Audio Podcast about Subclass 491 – Skilled Regional Visa | Benefits, PR & More

 

There’re a lot of questions regarding the Australian Regional Visa (subclass 491).
 
Today I'll tell you what you can gain by holding 491, what are the benefits of it, and what are the things that are associated with it.
 
I'll talk about its step-by-step guide that what you need to apply for it.
 
So, watch this video till the end to complete your guide and find out how to apply for it.
 
My name is Nasir Nawaz and I'm a registered migration agent in Australia.
 
Today I’m talking about subclass 491. It recently has become very popular. It came into effect on November 16, 2019. It replaced 489.
 
We’ve already made videos about their differences. Today I’ll discuss its step-by-step guide. It has an overview which I’ll be talking about.
 
So first of all, if you hold this visa, it’s granted for 5 years. During 5 years, you’ve to live in regional Australia for 3 years. You must earn 53,900 in a fiscal year or within a year within those 3 years.
 
After 3 years, you can apply for subclass 191 and this is your PR pathway. This visa is temporary by nature. It’s a provisional visa but it leads you to PR.
 
Its processing time keeps changing usually. Now, however, the processing time has begun to decrease.
 
But it can take 8 to 10 months or even more. Offshore applications may take even longer but it seems like it’ll take less time to process in the future.
 
To be eligible, you must receive the invitation. What do you need to get the invitation?
 
So what happens, you’ve to provide your Expression of Interest (EOI) and then you get the invitation. Each state has different requirements. Every state publishes its requirements frequently every year to determine which requirements and occupation list fall under 491.
 
First of all, it’s very important that you receive the invitation. If you get the pre-invite, you apply for pre-invitation, you receive the final invitation and then you apply for it.
 
For the invitation, the state nominates you. So, it’s very important to be nominated by a state.
 
If you’ve submitted your Expression of Interest (EOI), it doesn’t mean that you applied for a 491 visa.
 
You just gave your expression that I’m also interested in this visa. State reviews whether you meet its requirements or not. So the state nominates you as well as grants you 15 points.
 
For primary applicants, the age should be under 45 years.
 
If your age is above 45 years, you can’t apply for this visa.
 
At the time of invitation, your age should be under 45 years.
 
You must have a suitable skills assessment.
 
Keep it in your mind that, for 491, 190, 189 and many other subclasses, if you want to apply for General Skilled Migration, you must have a skills assessment.
You must have a full skills assessment rather than a provisional skills assessment.
 
You must score 65 points. It means that if you want to apply, you'll have 50 points and 15 points from the state will add up to 65 points.
 
The minimum points requirement is 65 so you must have 65 points when you apply for the visa and even when you submit your Expression of Interest (EOI). Regarding English proficiency, you must have at least competent English.
 
For eligibility, you get 0 points. As competent means that 6 each in IELTS or 50 in each component in PTE.
 
So this is the minimum requirement and 0 points are granted. But if you have more points such as 7 in each which is known as proficient English, so you’ll get 10 points.
 
If you have 8 in each which is called superior English, so you’ll get 20 points.
 
Regarding the health requirement, it also applies to this visa. Many Australian visas have health requirements as well which include medical checkups.
 
From Student Visa to almost every visa, you have to meet the health requirements. But if you don’t meet the health requirements, your visa can be refused.
So, it’s very important to fulfill the health requirements.
 
Regarding the character requirements, you have to meet them as well. If there’s an offender or a crime that Australia has declared, so the visa might be refused.
 
You have to sign the Australian Values Statement. That means if you come to Australia, you’ll comply with the Australian laws and meet the requirements of this statement.
 
So let me explain you to step by step what it includes.
 
What does step-by-step means? For example, whether you’ve studied or not, I’ll tell you simply that you need a skills assessment.
 
For a skills assessment, there’re different bodies and you need a full skills assessment.
 
You’ve got your age points, study points, and English points. If you’ve done NAATI or Professional Year Program, your work experience, points from your partner or points for being single, so in this way you get all the points.
 
Now what’s the outcome? You have submitted your Expression of Interest (EOI), but you must check, for which state it was submitted.
 
So there could be different requirements for different states.
 
Some states will only let you stay for 12 months, some will let you stay for 3 months, and some will require you to work in a relevant occupation.
But what to do if you’re offshore?
 
There’re different requirements for offshore as well. Some states require that you must have worked for some years and that should be assessed then they’ll consider you.
 
So you’re done with the Expression of Interest.
 
After submitting your Expression of Interest, you wait for the pre-invitation from the state. Generally speaking, states send you a pre-invitation and you provide the documents for your claims.
 
The state reviews your documents to make sure they are authentic and not expired or forged, so it gives you a final invitation.
 
You apply for the visa after the final invitation. It’s submitted to the Department of Home Affairs where a case officer assesses your application.
 
Your documents get checked in the first stage and will be checked in this stage as well. However, they’ll be checked more extensively in this stage.
 
As it’s federal and they’ll check the integrity of documents to see if they aren’t forged and authentic.
 
So they grant you the visa after assessing you.
 
And if they’re doubtful or need additional information so they can ask for more information under Section 56. If they’re doubtful or if there’s any discrepancy, so they can send you a Letter of Natural Justice under Section 57.
 
So these are a few details and general information about subclass 491. States have different requirements.
 
These are general requirements by Australia. States will keep sending in requirements, and we will discuss them as they come in.
 
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Audio Podcast about Subclass 491

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