Skilled Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 489)

This visa is

  • For skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia
  • Applicant can bring his/her family
  • If he/she is granted this visa, he/she might be able to apply for the Skilled Regional (Permanent) visa (subclass 887)

Basic Eligibility

Invited Pathway

This is a temporary visa. It is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia.
Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) (invited pathway) is closed to new applications from 16 November 2019.

With this visa, you could

  • stay in Australia for 4 years
  • live, work and study in a specified region of Australia
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want, while the visa is valid
  • apply for permanent residence, if eligible, through the Skilled—Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887)

You must

  • be nominated to apply by a state or territory government agency, or an eligible relative must sponsor you
  • have an occupation on a relevant skilled occupation list
  • have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • be invited to apply
  • satisfy the points test

Extended Stay Pathway
This is a temporary visa. It is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia.

  • ​You need to live, work and study in specified regional areas of Australia
  • You must hold a subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 visas

With this visa, you can

  • stay in Australia for 4 years from the date we granted your subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 visas
  • live, work and study in specified regional areas of Australia
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want, while the visa is valid
  • apply for permanent residency, if eligible, through the Skilled—Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must hold a subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 visas (Extended Stay pathway)
  • There is no age limit for this visa
  • Meet health and character requirement
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

Subsequent Entry Pathway

This visa is for a member of the family unit of someone who holds a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) or a subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 visas.

  • ​​You need to live, work and study in specified regional areas of Australia
  • You must be a member of the family unit of someone who holds a 475, 487, 489, 495 or 496

With this visa, you can

  • stay in Australia while the visa is valid
  • live, work and study in a specified region of Australia
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want, while the visa is valid
  • apply for permanent residency, if eligible, through the Skilled—Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887)

Eligibility Criteria

  • There is no age limit for this visa
  • You must be one of the members of the family unit, of subclass 475,487,489,495 or 496 visa holder
  • Have the required level English language test score
  • Meet health and character requirement
  • Sign the Australian Value Statement
  • Have paid back the debt to the Australian Government
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused