Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa

Subclass 491

Subclass 491

The 491 visa

allows skilled workers live in a regional area of Australia for up to five years.

You must be invited to apply for this visa. To do so, you must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

491 visa holders can:

-> Live, work and study in Australia for up to five years

-> Include immediate family

-> Study in Australia

-> Transition to permanent residency (if eligible)

Nomination or Sponsorship

You must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency or be sponsored by an eligible relative.

Score 65 points

You must score 65 points in order to receive an invitation to apply for this visa. Calculate your points


You must be aged under 45 to be invited to apply for the visa, meaning, you can still apply for the visa if you turn 45 after receiving the invitation

If you turn 45 after submitting your EOI and you haven’t received an invitation, you will not one.

Skill Assessment

You must have a positive Skill Assessment, in your nominated occupation, from the relevant assessing authority unless you are exempt.

Some applicants may be exempt if you are a medical or legal practitioner*.


You must have at least Competent English to apply for this visa.

Health & Character

You must meet the health and character requirements (Unless you are exempt).