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subclass 491

The Skilled Work Regional Visa Stream (Subclass 491) is a provisional Australian visa. This visa supports skilled workers nominated by an Australian State or Territory Government agency to live and work in regional Australia over a 5-year visa period.

eligibility requirements

In order to be eligible for the Skilled Work Regional Visa Stream (Subclass 491) visa, you must:

  • be under the age of 45
  • be nominated by an Australian State or Territory Government agency
  • provide suitable skills assessment documentation 
  • work in an occupation on the eligible skills list
  • meet English language and health requirements
  • have no outstanding debt in Australia 
  • have not previously had a visa that was cancelled or refused.

Application Process

In order to apply for the Skilled Work Regional Visa Stream (Subclass 491) visa, you will need to provide documentation relating to:

  • your age and personal details
  • educational background
  • suitable skills assessment
  • English-language proficiency and health checks
  • proof of visa eligibility.

You may also be required to supply further documents for assessment by the Department of Home Affairs.


visa benefits


With this visa, you can stay in Australia for up to 5 years.


This stream allows you to live and work in a designated regional area of Australia.


This visa allows travel to and from Australia while the visa remains valid.


If eligible, you may apply for permanent residence after 3 years.

frequently asked questions

Can Solve Migration help with Subclass 491 applications?

Yes! At Solve Migration, our professional lawyers can help you navigate all aspects of the Subclass 491 visa application process.

Can I submit an application for Subclass 491 myself?

You can submit your Subclass 491 application independently, but you will need to have a clear understanding of migration law and regulations. A single mistake could cost thousands of dollars. If you plan on self-submitting your application for Subclass 491, we suggest getting a professional document check. If you’d like guidance through the application process, contact our professional legal team for help.

What is the cost to apply for this visa?

For this visa, the standard cost for a primary applicant is $4,240 AUD. The same fee will apply for each subsequent applicant. You may also be required to pay other costs associated with health checks, police clearances, biometrics, and other selection criteria.

You’ll only be charged if the Department of Home Affairs grants the visa. Please reach out to us if you need help estimating the complete visa cost for you and your family.

Please note that you will need to enter Australia before the last date specified on your Visa Grant Letter.

How long will processing take?

The typical processing times for the Subclass 189 visa are currently:

  • 25% of applications: 3 months
  • 50% of applications: 6 months
  • 75% of applications: 9 months
  • 90% of applications: 22 months

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