Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

A visa for skilled people nominated by a state or territory government to live and work in regional Australia.


  • be nominated to apply by a state or territory government agency, or an eligible relative must sponsor you
  • have an occupation on a relevant skilled occupation list AND on the specific state’s occupation list (and fully satisfy the criteria for that occupation)
  • have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
    be invited to apply
  • satisfy the points test
  • Be able to score 65 points or more. Read: Points table for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

Period of Stay

5 Years


From AUD 4,045 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

You might have to pay an extra charge for any applicant 18 years old or older who has less than functional English. This charge is called the second instalment. Pay it only when you are asked to do it. You will be asked for the charge only if you are going to be granted the visa.

The second instalment charge for family members is AUD 4,890.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics

Processing Time

There are no standard processing times available for this pathway

Documents needed

Read: Subclass 491 Document Checklist