What is visa subclass 491 – VIC State
The Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa allows Points-tested skilled workers and their families to live, study, and work in regional areas for a period of 5 years.
How to be eligible to apply for visa 491 – VIC
To be selected to apply for a visa nomination under the subclass 491, you will need to make or update an EOI and then submit a Registration of Interest for Victorian State Visa Nomination.
Visa subclass 491 VIC – Eligibility
Be below age 45 to submit a nomination application for the Skilled Work Regional Visa (subclass 491) visa.
You must have a Competent level of English (or equivalent).
You must have lived and worked in regional Victoria for at least the past 6 months.
You will be required to provide evidence of your residency with your application form.
Employment and occupation
You must be currently employed in regional Victoria for at least the past 6 months.
Your occupation must be on one of the Department of Home Affairs’ eligible lists for nomination applications external link.
A skills assessment must match the occupation you have nominated. Please ensure that your skills assessment is valid for at least 12 weeks at the time of submitting a visa nomination application.
There are no financial requirements as all applicants are already living and working in regional Victoria.
Steps to Victoria Skilled Visa Nomination 491
How can I get PR after a 491 visa?
Applicants must have held a subclass 491 or 494 visas for at least 3 years, have complied with the conditions on the visa, and have met a minimum income of $53,900 per annum requirements. After that, you can apply for the 191 PR visa.
Skilled Migration point test Changes:
Visa 491 nomination points
- 15 points will add up to visa 491 for nomination by a State or Territory government agency or sponsorship by a family member residing in regional Australia.
- 10 points, the following apply:
- skilled spouse or de facto partner with positive skills assessment and competent English. Or
- applicants are single, without a spouse or de facto partner.
- 5 points: if your partner has Competent English. Your partner can be over 45 years of age and does not need a Skills Assessment.
Other points for age, qualifications, overseas and Australian work experience, Australian study and English points will apply. The new points details are: