Skilled Work visa subclass 491 Victoria FY2020-21

You must be nominated by VIC before applying for this visa.

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.

English language

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.

Skills assessment

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

  • Step 1.

    Make an EOI

  • Step 2.

    Submit a registration of interests for Victoria state nomination.

    Victoria will select the nest candidates to apply for the visa 491 nominations.

  • Step 3.

    If you get selected, submit an application for Victoria visa 491 Nomination.

    Victoria assesses your application for visa nomination 491.

  • Step 4.

    If your application for visa nomination 491 is successful, apply for a visa 491.

  • Step 5.

    The department of Home Affairs assesses and makes a decision on your visa 491.

How can I get PR after a 491 visa?

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa will enable visa 491 applicants and their families to live, work, and study in the nominated state for 5 years. Visa 491 holders will be eligible to apply for an Australian Permanent Residence after three years.
Note: (from November 2022)

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.

What is a skilled work visa 491?

It is Points-tested skilled worker Visa, and provisional for the applicants and their families to live, study and work in nominated areas for a period of 5 years.

Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa

  • Visa 491 had replaced the previous 489 visas and commences on November 16, 2019.
  • The 491 visa is a skilled and points tested visa .
  • It has a 45 year age limit and requires a positive skills assessment.
  • skilled visa 491 occupational list

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.
Partner Points
  • 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:

How to Apply Visa 491 VIC
  • List 1

    Check above if you meet the Department of Home Affairs Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) requirements point test 65 score and occupational list.

  • List 2

    Make or update an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Skilled Work visa (subclass 491) on SkillSelect and indicate your interest in the Victorian nomination.

  • List 4

    Check your email regularly (including your junk mail folder) to see if you have been selected by Victoria.  Only those applicants meeting the eligibility requirements will be considered for selection.

  • List 5

    Submit an online applicationexternal link as soon as possible. Note that you must be able to demonstrate that you still meet the claims that were in your EOI and Registration of Interest when you were selected.

    Note: having all your supporting documents ready before you make your EOI

  • List 6

    If you are nominated by Victoria, you will receive a SkillSelect invitation to apply for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).

  • List 7

    Submit a visa application to the Department of Home Affairs within 60 days of being nominated by Victoria. Wish yourslef Luck!


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