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    Skilled Visa

    Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa – Subclass 491

    This program is primarily aimed at people who require an extra 10 points under the general skilled migration points test in order to have enough points to migrate to Australia. It is a two-stage process where first you apply for a provisional subclass 489 visa and then after 2 years of living and working in the area you have agreed to live in, you can apply for a permanent subclass 887 visa. For this visa you can be nominated by a family member living in regional Australia as well as a state or territory.

    Application process for subclass 489 visa – state nomination

    1. Identify an occupation on the CLESO
    2. Identify a state or territory which lists that occupation on their migration plan
    3. Apply for and receive a positive skills assessment for your skilled occupation
    4. If necessary, sit an English test
    5. Lodge an application with the relevant state or territory for nomination (some states do not require this)
    6. Lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) with SkillSelect
    7. Receive invitation to apply
    8. Make application within 60 days

    Application process for subclass 489 visa – family sponsorship

    1. Identify an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List
    2. Apply for and receive a positive skills assessment for your skilled occupation
    3. If necessary, sit an English test
    4. Lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) with SkillSelect  which identifies a family member who can sponsor you
    5. Receive invitation to apply
    6. Make application within 60 days

    Visa eligibility criteria

    The major criteria for a subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa are:

    • Nomination by a state or territory of Australia
    • A positive skills assessment  for your occupation
    • Achieving an English standard of at least IELTS 6 or equivalent
    • Being aged between 18 and 49 inclusive. In other words, you cannot have turned 50.
    • Standard health and character criteria
    • Having at least 60 points on the General Skilled Migration points test

    Family sponsorship criteria

    To sponsor a family member to migrate to Australia you must satisfy the following criteria:

    • You must be at least 18 years old
    • You must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen
    • You must be “usually resident” in a regional area of Australia (i.e. outside the major cities)
    • You must be directly related to either the primary applicant or the primary applicant’s partner/spouse as a:
    1. Parent
    2. Child or step-child
    3. Sibling
    4. Aunt or uncle
    5. Nephew or niece
    6. Grandparent; or
    7. First cousin

    State nomination

    Every state and territory in Australia has its own criteria for nomination. Some give advantages to graduates from that state or territory, people already living and working in the region or people who have family present in that area of Australia. You can find specific information at the following links:

    The points test

    All candidates to migrate to Australia through the General Skilled Migration program are ranked based on a points test. Applicants must reach at least 60 points, but those with higher points will be invited before those with lower points.

    There is a limited number of invitations that will be issued for each occupation in any given year, but in practice very few occupations will ever reach this occupation ceiling. Occupations that are likely to reach the occupation ceiling are handled differently to other occupations. For these occupations, invitations are first given out for 189 visas and then if there are any left over, for 489 visas. Therefore, you may find it difficult to receive an invitation for a 489 visa for occupations in this category.

    Common problems for applicants

    • It’s important to nominate the correct occupation for the position you are nominating. The nominated occupation can be the difference between visa grant and visa refusal, and you cannot change your mind after the application has been lodged.
    • We recommend that visa applicants attend an English test as soon as possible after deciding to apply for a General Skilled Migration visa, if you have not already achieved the required level of English in the last three years.
    • If you want to apply from within Australia, always be aware of your current visa’s expiry date and conditions. Letting a visa expire without applying for a new one can have severe consequences, even if you try to apply the next day.

    Subclass 489 applicant FAQ

    You can apply from either outside Australia or inside Australia.

    You can receive the visa either outside Australia or inside Australia.

    Children under the age of 23 and spouses or de facto partners. Children over 18 must be financially dependent on you.

    This visa does not allow for waiver of the health requirement.

    This is a temporary visa that lasts for four years.

    Visa Details

    Visa Subclass:
    489
    Length of stay:
    Up to four years
    Cost:
    From AUD 4,115

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