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A visa for skilled people nominated by a state or territory government to live and work in regional Australia. It was introduced on 16 November, 2019 to replace the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) invited pathway.

 

There are currently 2 streams that fall under this subclass-

  1. Main applicant, which is for the main applicant who wishes to live and work in regional Australia, and
  2. Subsequent entrant, which is for the member of a family unit of someone who holds a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

 

To be eligible for either stream, applicants must:

  • be nominated to apply by a state or territory government agency, or an eligible relative must sponsor you
  • have an occupation on a relevant skilled occupation list
  • have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • be invited to apply
  • satisfy the points test

 

Refer to the tables below for information on each stream.

Main Applicant

Overview This is a provisional visa. It is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia
Visa type Temporary
Cost of application AUD4,045 for the main applicant
Duration of visa 5 years from grant date
Uses of this visa
  • 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, if eligible, through the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) – which commences on 16 November 2022.
Eligibility Applicants must meet the following requirements-
  • Be invited to apply after submitting and Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • Be either nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency or indicate that you will be sponsored by an eligible relative. (See ‘nomination’ below for more information.
  • Be under 45 years of age
  • Declare that you have a suitable skills assessment at time of invitation.
  • Be able to score 65 points or more on the points test
  • At the time of invitation, you must have at least Competent English.
  •  Ensure that you occupation is on the combined list of eligible skilled occupations for a Skilled Regional (subclass 491) visa.
  • Meet the  health requirement
  • Meet the character requirement
  • Pay back any debts to the Australian Government
  • Not had a visa cancelled or an application refused when you were in Australia
  • Sign the Australian values statement

Effect on current 489 visa to 887 visa pathway:

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489) is now closed to new applicants. Transitional arrangements are put in place for applications which have been lodged and are undecided, as well as applicants whose pathway currently targets the permanent Skilled Regional Visa (subclass 887).

Nomination

Nomination by an Australian state or territory government agency

If you are nominated for the visa, we will invite you to apply. All state and territory government agencies have their own criteria for deciding who they will nominate.

 

Contact the state or territory agency directly to find out more about their nomination process and what they want from you.

 

Sponsorship by an eligible relative

Your sponsor must be:

  • 18 years old or older
  • usually resident in a designated area of Australia
  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen
  • be your or your partner’s eligible relative

 

An eligible relative can be:

 

  • a parent
  • a child or step-child
  • a brother, sister, adoptive brother, adoptive sister, step-brother or step-sister
  • an aunt, uncle, adoptive aunt, adoptive uncle, step-aunt or step-uncle
  • a nephew, niece, adoptive nephew, adoptive niece, step-nephew or step-niece
  • a grandparent, or
  • a first cousin

 

Your sponsorship must be approved before you can be granted the visa.

Subsequent Entrant

 
Overview This visa is for a member of the family unit of someone who holds a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)
Visa type Temporary
Cost of application AUD4,045 for the main applicant Does not include other costs such as health checks, police certificates and biometrics
Duration of visa Until the 491 visa that your family member holds ends.
Uses of this visa
  • stay in Australia while the visa is valid 
  • 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 residency, if eligible, through the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191)
Eligibility Applicants must meet the following requirements-
  • be one of the members of the family unit, of a subclass 491 visa holder. If you are in Australia when you lodge your application, you must hold a substantive visa or a subclass 010 Bridging A visa, a subclass 020 Bridging B visa or a subclass 030 Bridging C visa.
  • You and family members aged 18 years or older who are applying for the visa with you must either have Functional English or pay the second instalment when you will be asked to do so
  • Meet the  health requirement
  • Meet the character requirement
  • Pay back any debts to the Australian Government
  • Not had a visa cancelled or an application refused when you were in Australia
  • Sign the Australian values statement
 

Regional definitions

Major Cities

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Cities and major regional centres

  • Perth
  • Adelaide
  • Gold Coast
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Canberra
  • Newcastle
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Wollongong
  • Illawarra
  • Geelong
  • Hobart

Regional Incentives

–          Access to the dedicated 25,000 regional places.

–          Priority processing on regional visas.

–          Access to the Regional Occupations List –  more jobs compared to non-regional lists.

–          International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional 1 year in Australia on a post-study work visa.

Regional centres and other regional areas

All other locations

 

Regional incentives

–          Access to the dedicated 25,000 regional places.

–          Priority processing on regional visas.

–          Access to the Regional Occupations List – more jobs compared to non-regional lists.

–          International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional 2 year in Australia on a post-study work visa.

–          Priority in negotiating region-specific Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs).

Sponsorship by an eligible relative

Your sponsor must be:

  • 18 years old or older
  • usually resident in a designated area of Australia
  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen
  • be your or your partner’s eligible relative

An eligible relative can be:

  • a parent
  • a child or step-child
  • a brother, sister, adoptive brother, adoptive sister, step-brother or step-sister
  • an aunt, uncle, adoptive aunt, adoptive uncle, step-aunt or step-uncle
  • a nephew, niece, adoptive nephew, adoptive niece, step-nephew or step-niece
  • a grandparent, or
  • a first cousin

Sponsorship must be approved before you can be granted a visa.