Subclass 491: Skilled Work Regional (Provincial) Visa

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Subclass 491 visa Australia, i.e. the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) 491 visa enables individual or skilled working-class professionals to live, study, and work in appointed (provincial) areas of Australia along with their families. The generally granted visa tenure for a subclass 491 visa is for 5 years.

The applicants for the 491 visa Australia need to be mandatorily nominated either by

  1. An Australian state or territory government agency
  2. Sponsored by an eligible family member who is a permanent resident of Australia
 

Australia’s Subclass 491 Visa Overview & Benefits

  • The 491 visa Australia immigration visa is a skilled-based point-tested visa, introduced by the nation on 16 November 2019.
  • The Skilled Regional (Provincial) subclass 491 visa replaced the previous Skilled Regional (Provincial) visa subclass 489.
  • The maximum age limit to apply for the 491 Subclass visa is 45 years.
  • Applicants need to have a positive skills assessment report to be eligible for applying to Australia’s Skilled Worker Regional visa (491).

Subclass 491 visa benefits

  • The 491 subclass visa imposes the 8579 rule on the holders that authorizes them to live, study, and work in the region without intervention.
  • The visa holders are free to move between the regional areas excluding, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
  • There are approximately 15,000 areas allocated every year and the applicant’s occupation must be mentioned on the 491 occupation list.

Wondering how to get PR after a 491 visa? To answer that, once an individual has lived in Australia for a period of a minimum of 3 years on a skilled worker regional visa they gain the eligibility to apply for Australia PR through the Subclass 191 Permanent Residency (Skilled Regional) visa.

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Points Allocation for Australia Subclass Visa 491

Subclass 491 visa follows a point-based eligibility qualification, and one of the main subclass 491 visa conditions include - applicants scoring a minimum of 65 points out of 100. There are a total of 10 factors used to cumulate the score for the applicant’s eligibility for the Australia PR point cut-off.

Factor 1: Age

Sub Factors

Points

18 – 24 years

25

25 – 32 years

30

33 – 39 years

25

40 – 44 years

15

45 – 49 years

0

Factor 2: Language Proficiency

Sub Factors

Points

IELTS 8 Score in each section

TOEFL: Listening – 28, Reading – 29, Writing – 30, Speaking – 26

PTE Academic: Listening – 79, Reading – 79, Writing – 79, Speaking – 79

20

IELTS 7 Score in each section

TOEFL: Listening – 24, Reading – 24, Writing – 27, Speaking – 23

PTE Academic: Listening – 65, Reading – 65, Writing – 65, Speaking – 65

10

IELTS 6 Score in each section

TOEFL: Listening – 12, Reading – 13, Writing – 21, Speaking – 18

PTE Academic: Listening – 50, Reading – 50, Writing – 50, Speaking – 50

0

Factor 3: Work Experience (Overseas)

Sub Factors

Points

8 years and more

15

5 – 8 years

10

3 – 5 years

5

Less than 3 years

0

Factor 4: Work Experience (within Australia)

Sub Factors

Points

8 years and more

20

5 – 8 years

15

3 – 5 years

10

1 – 3 years

5

Less than 1 year

0

Factor 5: Educational Qualification

Sub Factors

Points

Doctorate

20

Bachelor / Master Degree

15

Australia Diploma or Trade Qualification

10

Awards or Qualifications Recognised by Assessing Authority

10

Factor 6: Educational Qualifications in Australia

Sub Factors

Points

Doctorate

10

Degree, Diploma, or Trade (Australia Study Requirement)

5

Regional Study

5

Factor 7: Additional Language Skills

Sub Factors

Points

Desired Language (NAATI)

5

*NAATI: National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters

Factor 8: Partner Skills

Sub Factors

Points

Spouse meeting age, language or skills requirements

10

Spouse/ partner only has competent English

5

If the applicant is single/ has a partner who is an Australian Citizen or PR Holder

10

Factor 9: Professional Skills

Sub Factors

Points

Professional Skills

5

Factor 10: Sponsorship or Nomination (subclass 190 and Subclass 491)

Sub Factors

Points

Skilled Nomination/visa Sponsorship (Subclass 190)

10

Skilled Nomination/visa Sponsorship (Subclass 190)

5

 

Eligibility Criteria for Australia Subclass 491 Visa

Applicants need to qualify and gain eligibility in order to qualify for the Skilled Work Reginal Visa (Subclass 491). The subclass 491 visa points requirements include:

  1. Need to have a nomination or sponsorship from the region
  2. Need to have Competent English proficiency
  3. Must have good character and health status
  4. Must have received EOI nomination invitation
  5. Should be below 45 years

Check Australia Point System for Subclass 188, 189, 190 and 491

Documentation Requirements for Subclass 491 Visa Australia

Documentation required for Australia Subclass 491 visa

Applicants need a bunch of documents and supporting documents to verify their eligibility to apply for a 491 subclass visa.

I. Applicants between the ages of 18 – 23 years

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of Financial Dependency
  • Adoption Papers (if required – case specific)

II. Applicants above the age of 23 but are still dependent on parents due to physical impairment or cognitive issues

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of Financial Dependency
  • Adoption Papers (if required – case specific)
  • Medical reports that address the applicant’s condition

III. The documents needed to be provided by sponsors (if any)

  • Age Proof
  • Proof of eligible relationship
  • PR/Citizenship Proof
  • Declaration by sponsor

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What is the Cost Involved in Applying for a Subclass 491 Visa?

The application cost for the primary applicant of the Skilled Work Regional visa subclass 491 is AUD 4115. Additional costs apply for each eligible family member included as subsequent entrants in the application. The Cost of applying for a Subclass 491 visa is as follows:

Category

Cost

Primary Applicant

4,240 AUD

Dependents (18 years & above)

2,055 AUD

Dependents (Below 18 years)

1,030 AUD

Additional Costs (per person)

Biometrics fee

60 AUD

Medical tests

350 AUD

Police clearance

Depending on the region

What is the Processing time for Subclass 491 Visa?

The processing time for a Subclass 491 visa varies, with priority given to regional applications. While there is no standard processing time, it generally takes between 12 to 14 weeks. However, it's important to note that individual circumstances and factors may influence the actual processing duration.

Australia Subclass 491 Visa Process

The application process for a 491 visa in Australia, consists of various steps which are needed to ensure timely completion and adherence for a successful visa acceptance. The process flow of the 491 visas is as follows:

Australia Subclass 491 Visa Process

  1. Step 1: Skilled Occupation List: Start off with checking through the Australia skilled occupation list to ensure that your designated occupation or job is listed. The list is published periodically every year so make sure to check with the latest.
  2. Step 2: Completing your Skill Assessment: Now that your occupation is listed and identified by you on the Skilled Occupation list, next is to have your skills and credentials authenticated at the designated Australian Organization. *Skill assessment should not be older than 3 years to be considered valid.
  3. Step 3: Check your Score on the Point System: Moving further next is to have your score checked and every applicant needs to mandatorily score above the PR point cut off i.e., 65 points out of 100 to be eligible. *You can now check your Australia PR score for free
  4. Step 4: Expression of Interest: Submit an EOI to the Department of Home Affairs on the SkillSelect portal. SkillSelect carefully analyses your eligibility to apply based on the information provided to calculate your score. *Need assistance to draft an impressive and outstanding Expression of Interest for your Australia Immigration? Contact GetGIS
  5. Step 5: Submit your Supporting Documents: On successful acceptance of your EOI, you would need to submit the mentioned supporting documents and any additional (if required) within the time span of 60 days. This submission process is carried out using your personal “ImmiAccount. The applicant as well can pay through this account within the 60 days time period.
  6. Step 6: Clearances: Upon successful acceptance of your application, an email would be shared with the applicant to verify his/her application status online. Meanwhile, the applicant would have completed the procedures with Medical and Character clearances, followed by the biometric scans process.
  7. Step 7: Receiving Acceptance or Visa Grant: Upon the successful completion of 491 visa processing, the final stage is where the applicant receives his visa grant with all the details of the visa issue and T&C attached.

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Pave Your Pathway to Australia PR Through Subclass 491 Visa

Skilled Migration has been witnessing its flight in Australia, the nation is actively scouting for skilled talent from not just India but all around the world. To have your way paved right and secure through the ins and out of the immigration journey it is highly crucial to seek assistance from the right immigration consultant.

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  • Eligibility calculation: In GetGIS, we assist you in calculating your eligibility both for 491 visa qualification and for Australia PR points ensuring to eliminate the scope of rejection or failure.
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