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Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) Visa

The Skilled Regional Nominated Migration (489) Visa is now closed to new nominations.

The new Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) Visa will replace the Skilled Regional Nominated Migration (489) Visa. The Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs opened the new visa in November 2019.

The new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa will enable eligible skilled workers and their families to live, work and study in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years. Visa holders will be eligible to apply for a Permanent Residence visa after three years. Applicants for this visa must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area and be invited to apply for the visa, following submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect.

RDA Northern Rivers will not be assessing the new Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) Visa.

All Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) Visa applications will be lodged directly with the NSW Government. Applications for NSW nomination for this visa will open in mid-January 2020.

Please see the NSW Government website for more information and direct your enquiries to NSW Business & Skilled Migration, skilled.migration@treasury.nsw.gov.au, Telephone: 02 9934 0702.

Visa information is available from the Department of Home Affairs

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