Exploring Australia's 491 Visas
Nominated or Sponsored (provisional) (Sub-Class 491) Visa provides temporary entry permission that is available on an endorsement of your candidature either by a provincial/state authority or by a qualified relative defined and deemed as eligible for five years, leading to permanent residency.
Major features for this visa include:
Those in Australia must hold either a substantive visa or a Bridging visa A, B, or C;
It will be subject to the GSM points test and applicants must be invited to apply for this visa and must apply within a particular time;
A minimum of 65 points will be required as per all other GSM Points-tested visas;
Applicants must nominate a skilled occupation;
Sponsors can be a State or Territory or a relative who is either an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen or either the applicant or their spouse or de facto partner;
Sponsors who are relatives must usually be resident in a designated regional area;
All applicants must declare they have a genuine intention to live, work and study in a designated regional area; and
Other visas, including partner, business skills, GSM visas, and 186 visas will require a 491 visa holder to have held that visa for at least 3 years and have substantially complied with the conditions for this visa unless certain exceptional circumstances apply.
New conditions must be imposed on all visa holders, including:
Notify Immigration within 14 days of any change to the visa holder’s residential address, email address, phone number, passport details, the address of employer, or address or location of a position where they are employed;
Must live work and study only in a designated regional area listed at the time the visa was granted;
If requested, provide evidence to Immigration within 28 days after the date of request of any or all of their: residential address, the address of each employer, address of each location of each position employed, or address of an educational institution they are attending;
If requested, attend an interview with Immigration.
The 491 will be a five-year visa if granted.
Salient features of the 491 visa sub-class include:
- Live, work and study in Australia
- Travel in and out of the country
- Include family members in the visa
- The validity of the visa is for 5 years
- Permanent Residency after 5 years
May make your candidature ineligible for further issuance of a similar visa or permanent residence There are certain prerequisites that you must satisfy before filing for a visa under this section.
You must be:
- Under 45 years
- Secure 65 points in the GMS points test
- Demonstrate an English language ability
- Be sponsored by a state or relative within a designated region
- Have an occupation in demand
- Live in State for a minimum of 5 years
If you are looking to be sponsored by your family they must live in a designated area. We will provide further details for each designated region across Australia.