Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa – Subclass 491

Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa – Subclass 191 Acme Migration
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

Unlock Opportunities in Regional Australia

Looking to live and work in regional Australia? The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa 491 could be your pathway. Here’s a concise guide:

Basic Eligibility:

  • Invited to apply for the visa
  • Nominated by a state or territory govt. agency or sponsored by an eligible relative
  • Satisfy the points test
  • Occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • Suitable skills assessment for the occupation

Key Features:

  • Provisional visa for skilled workers in regional Australia
  • Reside and work in a designated regional area
  • Valid for 5 years from the visa grant date
  • Opportunity to apply for permanent residence (Subclass 191) from 16 November 2022

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Compliance with Australian laws
  • Minimum 65 points on the points test
  • Suitable skills assessment required
  • Health and Character requirements must be met
  • Australian Values Statement commitment
  • Clearance of outstanding debts to the Australian Government

Not Eligible If:

  • Previous visa cancellation

Duration of Stay:

  • Temporary visa for 5 years
  • No extension beyond the initial 5 years

Family Inclusion:

  • Family members can be added during the application
  • Health and character requirements for family members
  • Dependent child addition after submission but before a decision


  • Main applicant visa cost: AUD4,045
  • Additional charges for family applicants
  • Second Installment for family members 18 years or above with less than Functional English: AUD4,890
  • Correct visa charges must be paid for processing

Places to Apply From:

  • Inside or outside Australia during application and visa decision (not in immigration clearance)
  • Valid substantive visa or Bridging A/B/C visa required if applying in Australia

Processing Time:

  • Case-by-case assessment
  • Processing time varies based on individual situations
  • Correct charges and complete application documents are crucial for timely processing

Factors Affecting Processing Time:

  • Complete application with supporting documents
  • Prompt response to requests for additional information
  • Verification time for provided information
  • External agency checks for character and national security
  • Incorrectly filled applications may lead to delays

Visa Label:

  • Digitally linked to your passport; no physical label

Conditions for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa 491 Main Applicant:

  • No marriage or de facto relationship before entering Australia
  • Notify changes in passport or contact details
  • Reside, study, and work in a designated regional area
  • Provide evidence if requested
  • Attend an interview if specified in a letter