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Australia Immigration - Subclass 491

The new Skilled Regional Visa Subclass 491 has replaced Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa subclass 489 temporary visa from November 2019.

For this visa type, you need to possess skills and abilities which are in demand in the states or regional territories of Australia. This visa will allow you to live and work in the particular region of Australia.

As the primary applicant, you need to select an occupation from consolidated skilled occupations list in Australia and get a sponsorship from the Australian state or territory you wish to apply.

Benefits of Applying for a Subclass 491 visa

This visa will allow you and your family (spouse and dependent children) to:

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  • Live and work in Australia for 5 years
  • Travel in and out of Australia until the validity of your visa
  • After 3 years allowed to apply for permanent visa
  • Apply for a permanent resident visa by Skilled Regional visa subclass 191 (starting from November 2022)

What is the Eligibility to Apply for a 491 Visa

You need to fulfil the following conditions to be eligible to apply for a 491 Visa.

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  • You need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • You need to receive an EOI nomination invitation
  • You need to be under the age of 45 years
  • You need to have relevant work experience in any of the occupations which are listed in the consolidated skilled occupations list in Australia
  • You need to earn at least 65 points on Australia points test systems for immigration. These points are allocated based on:
    • Age
    • educational qualification
    • work experience in Australia and overseas
    • English proficiency level
    • nomination or sponsorship
  • You will need to obtain a positive skills assessment from any relevant assessment
  • You will need to prove your English proficiency through IELTS
  • You will need to meet the minimum health requirements
  • You will need to meet character requirements by obtaining a positive Police Clearance Report

What is the process for applying for a subclass 491 visa?

Subclass 491 visa includes many steps from gathering documents to applying for visa. The steps involved are:

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Step 1: Check for occupation is in the list of eligible skilled occupation for subclass 491.

Step 2: Get your skill assessed from the Australia organization.

Step 3: Check the eligibility 65 points for your profile.

Step 4: Through SkillSelect, apply for Expression of Interest (EOI) to Department of Home Affairs (DHA).

Step 5: SkillSelect will assess your 65 points and invite you to apply

Step 6: After acceptation of your EOI, the DHA invites you to apply for nomination for which you have 60 days to submit the supporting documents.

Step 7: Gather all the supporting documents required to applying for subclass 491 visa.

Step 8: Within 60 days, you are required to submit the documents by applying it online through ImmiAccount and pay the required fees.

Step 9: DHA will send an email once they receive your application. You can even track your application by login to ImmiAccount.

Step 10: You are required to undergo medical exam and give your biometrics in the meantime.

Once the visa gets accepted, you will receive an email with the visa grant number, visa start date and visa conditions.

What are the costs involved for subclass 491?

The below cost covers, all the processing fees and the other charges involved:

Applicant Fee Factors AUD INR (Approx)
Primary Applicant Subclass 491 4045 198,000
Dependent 18 years and above Subclass 491 2025 99,000
Dependent 18 years and below Subclass 491 1010 50,000
For each applicant and dependent Biometrics 60 3000
Medical Test 350 17,200
Police Clearance Certificate Depends Depends

What is the processing time involved for subclass 491?

For processing subclass 491, there is not standard time for the application to process. But the priority is given to regional applications process.

What are the document checklists for subclass 491?

You must gather all the documents to support your information given in EOI

  • Passport of all applicants
  • Marriage certificate
  • Police Clearance Certificate along with dependent
  • Language Proficiency report along with dependent
  • Dependent under 18 years
    • Birth Certificate
    • Adoption Paper (If adopted or step children)
  • Dependent above 18 years

Dependent on you and your partner as the age is above 18 but below 23 years

  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Adoption Paper (If adopted or step children)
  • Proofs of financial dependency

Above 23 years but dependent on you and your partner due to physical or cognitive problem

  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Adoption Paper (If adopted or step children)
  • Proofs of financial dependency
  • Provide report from medical practitioner about the total or partial loss of their bodily or mental functions

● Documents related to the claims made in EOI

  • Skill Assessment
  • Language Assessment
  • Australian skilled employment
  • Education Qualification
  • Education according to Australian standards
  • Specialist education
  • Study in regional Australia
  • Partner skills
  • Work experience in Australia

● Sponsor Documents

Proofs that your sponsor is

  • 18 years and above
  • Sponsor declaration
  • Eligible relative
  • Permanent resident or citizen of Australia

Converting your 491 Visa into a Permanent Resident Visa subclass 191

You can convert your 491 visa into a permanent resident 191 visa if you fulfil the following requirements.

  • You need to hold a valid subclass 491 visa
  • You must have resided in a specified region in Australia for at least three years
  • You need to fulltime work experience in Australia for at least one year
  • You need to meet the health and character requirements for a Permanent Residency Visa in Australia.
  • You must have or made adequate arrangements to repay your debts to the Australian government if any.
  • You must be earning AUD 53,900 per annum for 3 years.

Some of the benefits of a permanent residency visa include:

  • You can live and work in Australia indefinitely
  • You can study in Australia
  • You can enroll in Medicare, which is the Australian health-care scheme
  • Your spouse can also be the primary applicant
  • Sponsor eligible family members and relatives for a permanent resident
  • You can apply for Australian Citizenship upon meeting all eligibility requirements

The processing time for getting permanent status by 191 visa:

As this program is going to start in 2022, knowing the processing time cannot be fixed. But you can avoid delay by:

  • Applying with complete application and supporting documents
  • Quick response to any request for additional documents
  • Perform check for the supporting documents
  • Time to receive additional documents
  • Places availability in migration program

The cost involved for processing of subclass 191 visa:

At present, the charges for this visa are not disclosed. The cost will be announced before the launch date of 191 visa. There may be changes in the fees for each family member.

Do check out this space regularly to know the updates on processing time and cost for subclass visa 191 visa.

Changes between subclass 489 to 491

As the Skilled Regional Visa, subclass 489 has been changed subclass 491. There are few changes in both the visa types.

Below table illustrates the changes which has been done is subclass 489 to 491:

Factors Subclass 489 Subclass 491
Stay for 4 years 5 years
Permanent visa pathway Subclass 887 Subclass 191
Processing time 6-9 months No standard time
Time to apply for permanent visa 2 years 3 years

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