489-Subclass-Skilled-regional

Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)

Features

This visa permits the skilled workers to live and work in specific regional areas in Australia up to four years. If you are choosing the invited pathway then you should submit the expression of interest. If you want the extensive Stay Pathway - Apply for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) Renewal (subclass 489) visa. If you have family member which has a hold of a subclass 489, 487, 495 or 496 – Apply for a skilled regional (provisional) subsequent entrant (subclass 489) visa.

Requirements

You might be eligible to apply for this visa if you were invited. When we sent you your letter of invitation, you must also have:

  • --Should nominate an occupation that is on the skilled occupation list
  • --Also should obtain a suitable skills assessment for the relevant occupation
  • --Should be below the age of 50 years
  • --Should achieve the points specified in the letter of invitation based on the factors of the points test
  • --Should have at least 6 each on each bands from the IELTS test
  • --Should be recommended by an Australian state or Territory government agency.

There are two pathways for this visa:

  • --The Invited Pathway
  • --The Extended Stay Pathway – you must hold a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496

Invited Pathway

You will be entitled for this visa if you are invited and you are also:

  • --Recommended by an Australian state or Territory Government Agency, or
  • --By been sponsored by an eligible relation living in designated area of Australia

When the letter of invitation is sent to you, you must also have:

  • --Should nominate an occupation that is on the skilled occupation list
  • --Also should obtain a suitable skills assessment for the relevant occupation
  • --Should be below the age of 50 years
  • --Should achieve the points specified in the letter of invitation based on the factors of the points test
  • --Should have at least 6 each on each bands from the IELTS test
  • --Should be recommended by an Australian state or Territory government agency.

Your invitation is based resting on the claim made in your expression of interest. Your application has to achieve at least the score specified in your invitation to apply when assessed beside the points test.

Extended Stay Pathway

If you are a skilled worker who has a hold of one of the following visas then who are eligible to apply for extended stay pathway:

  • --provisional Skilled—Independent Regional visa (subclass 495)
  • --provisional Skilled—Designated Area Sponsored Provisional visa (subclass 496)
  • --provisional Skilled—Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475)
  • --provisional Skilled—Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 487)

You must have never held more than one of the above visas.

What this visa lets you do

This visa permits you and your family to:

  • --To Reside in Australia for up to four years

  • --To Live, work and study in a particular regional area of Australia

  • --To Travel in and out of Australia while the visa is legal

Also through this visa you can get your permanent resident Visa (PR).

Before you apply

For you to apply for this visa you need to present an expression of interest and then has to be invited through skill select. Within 60 days after receiving the invitation you should apply online for the visa. Also you can’t change the information in the expression of interest during that period. For you to submit a complete expression of interest you must have at least 6 each on bands in the IELTS test and also a positive skills assessment for you designated occupation. Also you visa application might require extensive supporting documents, as listed in the document check list.

Your passport

You and your family members passport should be valid and also other travel documents for this visa. If you are applying for a new passport then you should apply for it before applying for the visa.

Nomination by a State or Territory government

A state of territory government agencies will analysis your expression of interest in skill select and decide whether to submit you for the visa. Each state or territory has a list of occupations that directs the kinds of skills they are looking for.

In your expression of interest, you can point out your concern in just one state or territory, or you can choose to be presented to all of them. If you accept a nomination, the states and territories may need you to:

  • --Reside in the designated state or territory for a specified minimum time
  • --Inform the state or territory your address, both before and after you arrive in Australia
  • --Be organized to complete surveys and providing other post-arrival information they ask for
  • --Be organized to complete surveys and offer other post-arrival information they ask for
  • --convene any of their additional requirements

Every state or territory government agency contain dissimilar processes for nominating expressions of interests, some will contact you first and others may stay for you to contact them.

  • --Australian Capital Territory: Migrating to Canberra
  • --New South Wales: Live and work in NSW
  • --Northern Territory: Pathways through business and skill migrations
  • --Queensland: Business and Skilled Migration Queensland
  • --South Australia: Immigration South Australia
  • --Tasmania: Migrating to Tasmania
  • --Victoria: Live in Victoria
  • --Western Australia: Live in Western Australia

Who could get this visa?

For you to apply for this visa, one of the following must apply to you:

  • --Invited Pathway - you have presented an expression of interest and you were invited to apply as a skilled worker for this visa
  • --Extended Stay Pathway - you have held a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 for at least two years and want to expand your stay in Australia
  • --You have a family member who holds this visa (subclass 489) or a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496

Health requirements

You must convene certain health requirements. The health assessments you will depend on your individual circumstances, including your country of citizenship, time spent in another country throughout the last five years and your intended activities in Australia. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.

This applies to you and any dependent family members integrated in your application.

You are capable to organize your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application.

Character requirements

You need certain character requirements. You must offer a police certificate from each country you have lived for the past 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. This also relates to all dependent family members in the submission who are 16 years of age or older.

Debts to the Australian Government

You must not have any outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to refund any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

Provide biometrics

You will be asked to offer biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics plan has additional information.

Specified regional areas of Australia

Regional and low population-growth metropolitan areas

If you are designated for this visa by a State or Territory government agency, you are to live, work and study in an area listed by postcode in the following table.

Regional and low population growth metropolitan areas

Regional and low population growth metropolitan areas

Postcodes

New South Wales (NSW)
Anywhere except Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and
Wollongong

2311 to 2312, 2328 to 2411, 2420 to 2490, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2594, 2618 to 2739, 2787 to 2898

Northern Territory


Entire territory

Queensland - Anywhere except the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast

4124 to 4125, 4133, 4211, 4270 to 4272, 4275, 4280, 4285, 4287, 4307 to 4499, 4515, 4517 to 4519, 4522 to 4899

South Australia

Entire state

Tasmania

Entire state

Victoria
Anywhere except the Melbourne metropolitan area

3211 to 3334, 3340 to 3424, 3430 to 3649, 3658 to 3749, 3753, 3756, 3758, 3762, 3764, 3778 to 3781, 3783, 3797, 3799, 3810 to 3909, 3921 to 3925, 3945 to 3974, 3979, 3981 to 3996

Western Australia
Anywhere except Perth and surrounding areas

6041 to 6044, 6083 to 6084, 6121 to 6126,6200 to 6799

Designated areas of Australia

If you are sponsored by an entitled relative, you are to live, work and study in one of the following nominated areas of Australia.

State or territory

Designated area

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Entire territory

New South Wales (NSW)
(except Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong)

2311 to 2312, 2328 to 2333, 2336 to 2490, 2535 to 2551, 2575 to 2739, 2787 to 2898

Northern Territory

Entire territory

Queensland
(anywhere outside the Brisbane metropolitan area)

4019 to 4028, 4037 to 4050, 4079 to 4100, 4114, 4118, 4124 to 4150, 4158 to 4168, 4180 to 4899

South Australia

Entire state

Tasmania

Entire state

Including family in your Application

You can include the below mentioned people in your visa application:

  • --Your spouse (married or de facto)
  • --Yours or your partner’s dependent children
  • --Other dependent relations

The family members must convene the necessities required to include them in your visa application. The application must comprise documentary evidence of their relationship to you. Your family also must be able to show their health and character requirements. You can also put in your partner and dependent children to your application at any time until your visa is decided.

How to apply

This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Skilled-Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).

Prepare your documents

You need to offer documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are scheduled in the Document checklist.

Some documents could take some time to acquire. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to diminish any delays in processing.

Lodge your application online

You can apply for this visa as follows:

  • --For the Invited Pathway
  • --For the Extended Stay Pathway - Apply for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) Renewal (subclass 489) visa
  • --For family members of someone who already holds this visa or a visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 -apply using Application for Provisional Skilled Regional - Subsequent Entrant Visa (489)

Wait for a decision

The visa processing time differentiate from each visa to visa. Your application could take longer if you have to provide character or health checks (X-Rays), if you need to offer more information or if your application is incomplete.

Priority processing preparations also apply. These arrangements decide the order in which we believe applications regardless of when the applications were lodged.

Outside Australia:

If you apply for this visa from outside Australia do not make arrangements before you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa. Wait for a decision from us before you leave your job, sell your home or book your travel.

In Australia:

If you apply for this visa in Australia, you could be eligible for a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a Bridging visa A, you can apply for a Bridging visa B (BVB) to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.

Visa decision

If the visa is granted, you will be told,

  • --When you can utilize the visa
  • --The visa grant number
  • --Any conditions attached to the visa

How long your visa lasts

Invited Pathway

Your visa is legal for four years from the date of grant.

Extended Stay Pathway

Your visa is legal for 4 years from the date you were granted the provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496.

If you applied for this visa as the family member of a possessor of this visa (subclass 489) or a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496, your visa is valid for the same period as the visa of that person.

What this visa lets you do

This visa permits you and your family to:

  • --Reside in Australia for up to four years
  • --To live, work and study in a specified regional area of Australia specific regional area of Australia
  • --Travel in and out of Australia while the visa is valid

This visa provides a pathway to durable residence through the Skilled-Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887).

Your obligations

If you were nominated for this visa by a State or Territory government

You must work, live and study in regional and low population growth areas and comply with any residential conditions specified by the state or territory government you were nominated from.

If you later pertain for a permanent residence Skilled-Regional visa (subclass 887), you will need to verify that you have spent the specified time in a regional and low population-growth metropolitan area.

If you were sponsored for this visa by a family member

You must live, study and work in a nominated area. If you plan to apply for permanent residence Skilled-Regional visa (subclass 887), you will need to verify that you have spent the specified time in a designated area.

Report changes in circumstances

Tell us if your circumstances amend. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.

Who can be a sponsor

You can sponsor an eligible relation for this visa if you have the following necessities :

  • --You should be at least 18 years old
  • --You should live in a nominated area of Australia
  • --You should be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand Citizen

The family member or the relations partner you want to sponsor must be your:

  • --child or stepchild
  • --parent or step-parent
  • --brother, sister, adoptive brother, adoptive sister, stepbrother, step sister, niece, nephew, adoptive niece, adoptive nephew, step niece, step nephew, aunt, uncle, adoptive aunt, adoptive uncle
  • --grandparent or first cousin

Your sponsor should offer certain documents as listed in the document checklist

Sponsor declaration

For you to sponsor and applicant, you need to complete the following statutory declaration:

  • --Skilled Regional (class SP) 489 (provisional) visa sponsor declaration (27KB PDF)

Give the completed form to the applicant so that they can comprise the form with their visa application.

Sponsors Obliagtion

As a sponsor, you are approving to support the applicant and help them stay in Australia.

How points are listed,

GSM Points Test