Australian State or Family Sponsorship Skilled Visas

491 visas for Australia immigration

 Exploring Australia's 491 Visas

Nominated or Sponsored (provisional) (Sub-Class 491) Visa is a 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.

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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

Designated areas

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.

491 visas for Australia immigration

Name: 491 visas to emigrate

Description: The 489 visas are a great way to emigrate to Australia as a skilled worker if you can only achieve 55 points in your skills assessment.

a 489 visa holder will be required to live and work in the state that nominated them for the first 2 years in Australia.

That is not usually an issue as everywhere in Australia offers a fantastic way of life.

There are limited number s of the 489 visas approved within each state every years.

That said, it remains an excellent first choice for many people who want to make Australia home.

Tailored solutions available to to meet all your requirements and those of your family.

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