New South Wales (NSW), Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria are so some of the regional areas specified for
skilled workers under visa subclass 489. With this visa, you and your family could live, study and work in
Australia for 4 years. Also, you and your family can travel to and from Australia till the visa is valid.
This visa is a stepping stone to permanent residence through the Skilled-Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887).
Visa Subclass 489 can be obtained in the following 2 ways:
In this method, you will need to be invited by the Australian government to apply for the visa and then
submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).
When you receive the letter of invitation, you must also:
Be a nominee of an Australian state/ territory OR be sponsored by a relative living in a designated area.
Be in an occupation that falls under the purview of the relevant skilled occupations list.
Be under 50 years of age.
Meet the English language parameters.
Achieve the necessary score in the points test.
What is an Expression of Interest?
SkillSelect is an online service that helps the Asutralian government in managing migration of skilled workers. If you record your details in SkillSelect, you can be nominated for a skilled visa by Australian employers or state and territory governments, or you might be invited by the Australian Government to apply for a visa.
An expression of interest (EOI) is a way for prospective migrants to show their interest in applying for a skilled visa. It is an online form in SkillSelect on the Australia immigration website which asks a series of questions about your skills depending on the visa subclass you select.
Extended Stay Pathway:-
In this method, you will need to apply for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) Renewal (subclass 489) visa. You can also apply for this visa if you hold a provisional visa in subclass 496, 495, 487 or 475 for at least 2 years before applying for subclass 489.
The requirement for family members in either of the above 2 pathways is the same. They will need to be family members of someone who already holds this visa (subclass 489) or a provisional visa in subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496.
You might be eligible to apply for this visa if invited. When you receive a letter of invitation, you must also have:
The points test under Invited Pathway mandates that you earn a minimum of 60 points on the test factors to be eligible. When you are invited to apply, your letter will specify the required score and you should have achieved it to proceed further.
Points are awarded on the following factors:
You should be between 18-49 years of age. The break up bands age wise are 18-24 years (25 points), 25-32 years (30 points), 33-39 (25 points) ,40-44 (15 points), 45-49 (0 points).
English Language Proficiency:-
You should prove that you meet the English language requirements by submitting the test results before the application is lodged. You should pass IELTS 6 in all of its components if you hold a valid passport and are a citizen of one of the following countries: United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America and Republic of Ireland.
To score points on English requirement, you must meet proficient or superior level. Points 10 or 20 can be awarded under Proficient English (IELTS 7 or more bands/ 8 or more bands respectively in all the components), English Language test results are required supporting these claims at the time of application.
You can earn a maximum of 20 points for any combination of skilled employment in and outside Australia.
Experience outside Australia: A minimum of 5 points and a maximum of 15 points will be granted for having three/five/eight years of overseas experience in the nominated occupation in the last 10 years.
Experience in Australia: A minimum of 5 points and a maximum of 20 points will be granted for having one/three/five/eight years of overseas experience in the nominated occupation in the last 10 years.
Australian study requirement:-
One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and meet the Australian study requirement.
Other factors include community language qualifications, partner skill qualifications etc.
An important note about Specified Regional Areas:-
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|
|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|
Sponsor by a relative:-
Designated 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|
|Western Australia||Entire state|
Your health standards must adhere to the stipulated parameters. The results of your health check are generally valid for 12 months.
This condition must be met by all dependent family members included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.
You must be able to organize your health examinations upfront before applying for your visa.
You are required to produce a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age.
This also applies to all dependent family members in the application who are 16 years of age or older.
Debts to the Australian Government:-
You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.
You can include the following people in your visa application:
These family members must meet the requirements for including family members in your application. The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you. Your family members must be able to show that they meet health and character requirements.
Dependent visa applicants, who are above 18 years are required to meet at least Functional English requirement through study where medium of instruction is in English or by IELTS test scores of 4.5 and above or by paying visa second installment charges towards English requirements.
You can add your partner and dependent children to your application before the visa application can be added and not after the visa is filed.
This visa allows you and your family to:
*Not eligible for any benefits on this visa.
*These services are provided at an additional cost.