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491 Visa

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Are you looking to live, work, and study in regional Australia? The Skilled Work Regional Subclass 491 Visa might be your pathway to making this a reality. Brasica Migration is here to guide you through this journey.

What is the Subclass 491 Visa?

The Subclass 491 Visa is a provisional visa designed to encourage skilled migrants to contribute to regional Australia. Valid for five years, it offers a pathway to permanent residency after three years of living and working in designated regional areas.

Key Requirements for Applicants:

Eligibility Criteria:
•    Nomination: You must be nominated by a state/territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area.
•    Age Limit: Applicants must be under 45 years at the time of receiving an invitation.
•    Occupation & Skills: Your occupation must be on the relevant skilled occupation list with a suitable skills assessment and competent English.
•    Invitation & Points Test: You need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), wait for an invitation, and meet the points test threshold.

Application Process:

Steps Involved:
1.    Skills Assessment: Obtain a positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation.
2.    Expression of Interest (EOI): Submit an EOI via SkillSelect.
3.    Wait for Invitation: Await an invitation to apply for the Skilled Visa.
4.    Visa Application: Lodge your visa application upon receiving the invitation.

Visa Processing Times:

Processing times vary based on application volumes, complexity, and completeness. Estimates are available on the official Global Visa Processing Time page.

Costs Involved:

•    Government Application Fee: Starting from AUD4,240, varying based on the number and age of dependents.
•    Consultancy Fee: Dependent on individual circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Addressing Common Concerns:
•    Job Offer Requirement: A job offer is not mandatory for the visa application.
•    Sponsorship Eligibility: Eligible relatives can sponsor applicants residing in designated regional areas.
•    Application Location & Family Inclusion: Applications can be made both in and outside Australia, allowing inclusion of family members.
•    Medicare Eligibility: Visa holders and their families are eligible for Medicare benefits.
•    Moving Between States: Flexibility to move between regional areas without restrictions.

Pathway to Permanent Residency:

After three years of living and working in a designated regional area, holders of the 491 Visa have a pathway to apply for Permanent Residency.

Ready to explore regional Australia and embark on your journey? Contact Brasica Migration today for expert guidance on the Subclass 491 Visa.

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