Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa allows qualified skilled workers and their families to reside, work, and study in specified regional areas of Australia for a period of 5 years. After three years, visa holders become eligible to apply for Permanent Residence. To be considered for this visa, applicants must be nominated by one of the following methods:

  1. Nomination by an Australian state or territory government agency.
  2. Sponsorship by an eligible family member who resides in a designated regional area. Applicants should receive an invitation to apply for the visa after submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Validity of 491 Visa 

The visa is valid for a duration of 5 years and comes with specific conditions, particularly condition 8579, which reinforces the Australian government’s requirement for visa holders to exclusively reside, work, and study in regional areas. Visa holders are allowed to relocate between different regional areas. Regional areas are defined as any location except for Sydney and Melbourne, and this includes Brisbane, Perth, and the Gold Coast. Under this visa, individuals are permitted to work in any occupation and for any employer as long as they adhere to the work and residence conditions specified in their visa.

Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

Extended Stay: Visa holders can live in Australia for up to 5 years, allowing them and their families to establish themselves in the country.

Regional Residency: This visa is designed for regional areas, which means you can live, work, and study in specific designated regional areas of Australia.

Path to Permanent Residency: After residing in a designated regional area for at least 3 years and working full-time for at least 3 years (minimum of 35 hours per week), visa holders become eligible to apply for a Permanent Residence visa.

Flexibility to Move: You have the flexibility to move between different regional areas within Australia while holding this visa.

Work Freedom: Visa holders can work in any occupation and for any employer, provided they adhere to the work and residence conditions of the visa.

Access to Services: You and your family can access Australia’s healthcare and education services.

Family Inclusion: The visa extends benefits to family members, including spouses and dependent children, allowing them to live, work, and study in Australia.

Eligibility Check For 491 Visa


In order to apply for this visa, you need to have relevant skills and you must be nominated by the Australian Government or sponsored by an eligible relative.

Skill Assessment:

You must have had a suitable skill assessment at the time of invitation.

Score of 65 Points or above

You need to score at least 65 points and you can receive points for the following factors:


Why You Should Choose IECS For Subclass 491 VISA

IECS Australian immigration firm with a high success ratio in Subclass 491 VISA  Above all, we have assisted so many skilled professionals in moving to Australia from Pakistan through this visa stream. with firsthand knowledge of the Australian immigration law system. our immigration and solicitors team will provide you with attentive service Don’t forget to check your eligibility if you are interested as the assessment is absolutely free of cost. Please fill out the assessment form and one of our expert consultants will call you back for consultation or set your appointment.

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