491 Visa

491 Visa

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491 Visa

The new 491 visa will enable eligible skilled workers and their families to live, work and study in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years. Visa holders will be eligible to apply for a Permanent Residence visa after three years.

Applicant and position criteria:

Must meet health, character, and security requirements.
No familial relationship with directors/shareholders.
Qualifications must be commensurate with the highly skilled role.
At least 3 years work experience directly relevant to position.
Capacity to pass on skills/develop Australians.


Features:
Access up to 5 positions per year, Flexibility in certain visa criteria, including access to 4-year TSS visas. Transitional pathway to permanent residence after 3 years, including age cap concessions. Simpler agreement applications and faster processing of agreements. If the position ceases the visa holder will have 60 days to find a new sponsor and a new visa or depart Australia.