expression of Interest  and be invited to apply
  • Be aged between 18 and 44 inclusive
  • have Competent English or higher
  • be invited to apply by the State or Territory or by an  Eligible Family Member.
  • Meet health and character requirements


How long can you stay?

This is a temporary visa. You can stay in Australia for 5 years from the date the visa is  granted.


Processing time and fee

a.Main Applicant: $4,240.00
b. Secondary Applicant over 18: $2,025.00
c. Secondary applicant under 18: $1,010.00

Unavailable due to low volume of applications

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