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Overview of Subclasses 491 & 494 - No. 1

Updated: Feb 4

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The Department of Home Affairs announced two (2) new provisional visas to be introduced on 16 November 2019 to assist regional parts of Australia:

  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (SWR) visa - Subclass 491

  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) (SESR) visa - Subclass 494

Definitions of 'Regional'

There are currently four (4) definitions of ‘regional’ across nine (9) different skilled migration visas. The varying definitions will be unified into one (1) which is to be introduced on 16 November 2019. The term, 'Regional', will encompass all of Australia except:

  • Brisbane and Gold Coast

  • Melbourne

  • Perth

  • Sydney


Employers in regional Australia, as well as State and Territory governments, who sponsor regional skilled migrants will have access to more occupations than the equivalent non-regional visas.

  • The new SESR visa will have 673 eligible occupations, which are over 450 more occupations than the Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) visa.

  • The new SWR visa will have 504 eligible occupations, which is 77 more occupations than the medium and long term strategic skills list applicable to the skilled migration visas.

Differences from the Fading Regional Visa Schemes

The current regional visas, which are to be repealed with introduction of these two (2) visas, confer permanent residency, whilst the new visas are merely 'provisional' to prospective permanent residency. The characteristics of the new regional visas can be summarised:

  • Applicants for the new SWR visa will have access to more points.

  • Priority processing.

  • Requires the holder and their families to live, work and study in a regional area for three (3) years.

  • Obligation to report any change of circumstances to the Department within 14 days.

  • May be required to attend an interview or provide supporting evidence to demonstrate that they are living and working in regional Australia.

  • Migrants are more likely to stay in a regional area longer-term.

These two (2) new regional visas will have common characteristics:

  • Primary visa applicant must be under 45 years of age.

  • Primary visa applicant must have Competent English language skills.

  • Australian Values Statement applies to all 16 years old and over.

  • Positive skills assessment at the time of application.

  • Five (5) year visa period when granted.

  • Required to declare that all applicants have a genuine intention to live, work and study in a designated regional area.

  • Fees - Primary applicant: $4,045; Additional applicant; $2,025 for over 18 years old; and $1,010 for under 18 years old.Extra Fees in second instalment if any additional adult applicant does not meet Functional English: $4890.

James Bae (james@visaplan.com.au - visaplan.com.au)

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