The Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa is a temporary visa. This visa allows skilled workers to live and work in regional or low-population growth metropolitan areas of Australia for up to four years.
Once you have lived in the designated area for at least 2 years and worked full time for at least 1 year in a specified regional area, you will be eligible to apply for permanent residency and live in any part of Australia.
Who can apply for 489 visa and what are the requirements?
- Have an occupation that is on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupation
- Lodged and Expression of Interest (EOI) and be invited to apply
- Be nominated by a state or territory government agencies OR sponsored by an eligible relative
- Meet the 65 points pass mark in the Skilled Migration points test (being nominated by a state or territory or sponsored by an eligible relative, you will be awarded an additional 10 points toward the point test)
- Be aged under 45 to be invited
- Have a suitable skills assessment
- Have at least competent English
- Meet health and character requirements
Who is an eligible relative?
Your relative is:
- Your partner, child, parent, brother, sister, step-parent, stepbrother or stepsister
- Your grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or step equivalent
To be sponsored by an eligible relative, your sponsor must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be a usually resident in a designated area of Australia
- Be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen
- Be your or your partner’s relative
Designated areas of Australia for Skilled Regional Visa
For this visa, designated area means any one of the following:
What does “usually resident” mean?
For your sponsor to satisfy the sponsorship requirement, they must provide proof that they are usually resident in a designated area of Australia. “Usually resident” refers to the place that you physically live (eat and sleep) and want to make that your home.