The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 491 opens doors for skilled workers and their families to settle in Australia’s regional areas. This visa is perfect for those seeking to start a new life while supporting the development of regional communities. At Settlers Migration & Education, our extensive experience ensures we can guide you through every step of your migration journey.

Visa Overview

The Subclass 491 visa caters to two primary streams: the Main Applicant and the Subsequent Entrant. The Main Applicant stream is for skilled workers who have been nominated by an Australian state or territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area. The Subsequent Entrant stream allows family members of the main applicant to join them in Australia.

Benefits of the Subclass 491 Visa

Eligibility Requirements

Main Applicant Stream
Subsequent Entrant Stream

Application Process

Before Applying
Submitting the Application
After Applying

Visa Conditions and Obligations

As a Subclass 491 visa holder, you must:

Processing Time

The processing time for the Subclass 491 visa varies depending on the completeness of your application and the time taken to verify your documents.


What is the difference between the 489 and 491 visas?

The 489 visa is valid for four years, while the 491 visa is valid for five years and offers a more straightforward pathway to permanent residency.

What are the fees for the Subclass 491 visa?

The application fee for the Subclass 491 visa is AUD4,045.

Do I need an Incoming Passenger Card for the Subclass 491 visa?

Yes, an Incoming Passenger Card is required.


The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 491 is an excellent opportunity for skilled workers and their families to build a life in Australia’s vibrant regional areas. With the right support and guidance, the application process can be smooth and straightforward. At Settlers Migration & Education, we are committed to providing the highest level of service to help you achieve your migration goals. Contact us today to start your journey towards a new life in Australia.

By adhering to the detailed steps and understanding the requirements, you can confidently pursue the Subclass 491 visa. Our team is here to support you every step of the way, ensuring that your application is completed with precision and care. Together, we can make your dream of living and working in Australia a reality.

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