Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa – Subclass 489
The Skilled-Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) is for skilled workers and their families to live, work and study in specified regional areas in Australia for four years.
There are three pathways to the 489 visa grant.
1. Invited Pathway – 489 Visa
You might be eligible to apply for the 489 visa if invited.
To be invited to apply for the 489 visa, you need to submit an EOI (Expression of Interest) via Skillselect. SkillSelect calculates and estimates a points score for you and if you score high enough:
- you will be invited to apply for the 489 visa if you are sponsored by a relative living in a designated area of Australia
- you will be nominated by an Australian state or territory government and invited to apply for the 489 visa. You have to have nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupations list. You will need to have a skills assessment, not yet turned 45 years of age, achieved the score specified in the letter of invitation and have at least competent English.
2. Extended Stay Pathway – 489 Visa
This pathway is the second pathway of the 489 visa and it is only for applicants who currently already hold one of the following provisional visas:
Subclass 496 – Designated Area Sponsored Visa
Subclass 495 Skilled Independent (Provisional) Regional Visa
Subclass 487 – Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa
Subclass 475 – Skilled – Regional Sponsored Visa
3. Subsequent Entry Pathway – 489 Visa
This pathway is only for people who have a family member of someone who is already a 489 visa holder or someone who holds one of the following visa subclasses: 475, 487, 495 or 496 visa.