Visa 491 is a new Points-tested visa aimed at designated areas of Australia, for applicants with an eligible skilled occupation, nominated by a regional area government agency or sponsored by an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area of Australia. This requirement to apply for visa 491 is similar to the 489 visa.

The designated regional are available in a legislative instrument, which include all of Australia states except for Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast.

Features of 491 Visa

The applicants applying for Visa 491 and their families need to live, work and settle in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years. After completion of three years, the visa holders will be eligible to apply for an Australia Permanent Residency visa after three years of meeting the other eligibility requirements.

Candidates who are applying for this visa must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area. And also submit the Expression of Interest (EOI) in Skill Select.


What is the eligibility for visa 491?

    • An applicant must have a relevant occupation on the skilled occupation list of Australia.
    • An applicant must go through skill assessment for the occupation
    • Must meet the points eligibility criteria.
    • Applicant must be below 45 years of age at the time of submission EOI
    • An applicant must be nominated by a state or territory government agency of Australia.

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  • Must be nominated by the department to apply
  • Must meet the public interest criteria that are health and character requirements.


Who 491 Family sponsorship members include

  • Parent
  • Grand Parent
  • Sibling (brother or Sister)
  • Aunt / Uncle
  • Cousin

As the points grace to get the invitation is quite high with other visa subcategories, most of the applicants prefer to go with regional and state sponsorship programs to easily get an invitations.

Therefore to apply for visa 491 you should make sure that you meet all the eligibility requirements needed for the state or regional state sponsorship, In this way, you will ensure that you are in the right direction of enhancing your chances of getting 491 Visa.

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