From 16th November 2019, the Skilled Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 489) has been abolished and replaced by the new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491).
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The Skilled Regional Provisional visa (subclass 489) is a temporary visa for people, who have the skills, capabilities and experience that are highly demanded in regional or low-population growth metropolitan areas of Australia.
The visa is divided into three categories
The applicant can be in or outside of Australia when lodging an application for this visa under any of the above categories.
Being a skilled regional (provisional) visa holder, you can
**NOTE: New Zealand passport holders must inform the immigration officer of holding a skilled visa, otherwise you might be granted a Special Category visa (subclass 444).
You must currently hold and never held more than one of the following visas
For Extended Stay Pathway
If nominated by a state or territory for the current skilled visa, you must be living and working in a regional or low-population growth metropolitan area of the same state or territory.
**The Extended Stay Pathway allows to work in any occupation and for any employer. If you have been sponsored by the relative on current skilled visa, you can live and work in any designated area of state or territory.
For Invited Pathway
It is an online form completed via SkillSelect which includes a series of questions about your skills that helps immigration department decides whether you should be invited to apply for this visa or not. You must clearly specify the states or territories you are interested in or show that you have a sponsor. Such forms are valid for two years only. You can be in or outside of Australia to submit an EOI and make changes in it before receiving an invitation in certain circumstances.
The Sponsors must
Be at least 18 years old or more
For Subsequent Entry Pathway
You must be family member of someone who currently holds any of the following visas
You must have evidence of functional English if you are 18 years old or more with 12 months validity. If you fail to provide this evidence, you will need to pay an additional fee, which is called a second instalment.
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Visit https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/skilled-regional-provisional-489 to know the validity period of Extended Pathway, Invited Pathway and Subsequent Pathway.
You cannot extend or re-apply this visa. If you want to stay in Australia permanently, you can apply for a Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887).
You can include following members in the visa application
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is only for general understanding and does not constitute legal advice. We recommend consult a Registered Migration agent for further information or check with Department of Immigration and border Protection at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/skilled-regional-provisional-489
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