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Skilled Regional Provisional Visa


The visa is a 4-year provisional visa. Whilst in Australia you and your included family members can only live, work and study in an approved regional area. The approved regional areas vary depending on whether you are sponsored by a relative or by a State or Territory Government. Please note that the 489 visa is closed to new applications and has been replaced by the 491 visa.

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 visa is a 4-year provisional visa which requires holders to live and work in a regional area to obtain permanent residence. To qualify, you would need be sponsored by either a relative living in a designated area or a State or Territory Government.

Eligibility requirements of the Subclass 489 Visa

Your age has to be under 44 years.
Have relevant work experience in any of the nominated occupations in the eligible Skilled Occupation list in Australia
. You have to score a minimum of 65 points on the Australia Points Test System designed for immigration.
You must obtain a positive skills assessment from a relevant assessing authority.
You must possess experience that meets the state or territory requirements.
You must have the required level of English Proficiency from IELTS
You have to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
You must have an application for State Sponsorship
You need to meet the minimum health and character requirements to get a positive Police Clearance Report
You must live in a sponsoring regional area or state for 2 years after the visa is issued

The Subclass 489 visa is a four-year provisional visa that requires you to live in a regional area for at least two years and work full time (minimum 35 hours a week) for at least 12 months, before you become eligible to apply for permanent residency.

Sponsorship by a Relative Living in a Designated Area

You can apply for a Subclass 489 visa if you are sponsored by a relative living in a Designated Area. The relative must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand Citizen. The following relatives can sponsor for the Subclass 489 visa: Parents
Brothers and Sisters
Uncles and Aunts
Nephews and Nieces
First Cousins