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Skilled Regional (provisional) Visa – Subclass 489

The Skilled-Regional (Provisional) visa – subclass 489 is constructed for those skilled profiles and their families who wish to live, work and study in a particular regional area of Australia for a period of 4 years.

Candidates who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia can apply for this visa program.

What you need to be eligible for the Visa Program?

Basic Requirements

  • Nomination by an Australian State or Territory government agency or, sponsorship by an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia.
  • Applicant has nominated an occupation from the SOL List.
  • Positive skill assessment for the occupation nominated.
  • Minimum 60 points based on the point system.

How the points are awarded?

Points are awarded according the following factors listed in the table below:

Factor Description Points
Age 18–24 years 25
25–32 years 30
33–39 years 25
40–44 years 15
45–49 years 0
English Language Ability Competent English
(IELTS – min 6)
Proficient English
(IELTS – min 7)
Superior English
(IELTS – min 8)
Work experience in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation 3 years 5
5 years 10
8 years 15
Qualification PhD from an Australian educational institution or from a recognized standard 20
Bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or other degree of a recognized standard 15
An award or qualification recognized by the assessing authority in the assessment of the skilled occupation 10
Others Factors Credentialed community 5

How Skilled Regional (provisional) Visa – subclass 489 works?

There are 3 stages involved:

Stage 1 – Skill assessment

The first stage involves completion of a skill assessment under the relevant government authorities. Your Educational and Employment Documents are examined for the required level of skill in your nominated occupation in Australia.

Stage 2 – Expression of interest

After a successful skill assessment, your Expression of Interest (EOI) will be lodged in front of the Australian Government, which will declare your interest to live and work in Australia.

Stage 3 – Visa application

Once you have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA), you can submit your final application for Skilled Regional (provisional) Visa – subclass 489.

How much time does the process takes?

The Duration for Visa processing depends upon the particular case lodged and is based on personal circumstances.
A time period of 3 months on average is taken to process 489 subclass visa application for overseas applicants.

Benefits for Skilled Independent Visa – Subclass 190

  • Live and work in Australia for a period of 4 years.
  • Study in a particular regional area of Australia.
  • Travel in and out of Australia while the visa is valid.


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