Skilled Regional Visa

Skilled Regional (Subclass 489) Visa

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 visa is a 4-year provisional visa which requires holders to live and work in a regional area to obtain permanent residence. To qualify, you would need be sponsored by either a relative living in a designated area or a State or Territory Government.

The Criteria

In order to qualify for a Subclass 190 visa, you would need to:

  • Hold a suitable Skills Assessment in an occupation on the relevant Skilled Occupations List
  • Lodge an EOI and be invited to apply
  • Be sponsored by a relative living in a Designated Area or nominated by a State or Territory Government.
  • Meet the pass mark in the skilled migration points test- currently 60 is the passing mark. State or Relative sponsorship gives you additional 10 points.
  • Be aged between 18 and 49 inclusive
  • Have at least competent English
  • Meet health and character requirement
  • Family members included such as partner, children and other dependant family members must meet English, health and character requirements.
  • Sponsorship by a Relative Living in a Designated Area

You can apply for a Subclass 489 visa if you are sponsored by a relative living in a Designated Area. The relative must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand Citizen. The following relatives can sponsor for the Subclass 489 visa: Parents, Siblings, Uncles and Aunts, Nephews and Nieces, first cousins and Grandparents.

What does this visa let me do?

This visa is provides temporary residence for 4 years. Whilst in Australia you and your included family members can only live, work and study in an approved regional/designated area. The approved regional areas vary depending on whether you are sponsored by a relative or by a State or Territory Government:

This visa provides a pathway to permanent residence through the Skilled-Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887). This permanent residency visa is specifically designed for people who held a Skilled Regional (Provisional visa) and who have lived and worked in specified areas of regional Australia.

Why Choose Seek Migration

Seek Migration specializes in Employer Sponsored visas, as it is the core of our practice. We have significant amount of experience in assisting employers and employees throughout the whole process of obtaining Permanent Residency.

Please contact us for more information.

Contact Us

Free Initial Online Assessment

Want to know if you are eligible to apply for Skilled Migration? Click on the link below to complete our online form or send in your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. Our team will conduct an assessment and provide you with a recommendation letter outlining the visa pathway, fees, our terms and processing times at no cost.

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