Australia’s New Skilled Regional Visa Subclass 491 to replace Subclass 489 Visa- Find details

by By Rajneesh Kumar

Posted on April 26, 2019

Australia Introduce New Subclass 491 Skilled Regional Visas

The Australian government has announced some key immigration rule changes a couple of weeks back. One of these important changes announced was the introduction of new Skilled Regional Visas Subclass 491.

The Australian government in last few months emphasizing on diverting the new immigrants to regional parts of Australia, as the big cities, such as Melbourne, Sydney, etc. are overburdened due to massive migration to these cities in last few years. Hence, the government has decided to divert new migrants to regional Australia and provide some relaxations also in the process to encourage migration into the regional parts.

Introduction of New Skilled Work Regional Visa

The Department of Home Affairs Australia is going to implement some key changes to Skilled Immigration Policy in Australia with effect from November 16, 2019.

  • Introduction of the Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491), a new and enhanced points-tested visa to benefit regional parts of Australia, for candidates nominated by a state or territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible family member living in a designated regional area
  • Removal of the Subclass 489 (Skilled – Regional (Provisional)) visa (Subclass 489) to primary applicants seeking to fulfill the parameters for the grant of a Subclass 489 visa in the First Provisional Visa stream. Subclass 489 is outdated or superseded by Subclass 491.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa Subclass 491

As mentioned above the new Subclass 491 visa will replace the existing Subclass 489 visa. Also, the newly enhanced point system will support the newly introduced Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa.

Moreover, w.e.f. November 16, 2019, the applicants nominated by a State or Territory government or sponsored by a family member residing in regional Australia, will now get 15 points, whereas earlier they used to get the 10 points only.

New Point system from November 16, 2019

To go with the above changes, Australia is also implementing the below point system changes from November this year, i.e.

  • 10 points for having a skilled spouse or de facto partner
  • 10 points- for having certain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) qualifications
  • 10 points for applicants who do not have a spouse or de facto partner
  • 5 Points -for applicants with a spouse or de facto partner who has competent English

Hence, if you have got sponsorship or nomination from regional Australia, and you also meet the criteria of new changes in the point system, i.e.

  • Skilled spouse /No Spouse
  • STEM qualification
  • Partner with Competent English

You can earn up to 40 immigration points (15+10+10+5) without much of an effort.

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How an Immigration Consultant can help you apply for skilled Visa in Australia?

by By Rajneesh Kumar

Posted on October 27, 2016

Skill Visa In Australia

Planning to live and work in Australia, but confused about hiring an immigration consultant?

Well, this is the dilemma of most of the applicants planning their immigration to Australia. The suggestions, advice, and opinions received regarding this, make your decision even more difficult, as they are often diverse in nature. Hence, the key question here is how to know whether you need a consultant for Australia immigration.

If you are reading this post, you will get your answer by the end of this post only. Let’s find out how an immigration consultant can help you apply for Skilled Visa to reach closer to your answer.

Role of Visa Consultant in choosing right Skilled visa

Australia is an advanced country that is facing skill shortage across its various industries due to its ageing population and retiring workforce. Hence, it has designed various skilled visas to invite skilled workers from overseas countries to come to Australia and get employed in the occupations which are facing great skill shortage.

An immigration consultancy service, with its years of experience helps you choose the right visa skilled visa category based on your profile. Applying for the right visa makes things relatively easy for you and vice versa of this is also true.

Selection of Right Occupation

Australian government release Skilled Occupation List (SOL), which include skill shortage occupations. Moreover, various Australian states also release their won skilled occupation list. An applicant needs to select an occupation from relevant occupation list. However, he/she must have the skills and experience to get employed in the chosen occupation. Now again, you can get thorough assistance from consultancy service for choosing right occupation from right SOL to apply.

(Note: With effect from April 19, 2017, Australian Government has replaced the old Occupation lists, i.e. SOL & CSOL with new Skilled Occupation lists, i.e. Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) & Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

The visa applicants, eligible to nominate an occupation from STSOL, also have access to some occupations in MLTSSL. Hence, both the lists (STSOL & MLTSSL) have been combined to form a new Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations and hence, there is no separate STSOL list.)

Arranging required documents

To apply in point-based immigration system of Australia, you need to first arrange the key documents, i.e. IELTS test result with minimum level 6 (For English language proficiency) and Skill Assessment Report obtained from a relevant assessing authority to verify your skills for chosen occupation. A good consultancy service also provides you assistance in acquiring essential documents to apply.

Following point based online system of immigration

This is the most crucial aspect of Australia immigration, you must score sufficient points based on your age, education, language ability and work experience to get ITA (invitation to apply) for Australian visa from DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) of Australia. The certified immigration experts at immigration consultancy help you understand and follow the point based immigration system of Australia and subsequently apply for the same online.

Well, looking at the various services provided by the immigration consultants, you must have got the answer of your question, i.e. whether you can handle these things on your own or need a consultant for the same. If you seek help and advice from a reliable consultant, here are the key updates for you.

Which is the top Visa Consultancy Service for Australia immigration?

Well, there are several immigration consultants active at now which claim the quality immigration services, however, choosing the best one is really a challenge. You must choose the one which is reliable, registered, and genuine.

Visas Avenue is once such registered Immigration Consultancy Service for Australia that has year of experience in Australian immigration process and visa categories. Visas Avenue helps the visa applicants in various aspects of Australia immigration process, i.e. online profile creation, visa filing, documentation, understanding point based system, application assessment, and so on.

To get in touch with the immigration specialists at Visas Avenue call at 011-48447777 (Delhi), 040-42467777 (Hyderabad), or 080-46668222 (Bangalore) or email your details and query to email id-

Disclaimer: Visas Avenue does not deal in any type of job or job assistance services. Visas Avenue is not a job recruitment agent or job service provider. Visas Avenue does not offer consultancy on / overseas jobs/work permits/international or domestic placements.

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