The skilled work regional 491 visa, or the Subclass 491 Visa is a provisional visa that enables all skilled workers to reside, pursue higher studies and work in any appointed areas of Australia, with their families. This visa is valid upto five years. The applicant for this visa usually has to be either a state nominated individual or must be sponsored by an eligible family member who is already a permanent resident in Australia. The candidates who live and work in Australia for upto three years or more on the subclass 491 visa and also if they have the minimum taxable income level for at least three years, they will be eligible to apply for the permanent residency visa through the subclass 191 Permanent Residence or, the Skilled Regional visa. The state nomination from the Australia will provide the candidates with an additional 15 points, which will definitely help them qualify for a subclass 491 visa under the point test of the Australian Department of Home Affairs.
The following are the primary information on the SUBCLASS 491 for the SKILLED WORK REGIONAL (PROVISIONAL) VISA - MAIN APPLICANT
This is basically a provisional visa specially designed for the skilled workers who wish to live and work in the regional Australia. It allows the Candidates to:
● Stay in Australia for a time period of 5 years
● Live, work and study in a prescribed, designated regional area of Australia.
● Travel all around Australia extensively throughout without any limit, while the visa is valid.
● Apply for the permanent residence visa after 3 years, from the time the candidate's actual visa is granted. The Processing time for this visa will take upto 6 to 17 months.
The following are the primary information on the SUBCLASS 491 SKILLED WORK REGIONAL (PROVISIONAL) VISA – SUBSEQUENT ENTRANT.
This visa is basically for a member of the family of someone who holds the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491). This visa will be granted to a relative of an eligible 491 visa holder. The subsequent entrant visa will be valid till the validity of the main entrant's 491 visa.