Australia Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 visa are for those people who want to live in a less densely populated region of Australia, it is a 4 year visa which needs a candidate to have their occupation in the particular occupation list  and need to get the sponsorship from that particular state or territory in Australia, which he or she choose to apply. 489 visa becomes a pathway to permanent residence; If you hold this visa and live for at least two years and work for at least one year in a specified region.

To get a Subclass 489 visa, you need to be sponsored by either a relative living in a designated area or a State or Territory of the Government.

Requirements for Skilled Regional (Provisional) 489 Visa

A candidate has to be eligible to apply under this subclass and the requirements are:

  • You must be under 45 years of age.
  • hold a subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 visa (Extended Stay pathway)
  • be nominated by a state or territory government agency or be sponsored by an eligible relative (Invited pathway)
  • be invited to apply (Invited pathway)
  • have a relevant occupation
  • have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • meet the points test pass mark of 60 points
  • have English proof

The pathways

Extended stay pathway

The extended stay pathway is for applicants who currently hold one of the following provisional visas and complied with all visa conditions for at least two years before applying for this visa:

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

You must have never held more than one of these visas.

You can work in any occupation and for any employer.

If you were nominated by a state or territory for your current skilled visa, you must live and work in a regional or low-population growth metropolitan area in the same state or territory that nominated you for your current visa.

If you were sponsored by a relative for your current skilled visa, you can live and work in any designated area in any state or territory.

Invited pathway

The invited pathway is for applicants who do not meet the criteria for the extended pathway. You either:

  • want to be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency or
  • will be sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia.

You must be prepared to live, work and study in only certain areas of Australia. If you are:

  • nominated by a state or territory government agency, this is a regional or low-population growth metropolitan area
  • sponsored by a relative, this is a designated area of Australia.

Subsequent entry pathway

The subsequent entry pathway is for applicants who have there family member already holds a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) or a subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 visa.

 

489 Selection Factors

You must score at least 60 /100 points against points of factors to be eligible  for this visa. If you are invited to apply, you must meet at least the score specified in your letter of invitation.

The Points calculator assesses the applicant on the basis of certain criteria. These criteria are

  • English Language ability- The applicant needs to prove his ability to speak/ write/read in English i.e. whether he is proficient, competent, superior or below competent in English.
  • Australian Educational qualifications- Does the applicant have a required 2-year or more Australian diploma or degree in a skill that matches the CSOL
  • Work experience The foreign applicants are assessed according to the number of years they have worked in a skill that they have nominated.
  • Australian Work experience Similarly, if an applicant has Australian work experience, he will be assessed by the total years he has worked on a skill that matches his nominated skill.
  • Partner Skill Profile Broadly, the partner is assessed on whether he/she is competent in English, has an occupation that matches one of the skills in the CSOL and whether he/she is under 50 years of age

 

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