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Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 489

Features

This visa allows skilled workers to live and work in specified regional areas in Australia for up to four years.

For the Invited Pathway - Submit an Expression of Interest.

For the Extended Stay Pathway - Apply for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) Renewal (subclass 489) visa.

For family members of someone who already holds a subclass 489, 475, 487, 495 or 496 - Apply for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subsequent Entrant (subclass 489) visa.

Requirements

Invited Pathway

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited. When we sent your letter of invitation, you must also have:

  • been nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area
  • nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupations list
  • a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
  • not yet turned 50 years of age
  • achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test at least competent English

Extended Stay Pathway

You can also apply for this visa if you hold a provisional visa in subclass 496, 495, 487 or 475.

The Skilled-Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) is for skilled workers and their families to live, work and study in specified regional areas in Australia for four years.

There are two pathways for this visa:

  • the Invited Pathway
  • the Extended Stay Pathway – you must hold a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496.

For family members who are included in your visa application (in either visa pathways), they must be a family member of someone who already holds this visa (subclass 489) or a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496.

Invited Pathway

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited and you are either:

  • nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency, or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a Designated area of Australia.
  • nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list

When we sent your letter of invitation, you must also have:

  • been nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area
  • nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • a suitable skills assessment for that occupation, not yet turned 50 years of age
  • achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test at least competent English.

Your invitation is based on the claims made in your expression of interest. Your application must achieve at least the score specified in your invitation to apply when assessed against the points test.

Extended Stay Pathway

You might be eligible to apply for the Extended Stay Pathway if you are the skilled worker who has held one of the following visas and complied with all visa conditions, for at least two years before applying for this visa:

  • provisional Skilled—Independent Regional visa (subclass 495)
  • provisional Skilled—Designated Area Sponsored Provisional visa (subclass 496)
  • provisional Skilled—Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475)
  • provisional Skilled—Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 487).

You must have never held more than one of the above visas.

Nomination by a State or Territory government

State and Territory government agencies can view your expression of interest in SkillSelect and decide whether to nominate you for a visa. Each state or territory has a list of occupations that guides the types of skills they are looking for.

In your expression of interest, you can indicate your interest in just one State or Territory, or you can choose to be available to all States and Territories. If you accept a nomination, the States and Territories might require you to:

  • live in the nominating State or Territory for at least two years
  • tell the State or Territory your address, both before and after you arrive in Australia
  • be prepared to complete surveys and provide information they ask for
  • meet any other requirements