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Skilled Nominated or Sponsored Visa (Subclass 491)

The Skilled Nominated or Sponsored Visa (Subclass 491) is a provisional visa that enables all skilled workers to live, pursue education, and work in appointed areas of Australia. It is a points-based visa valid for a tenure of 5 years.

The applicant for this visa has to be either state nominated or sponsored by an eligible family member who is a permanent resident in Australia. There are two pathways for the 491 visa:

State Sponsorship on a 491 Visa

The Skilled Sponsored (491) visa requires an Australian state or territory sponsorship. Each state faces unique skill shortages based on the skilled occupation lists (short-term, medium-term and regional lists), leading to opportunities for the skilled workers to get a state sponsorship visa.

Each state varies in its requirements. Some states require applicants to have higher English scores; others require more work experience or detailed evidence of the applicant’s assets. The applicant must live in a regional area of the state that sponsors them.

Relative Sponsorship on a 491 Visa

If the applicant’s nominated occupation is on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), they can be sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area. The relative must be a permanent resident or citizen of Australia or an eligible New Zealand citizen. You must live in the same designated area as your relative.

Eligibility requirements

Under the age of 45
Lodge an EOI and get an invite to apply
Get sponsored by an Australian state or a relative
Have an appropriate skill assessment of the occupation
Meet English language requirement
Meet health and character requirements
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