Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)

Features

This visa allows skilled workers to live and work in regional or low-population growth metropolitan areas of Australia for up to four years.

    There are three pathways to the visa:
  • the Extended stay pathway
  • the Invited pathway
  • the Subsequent entry pathway

This visa might lead to the permanent Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887).

Eligibility

You must

  • 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
  • be under 45 years of age at time of invitation
  • have Competent English.

Length of stay

Up to four years

Cost

From AUD 3,670

Information about the 1 July 2017 changes is available. See 1 July 2017 changes to skilled visa programmes.

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The process

The Invited Pathway

 

    If you are applying via the invited pathway, submit an expression of interest (EOI) via Skillselect with details of your nominated occupation, skills and qualifications and whether you will be sponsored by a family member or wish to be nominated by an Australian state or territory. SkillSelect will estimate a points score. If you score high enough:
  • you will be invited to apply for the visa if you are sponsored by a relative,
  • Australian state and territory government agencies will be able to view your EOI and decide if they want to nominate you. If you are nominated, you will be invited to apply for the visa.

The Extended Stay Pathway

If you are applying via the extended stay pathway, apply for the visa if you meet the eligibility criteria.

The Subsequent entry pathway

If you are applying via the subsequent entry pathway, apply for the visa if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Processing time

Stream75 per cent of applications processed90 per cent of applications processed
Skilled RegionalUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
State/Territory Nominated visa 5 Months 8 Months

Last updated 16 November 2017 (for month ending 31 October 2017)

Processing times vary.

For more information read Global visa and citizenship processing times.

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:

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.

Subsequent entry pathway

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

Eligbility for the visa - all pathways

Location

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when a decision is made.

Health

You must meet our health requirement.

Character

You must meet our character requirement.

Debts

You must have repaid, or have arranged to repay, any outstanding debts to the Australian government.

Cancelled visas

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia.

Additional eligibility - extended stay pathway

Currently hold a relevant visa

You must currently hold one of the following provisional visas and complied with all conditions of that visa for at least two years:

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

Additional eligibility - invited pathway

Be nominated or sponsored

You must be either:

  • nominated by an Australian state or territory to live and work in that state or territory
  • Sponsored by a relative.

You can choose the states and territories you are interested in when you complete your EOI.

Occupation

If you are sponsored by a relative or nominated by an Australian state or territory,  your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.

You must have a skills assessment that shows you have the skills and qualifications to work in that occupation.

Points score

You must be able to meet the points score on your invitation letter. This score will be 60 or more.

Check how many points you might get.

Age

You must be under 45 if and when you are invited to apply for the visa.

Additional eligibility - subsequent entry pathway

English

There is no English language skill requirement for subsequent entrants, however, if you are 18 years old or older and do not have Functional English, you will need to pay an additional fee, called a second instalment.

Tests proving Functional English must be completed no more than 12 months before applying for the visa or can be completed while your application is processed.

The visa

What you can do

This visa lets you and your family:

  • stay in Australia for up to 4 years
  • live, work and study in a specified region of Australia
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid.
  • apply for permanent residency, if eligible, through the Skilled-Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887).
New Zealand passport holders

New Zealand passport holders should tell the immigration officer at the border that they have a skilled visa. If you do not tell them, you might be granted a Special Category visa (subclass 444).

Cost

Extended stay pathway - from AUD 325

Invited pathway - from AUD 3670

Subsequent entrants pathway:

  • from AUD 325 if your family member was an extended pathway applicant
  • from AUD 3670 if your family member was an invited pathway applicant.

You might have to pay additional costs.

Use the Visa pricing estimator to estimate the cost of your application.

Visa pricing estimator

Note: The estimator does not calculate the second instalment or other costs.

Location

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when a decision is made.

How long the visa lasts

Extending your stay

You cannot extend or re-apply for this visa. If you want to stay in Australia permanently, you might be eligible for a Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887).

Family

You can include your partner and your or your partner’s child or step-child in your application.

Family members who are granted the visa have the same rights and can do the same things as you.

Your obligations

You and your family members must comply with Australian laws and your visa conditions.

You can find your visa conditions in VEVO.

Information for extended stay pathway applicants.

Information for nominated applicants.

Information for sponsored applicants.

Expressions of Interest - invited pathway only

What they are

Expressions of interest (EOI) let us know you want this visa and provide us with information about you that helps us decide whether to invite you to apply for the visa.

    In your expression of interest you can either:
  • indicate the states and territories that you are interested in
  • let us know you have a sponsor.

You must submit an EOI if you want this visa.

EOIs are completed online via SkillSelect.

Information about completing EOIs is at Step 1 in the Steps to Apply tab.

How long they last

EOIs are kept for two years.

Who can submit one

Everyone who wants to be invited to apply for this visa through the invited pathway must submit an EOI.

You must be under 45 years of age to submit an EOI.

If you turn 45 after you submit your EOI, you will not receive an invitation to apply for the visa.

If you turn 45 after you receive an invitation, you can still apply for the visa.

Cost

There is no cost to submit an EOI.

 

 Location

You can be in or outside Australia when you submit your EOI.

 

Make changes to your EOI

You can make changes to your EOI before you are invited to apply for the visa.

 

State and territory requirements

If you want to be nominated by an Australian state or territory, note that each State and Territory. has its own list of occupations, requirements and processes you must follow.

State and Territory government requirements.

More information

More information about EOIs, is available.

Points - invited pathway only

The points table

Use the points table to calculate your test score.

Points information

Assessing authorities

Use the assessing authority listed against your nominated occupation in the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.

Update your information

You can make changes to your EOI before you are invited to apply for the visa.

Sponsors – invited pathway only

Eligibility

Your sponsor must:

Cost

AUD Nil

How long the sponsorship lasts

Sponsorship lasts until the visa ends.

Sponsor obligations

Your sponsor must agree to support you and your family members and help them settle into Australia.

Follow these steps

  1. Before you apply

    Invited pathway

    Extended stay pathway

    • Organise health checks
      • We prefer that you and your family members have health checks before you apply for the visa.

    Subsequent entry pathway

    Go straight to Step 2 - Gather documents.

  2. Gather documents

    Invited pathway

    Extended stay pathway

    Subsequent entry pathway

  3. Apply

    The invited pathway

    You have 60 days from the date of your invitation to apply for the visa.

    You can:

    • only apply for this visa online
    • be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa.

    You must have a valid passport.

    Before you start your application, learn:

    Start your application

    Log into your SkillSelect account.

    Log into SkillSelect

    When you are in your SkillSelect account, click the “Apply Visa” button. This will take you to our online application system – ImmiAccount.

    Log into your ImmiAccount or create an ImmiAccount if you do not have one.

    Create an ImmiAccount

    Note: Your ImmiAccount will have a different username and password to your EOI.

    The visa application form will be available when you are in your ImmiAccount.

    The extended stay pathway

    You can:

    • only apply for this visa online
    • be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa.

    Before you start your application, learn:

    Start your application

    If you don’t have an ImmiAccount, you need to create one.

    Create an ImmiAccount

    If you have an ImmiAccount, log in to start your application.

    Log into ImmiAccount

    When you are in ImmiAccount, select New application and then select Skilled Migration, then Provisional Skilled Regional Visa (Renewal) (489).

    The subsequent entrant pathway

    You can:

    • only apply for this visa online
    • be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa.

    You must have a valid passport

    Before you start your application, learn:

    Start your application

    If you don’t have an ImmiAccount, you need to create one.

    Create an ImmiAccount

    If you have an ImmiAccount, log in to start your application.

    Log into ImmiAccount

    When you are in ImmiAccount, select New application and then select Skilled Migration, then Provisional Skilled Regional Visa (Subsequent Entrant) (489).

  4. After you apply

    Current Australian visa expires

    If you applied in Australia

    If you applied in Australia, you were granted a bridging visa when you lodged your application. The bridging visa will come into effect only if your current visa expires. A bridging visa lets you stay in Australia while your subclass 489 visa application is being processed.

    If you held a Bridging visa A (BVA) or Bridging visa B (BVB) when you lodged your application, you were granted a Bridging visa C (BVC).

    If you held a visa that was not a bridging visa when you lodged your application, you were granted a Bridging visa A (BVA).

    Learn about travel outside Australia as a holder of a bridging visa.

    More information is available about bridging visas.

    If you applied outside Australia

    If you held an Australian visa at the time you lodged your visa application, you must apply for and be granted another visa to enter Australia.

    When in Australia, you can apply for a Bridging visa A (BVA). The bridging visa will come into effect if the visa you entered Australia on expires. A BVA lets you stay in Australia while your subclass 489 visa application is being processed.

    More information is available about bridging visas.

    Travel

    If you applied in Australia

    You do not have to tell us if you want to travel outside Australia while your visa is being processed. This is because you do not have to be in Australia when the visa is decided.

    Bridging visa holders

    Only holders of a Bridging visa B (BVB) can return to Australia if they leave.

    Holders of a Bridging visa A should apply for and be granted a BVB before they depart Australia. You cannot apply for a BVB outside Australia.

    Holders of a Bridging visa C are not eligible for a BVB.

    If you applied outside Australia

    Do not make arrangements to travel to Australia, leave your job or sell your home until we advise you in writing that you have been granted the visa.

    Provide biometrics

    You might need to provide biometrics (fingerprints and photo). We will let you know if you need to provide them.

    Health checks

    If you are an extended pathway applicant, have health checks only if we tell you to.

    If you are an invited pathway or subsequent entrant applicant and you did not have health checks before you applied, have them as soon as possible. Delaying health checks may cause processing delays.

    More information is available about our health requirement.

    Send more information or documents

    If you did not include all relevant documents when you applied, attach them to your ImmiAccount as soon as you can.

    If we request documents, you will usually have 28 days to provide them. Generally, we will not continue to process your application or respond to email enquiries during this 28 day period.

    Pay the second instalment if applicable

    If you need to pay the second instalment, we will send you an invoice for the instalment after you have met all other requirements for the visa.

    Please do not request the invoice.

    Add family members

    You can add a partner or dependent child to your application any time before we make a decision on your visa. Attach evidence of your relationship and the family member’s passport to your ImmiAccount.

    You will also need to complete and send Form 1436 - Adding an additional applicant after lodgement (364 KB PDF).

    Newborn children

    If your child is born after you lodge your application but before a decision is made, attach to your ImmiAccount:

    • a completed Form 1022 - Notification of changes in circumstances (266 KB PDF)
    • the child’s birth certificate
    • the child’s passport, when obtained.

    When we receive the form and birth certificate:

    • the child will be added to your visa application
    • we will request a health check for the child
    • if the child was born in Australia, they will automatically be granted the same visa you held at the time of their birth.

    If you are eligible for grant of the visa, we will need a copy of your child’s passport before decision.

    There is no fee to add a newborn child to your application.

    Tell us of changes

    You need to tell us of changes if:

    • there are any changes to your circumstances, for example, change of address, telephone number or birth of a child
    • you made a mistake on your application
    • you need to provide more information
    • you want to withdraw your application.

    More information is available in the Tell Us of Changes tab.

Tell us of changes

Changes to your EOI

If you submitted an EOI, you can make changes to it at any time before you are invited to apply for the visa.

Changes to your circumstances

Tell us if there are changes to your circumstances after you lodge your application but before a decision is made.

You can update your contact details and passport number via your ImmiAccount.

Mistakes on your visa application

Tell us if there are any mistakes in your application.

Complete Form 1023 - Notification of incorrect answer(s) (99KB PDF).

Send more information

If you did not send all documents with your application, send them via your ImmiAccount as soon as you can.

We might also ask you to provide more information.

Withdraw your visa application

You can withdraw your visa application at any time before we make a decision.

Complete Form 1446 - Withdrawal of a visa application (375KB PDF).

Removing your application from ImmiAccount does not withdraw it.

Estimate the cost of your visa

* Price will be displayed in Australian dollars unless changed.
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