491 Visa Points Calculator

Check your eligibility to migrate

Check out how many points you may score for Australia under the General Skilled Migration Category, specifically for the 491 visa subclass. You need at least 65 points to be invited to apply for any of these visas by the Federal Government, but 65 points or more does not guarantee an invitation (that’s the fine print).

491 Visa - Skilled Work Regional

Feature 491 Visa 189 Visa 190 Visa
Visa Type Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Skilled Independent Visa Skilled Nominated Visa
Primary Purpose Regional skilled work Independent skilled work State or territory nominated skilled work
Validity Period 5 years Permanent Permanent
Pathway to Permanent Residency Yes, can apply for Permanent Residency after 3 years N/A (Already permanent) N/A (Already permanent)
State Nomination Requirement Yes, requires nomination by an Australian state or territory No, independent visa Yes, requires nomination by an Australian state or territory
Work and Residency Requirement Must live, work, or study in regional area No specific residency requirement Must live and work in the nominating state or territory

How does the 491 visa differ from other General Skilled Migration visa types like 190 and 189?

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is a provisional visa that differs from the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) in its focus on regional development.

While the subclass 190 is a permanent visa requiring state or territory nomination and obliges recipients to live and work in their nominating state or territory, the subclass 491 encourages skilled workers to live in regional areas of Australia for 5 years, with a pathway to permanent residency after 3 years of residence and meeting specific income requirements.

Unlike the subclass 189, which is also a permanent visa and allows recipients to live and work anywhere in Australia without a nominating state, territory, or family member, the subclass 491 requires either a state or territory nomination or sponsorship by an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area.

491 Visa Eligibility

  1. Age: Applicants must be under 45 years of age.

  2. English Language Proficiency: Applicants must demonstrate competent English skills.

  3. Skills Assessment: A positive skills assessment in an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list is required.

  4. Points Test: Applicants must score sufficiently on the Australian immigration points test. This test considers factors such as age, English proficiency, skilled employment experience, and educational qualifications.

  5. State or Territory Nomination: Applicants must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency or be sponsored by an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area.

  6. Health and Character: Applicants must meet certain health and character requirements, including a medical examination and police certificates.

  7. No Previous Visa Cancellation or Refusal: Applicants should not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused while they were in Australia.

491 Visa Benefits:

    1. Extended Stay: The visa allows you to live, work, and study in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years.

    2. Pathway to Permanent Residency: After three years of living and working in regional Australia, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through the 191 visa (Permanent Residence - Skilled Regional Visa).

    3. Inclusive of Family Members: The visa allows you to include family members in your application.

    4. Work and Study Rights: You and your family have full work and study rights in Australia.

    5. Medicare Access: You are generally eligible for Medicare, Australia’s public healthcare scheme.

    6. Travel Rights: The visa permits travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

    7. Contribution to Regional Development: The visa encourages and contributes to the development of regional areas, often providing more job opportunities in these areas compared to major cities.

    8. Diverse Occupation List: The eligible occupations for the 491 visa are often more extensive, especially in regional areas, compared to other visa types.

491 Visa Processing Time

The processing time for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) can vary, but as of the latest available data, the processing times are as follows:

  • 25% of applications are processed within about 6 months.
  • 50% of applications are processed within about 11 months.
  • 75% of applications are processed within about 16 months.
  • 90% of applications are processed within about 17 months.

These timeframes are indicative and subject to fluctuations based on application volumes, the complexity of cases, and the completeness of the applications. For the most accurate and current processing times, applicants should consult the official Australian Department of Home Affairs visa processing times page.

491 Visa Cost

The cost for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) for the main applicant is generally around AUD 4,115. Additional charges apply for each family member who applies with the main applicant. These costs are subject to change, and it's advisable to check the latest fees on the Australian Department of Home Affairs visa pricing table for the most up-to-date information.