Skilled Work Regional Visa Subclass 491



This is a 5-year provisional visa. It is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia. If you have lived in the designated regional area of Australia for 3 years with this visa and meet the visa requirements, you will be eligible to apply for the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa. 


Basic Eligibility requirements

  • You must be under 45 years old.
  • You must have a nominated occupation on the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skilled List (MLTSSL), Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or Regional Occupation List (ROL).
  • You must have a positive skills assessment for the nominated occupation that was assessed by a relevant assessing authority.
  • Your English ability must be equivalent to at least IELTS band 6 for the four components.
  • You must meet the minimum EOI score of 65 points.
  • You must be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency, or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area.
  • You must be invited to apply for the visa.
  • You must meet the health and character requirements.
  • You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa.