The Skilled - Independent Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 495) closed to new applications on 1 September 2007. You might be able to get the
Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa.
Members of your family unit might be able to get the
Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa if you already hold this visa and they want to join you in Australia.
This information is for people who have already been granted a Skilled - Independent Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 495). 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 495 visa to:
- live, work and study in Australia
- become eligible to apply for permanent residence
- travel in and out of Australia any number of times as long as the visa is valid.
You cannot access Medicare, family assistance or social security benefits.
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.