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Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 491)

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This visa subclass is for people looking to live and work in a designated area of regional Australia for a temporary period. They are nominated by a specific state or territory for application. The subclass 491 visa is split into two streams.

  • Stream 1 – Main applicant, the nominated worker.
  • Stream 2 – Members of the applicant’s family unit.

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Who is this Visa suitable for?

Individuals or families looking to live in regional Australia for skilled work temporarily, or with a path to permanent residency.

What this Visa lets you do?

  • 5 years temporary residency in Australia, with permanent residency applications available from the 3-year mark.

  • Live, work and study in the designated region during the stay. This applies to members of the family unit as well as the designated worker. Members of the family unit can also live, work and study within Australia.

  • Unlimited travel to and from Australia during the duration of the visa.

Visa Requirements

  • Register interest with a EOI (expression of interest) in SkillSelect.

  • This is a points-tested visa, the main applicant must score 65 points or more on SkillSelect.

  • You must be nominated or invited for this visa by an Australian state/ territory. This will occur after registering an EOI.

  • Sponsorship can also occur via an eligible family relative living within Australia (usually the designated region).

  • Main applicant must have competent English.

How to Apply?

With Australian Immigration & Visa Services on your side, you can trust that our registered immigration agents will guide you through the entire application process and be there to support you along the way.


Make a full assessment of your matter to make sure you meet the points:


Skills Assessment

Help you with your skills assessment.


EOI Prepration

Prepare your expression of interest.


Apply for the visa application (including any dependants who have been added).


Ensure you are eligible with relevant state/ territory requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need a minimum of 65 points to pass, but you may be invited quicker if your points are higher.

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