With Australia being the top destination for foreign nationals today, the Subclass 491 is a blessing! Immigrants are being welcomed to Australia’s beautiful landscapes with open arms. You can now work, settle, and become a resident of Australia for 5 years with the help of this Visa. Read along.
The new skilled work regional 491 visa((Subclass 491 Visa) is a provisional visa that enables all skilled workers to live, pursue education, and work in appointed areas of Australia and their families. This visa is valid for a tenure of 5 years.
The applicant for this visa has to be either state nominated or sponsored by an eligible family member who is a permanent resident in Australia.
For becoming eligible for a 491 visa, you need to meet the following criteria:
Getting a minimum of 65 points is the eligibility criteria for getting invites for the application process. Scoring more points gives you an upper hand over other applicants.
As mentioned above, for immigrating, you need to earn 65 points on Australia’s points test system.
The points are dependent on the following factors:
|Age (lesser than 45 years)
|Work experience in the country as well as abroad
|15 Points (Outside Australia)
20 Points (In Australia)
|Proof of proficiency in English by IELTS
Other than these factors, some changes have been made to the skilled migration points, which will likely affect the Visa Subclass 491.
The changes in the point system are:
Based on the points system priority wise invitation application for state nominations is as follows:
You need to provide all the supporting documents for the information provided in your EOI:
For applicants between the age of 18-23, there is a requirement for the following documents:
Applicants above the age of 23, but are still dependent on their parents because of some physical impairment or cognitive issues.
There is a requirement of the following:
The following are the documents associated with your claims on EOI that you need to provide:
If you have a sponsor, then your sponsor needs to provide the following:
The Skilled work Regional visa subclass 491 has an application cost of AUD 4115 for the primary applicant. For each subsequent entrant of eligible family members, there is a separate cost involved.
Let us now take a look at the prices involved in the application process:
|Reliant 18 years and above
|Reliant 18 years and below
|For each applicant and dependent
|Police Clearance Certificate
There is no specific time for processing the application of visa 491. But the regional application processes are given more priority.
There are multiple steps involved in applying for a subclass 491 visa starting right from checking if your occupation is a part of the Skilled Occupation List, collecting your documents, getting your skill assessed, to applying for your visa.
Let’s go through the whole process one step at a time:
Check whether your designated profession is in the Skilled Occupation List published every year by the Australian Government.
Get your skill-set evaluated by the respective Australian organizations.
The Australian Government follows a points system for visa application. The minimum score for these assessments that you need to get an invitation is 65 points.
Apply by writing an Expression of Interest (EOI) addressed to the Department of Home Affairs using Skill Select. Skill Select carefully assesses those 65 points, after which you can start applying.
The Department of Home Affairs asks you to apply for candidacy, post your EOI gets accepted. You need to submit your supporting documents within 60 days. It’s better to collect your supporting documents from beforehand.
You need to submit these documents by applying on Immiaccount. You also need to pay the necessary fee, all within a time limit of 60 days.
After your application is received, you will receive an e-mail—login to your ImmiAccount to check the status of your application.
Important: Every applicant has to go through some medical examinations and biometric scans.
After your visa gets approved, expect to get an email with your visa grant number, the start date of your visa, and visa terms and conditions. If you need any help with the visa application or get stuck on any step, do not forget to contact us.
You can stay for 5years with a visa in subclass 491 in Australia. There is no extension given to the Skilled Regional visa. However, after the 3rd year, if you would like to continue living there, you can start applying for a PR visa after three years of fulfilling the necessary conditions.
Here’s a list of benefits you get after becoming an Australian citizen:
You can easily convert the visa 491 into permanent residency visas in subclass 191 and become an Australian citizen if you:
Once you have completed all these requirements, you can apply to work regionally in Australia, live there with your family, and transition your provisional visa to a temporary visa.
Since the shifting of the Skilled Work Regional visa in subclass 491 from visa subclass 491, both the subclasses have undergone considerable change.
The key points of difference are as follows:
If your visa is under subclass 491, you will get to stay for five years, whereas if your visa is under subclass 489, you get to stay for four years.
For visa subclass 491, you have to apply for the subclass 191 PR visa.
For visa subclass 489, you have to apply for the subclass 887 PR visa.
Visa subclass 489 usually has a processing time of 4-9 months. There is no standard time which has been set yet for processing in a visa subclass 491.
Allotted time for a permanent visa
If your visa is in subclass 491, then you will get three years for permanent visa application. If your permission is in subclass 489, you will get two years for the PR visa application.
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