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Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (491)

We are currently accepting applications for 491 Skilled Work Regional Visas for the Northern Inland region.

Fitter/machinists Maxwell Matandaudyi and Courage Munyakari, Tamworth’s Apollo Engineering Managing Director Dave Errington, and first-class welders, Wellington Bigone and Komborero Anthony Chikonyera
Fitter/machinists Maxwell Matandaudyi and Courage Munyakari, Tamworth’s Apollo Engineering Managing Director Dave Errington, and first-class welders, Wellington Bigone and Komborero Anthony Chikonyera

Skilled migrants are an important part of our economy, allowing employers to fill skill gaps in their organisations to allow them to continue to grow and prosper.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (491) holders are eligible to stay in Australia for 5 years, however they must live, work and study in a designated regional area of Australia, and cannot live in metropolitan areas such as Sydney. It provides for travel to and from Australia as many times as they want, while the visa is valid, keeping in mind COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Applicants for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (491) must be invited to apply by being nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area. RDA Northern Inland assesses applications for sponsorship on behalf of the NSW Government.

Visa holders may apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time their visa is granted, and many continue to live in the region that supported them, making positive contributions to regional economies and communities.

Skilled Migrant Ellen Iramu and Sandra Williams, who is the Team Leader, Agriculture & Food, CSIRO based at the Australian Cotton Research Institute, Narrabri.
Skilled Migrant Ellen Iramu and Sandra Williams, who is the Team Leader, Agriculture & Food, CSIRO based at the Australian Cotton Research Institute, Narrabri.

Skilled Work Regional Visa holders are highly beneficial to businesses in our region as they bring skills that are needed in the region. Through the application process, RDA-NI restricts the occupations of the applicants that are sponsored based on our market research and information provided to us by industry and businesses in the region. The occupation list is also amended regularly based on the applications that are received.

As part of the program, we have established the free Skilled Migration Jobs Board Northern Inland online group to facilitate connections between employers and skilled migrants and the Skilled Migration Settlement Support Group. While Australia's borders remain closed due to COVID-19, we will not be accepting new members from offshore into these groups.

Our collection of Skilled Migration Case Study Videos provides further insight into the experience of skilled migration placements from the perspective of employers and migrants.

Criteria for 491 Nomination Criteria for 491 Nomination Find out about the criteria for each of the three streams of eligibility for 491 visa nomination from the NSW Government Read More
Apply for 491 Nomination Apply for 491 Nomination Find out about applying for nomination from the NSW Government for a 491 Visa Read More
Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions Have a question? It might be answered in our list of frequently asked questions about the 491 visa. Read More
Helpful Information for 489 and 491 Visa Holders Helpful Information for 489 and 491 Visa Holders FInd out about living in the Northern Inland, working, health, transport and Permanent Resdiency. Read More
About the 489 and 491 Visas for Employers About the 489 and 491 Visas for Employers Find out about the 491 and 489 Visa incuding your obligations and how it can help your business. Read More
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