Individuals and Travellers

Skilled — Designated Area Sponsored visa (subclass 496)

​This visa is closed to new applications.​

Features

​This visa lets you:

  • live, work and study in Australia
  • become eligible to apply for permanent residence.

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • are under 45 years of age
  • have good English skills
  • have recent skilled work experience
  • sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia
  • have skills and qualifications assessed by a relevant assessing authority as suitable for an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List.

About this visa

The Skilled — Designated Area Sponsored visa (subclass 496) closed to new applications on 1 September 2007. You might be able to get the Skilled — Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).

Members of your family unit might be able to get the Skilled — Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) if you already hold this visa and they want to join you in Australia

Cost

 

The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.

Other costs

 

You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.

Visa applicants

The Skilled — Designated Area Sponsored visa ​(subclass 496) closed to new applications on 1 September 2007.

Contact information

 

​If information needs to be updated, contact the Adelaide General Skilled Migration (GSM) processing centre.​​

Visa holders

Workers in Australia – including visa holders with permission to work – have rights under Australian workplace law.

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) provides information on pay rates, shift calculations, leave arrangements and notice and redundancy entitlements.

See also: Workplace rights for all visa holders working in Australia

This information is for people who have already been granted a Skilled — Designated Area Sponsored visa (subclass 496). It explains your rights and obligations.

 

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

How long your visa lasts

This visa is valid for four years after you first enter Australia.

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you and your dependent family members who also hold a subclass 496 visa to:

  • live, work and study in Australia
  • become eligible to apply for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia any number of times as long as the visa is valid.

You cannot access Medicare, family assistance or social security benefits.

Your obligations

 

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

Report changes in circumstances

 

You must tell us if your circumstances change.  This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

Please report changes in your circumstances via ImmiAccount.  If you are not able to use ImmiAccount, you can use the following forms:

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.
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