491 Visa Points Calculator

Check your eligibility to migrate

Find out your potential point score for the Australian General Skilled Migration Category, focusing on the subclass 491 visa. A minimum of 65 points is necessary to qualify for an invitation from the Federal Government to apply for these visas, yet achieving 65 points or beyond does not assure you of an invitation (that's the important detail to remember).

491 Visa - Skilled Work Regional

Feature 491 Visa 189 Visa 190 Visa
Visa Type Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Skilled Independent Visa Skilled Nominated Visa
Primary Purpose Regional skilled work Independent skilled work State or territory nominated skilled work
Validity Period 5 years Permanent Permanent
Pathway to Permanent Residency Yes, can apply for Permanent Residency after 3 years N/A (Already permanent) N/A (Already permanent)
State Nomination Requirement Yes, requires nomination by an Australian state or territory No, independent visa Yes, requires nomination by an Australian state or territory
Work and Residency Requirement Must live, work, or study in regional area No specific residency requirement Must live and work in the nominating state or territory

How does the 491 visa differ from other General Skilled Migration visa types like 190 and 189?

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is a temporary visa that is distinct from the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) due to its emphasis on encouraging migration to regional areas.

The subclass 190 grants permanent residency and necessitates a nomination from a state or territory, with an expectation for visa holders to reside and work in that region. In contrast, the subclass 491 visa is designed to attract skilled workers to Australia's regional areas for a period of 5 years, offering a route to permanent residency after living in the area for 3 years and fulfilling certain income conditions.

Differing from the subclass 189, which provides permanent residency and the freedom to live and work anywhere in Australia without needing a nomination or sponsorship, the subclass 491 requires a nomination from a state or territory, or sponsorship by a family member living in a designated regional area.

491 Visa Eligibility

  1. Age: Applicants need to be below 45 years old.
  2. English Language Proficiency: Competent English language abilities must be demonstrated by applicants.
  3. Skills Assessment: Applicants are required to have a favorable skills assessment for an occupation listed on the relevant skilled occupation list.
  4. Points Test: A sufficient score on the Australian immigration points test is mandatory, with the test evaluating age, English language skills, skilled work experience, and educational background.
  5. State or Territory Nomination: Applicants must secure a nomination from an Australian state or territory government agency, or sponsorship by a family member in a designated regional area.
  6. Health and Character: Applicants are expected to satisfy specific health and character standards, which include undergoing a medical exam and providing police certificates.
  7. No Previous Visa Cancellation or Refusal: Applicants must not have any prior visa cancellations or refusals while in Australia.

491 Visa Benefits:

  1. Extended Stay: This visa grants a 5-year residency in Australia's designated regional areas for living, working, and studying.
  2. Pathway to Permanent Residency: After three years in regional Australia, you may qualify for permanent residency via the 191 visa (Permanent Residence - Skilled Regional Visa).
  3. Inclusive of Family Members: Your application can include family members, allowing them to join you in Australia.
  4. Work and Study Rights: Both you and your included family members have full rights to work and study in Australia.
  5. Medicare Access: Eligibility for Medicare, the public healthcare system of Australia, is generally provided.
  6. Travel Rights: Multiple entries and exits from Australia are permitted throughout the visa's validity.
  7. Contribution to Regional Development: The visa supports the growth of regional areas, which can offer more employment prospects than larger cities.
  8. Diverse Occupation List: The range of eligible occupations for the 491 visa is often broader in regional areas than for other visa categories.

491 Visa Processing Time

The duration for processing the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) can differ, but the latest data suggests the following timeframes:

  • 25% of Applications: Processed within approximately 6 months.
  • 50% of Applications: Processed within approximately 11 months.
  • 75% of Applications: Processed within approximately 16 months.
  • 90% of Applications: Processed within approximately 17 months.

These periods are approximate and can change due to the number of applications, case complexity, and how complete the applications are. For the most up-to-date and precise processing times, it is recommended that applicants refer to the official Australian Department of Home Affairs visa processing times page.

491 Visa Cost

Cost for Subclass 491 Visa: The primary applicant for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) typically faces a fee of around AUD 4,115. Extra charges are incurred for each family member included in the application. Be aware that these fees can vary, and for the most current fee information, checking the Australian Department of Home Affairs visa pricing table is recommended.