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State nomination requirements for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 visa

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is a provisional visa for skilled workers which allows you to live and work in a designated regional area of Australia for up to 5 years.

State/Territory nomination for this visa provides you with 15 additional points to help you meet the Department of Home Affairs points test pass mark of 65 points.

You may be able to apply for permanent residency through the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa after you have lived in Tasmania for at least three years and earned a minimum taxable income that meets the minimum threshold (currently set at $53,900.00 AUD) determined by the Department of Immigration for at least 3 years.

NSW 491 nomination criteria

NSW has yet to open their nominations for 491 Visa.  Below is the information from each Regional Development Authorities:

Central West

Registrations will open in early 2020.

Mid North Coast

The regional development authority cannot provide an exact date when nominations will open until full details of the subclass 491 visa program and authorisation from the NSW State Government are received. The website and skills in demand list will be updated when nominations are open.

Murray

Registrations are not yet open.

Northern Inland

The regional development authority cannot provide an exact date for the start of the 491 visa program because it has not received its official instruction from the NSW government.

Northern River

The authority is currently awaiting advice from the NSW Government about when it will open for nominations under the Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional) visa.

Orana

Registrations are not yet open.

Riverina

The authority cannot provide an exact date when nominations will be open until full details of the Subclass 491 program and authorisation from the NSW State Government is received.

South Inland

Due to IT updates and changes, RDA Southern Inland are scheduled to open applications for the Subclass 494 Visa, on the the 28th of November 2019. However the authority has not scheduled a date to open applications for the 491 Visa Program as of yet.

ACT 491 nomination criteria

Visa applicants can apply for ACT nomination from 1 January 2020.

The eligibility criteria for  nomination in 2020 will be published on or before 28 November 2019.

QLD 491 nomination criteria

To be eligible for Queensland nomination, you must meet both the criteria and Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) criteria for your chosen visa category.

Business and Skilled Migration (BSMQ) requires you to:

  • have a points test result of 65 or higher, inclusive of state nomination points
  • have a positive skills assessment in your nominated occupation
  • be under 45 years of age
  • meet the minimum English language requirement of COMPETENT, unless a higher level is required by your assessing authority
  • submit additional documents if invited to lodge an application for a      subclass 491 visa.

BSMQ criteria requires you to:

  • have an occupation on the QSOL ‘Working in Queensland’ list
  • provide evidence of full-time post-qualification employment (minimum of 35 hours per week) in your nominated occupation for the past 6 months in Queensland (190 visa) IMMEDIATELY prior to EOI submission. If you are lodging an EOI for a 491 visa you must be LIVING and WORKING (full-time post qualification, minimum 35 hours per week) in REGIONAL Queensland in your nominated occupation for the past 3 months IMMEDIATELY prior to EOI submission.
  • provide evidence of ongoing employment with a Queensland employer registered in Australia for a further 12 months (minimum of 35 hours per week). For the 491 it must be a ongoing employment in a REGIONAL area for a further 12 months (minimum 35 hours per week).
  • commit to living and working in Queensland for 2 years from visa grant.

NT 491 nomination criteria

Applications for Northern Territory Government nomination under the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa subclass 491 open on Monday 9 December 2019.

TAS 491 nomination criteria

Category 1 – Tasmanian graduate

To be considered for this category, you must meet all of the following criteria.

  • you must have completed and graduated from a CRICOS registered tertiary institution in Tasmania. The course undertaken:
    • must be a degree (bachelor or any higher degree), a diploma (including advanced, associate or graduate) or a trade qualification (minimum Cert III level for a skilled occupation in Major Group 3 in ANZSCO)
    • must have a minimum duration of one academic year (40 weeks)
    • must be full time and on site in Tasmania
  • you have lived in the state for at least 1 year during your period of study
  • you and your dependents are currently living in Tasmania and can provide evidence of your ongoing genuine commitment.

OR

Category 2 – Working in Tasmania

To be considered for this category, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • you must have been working in Tasmania for six months immediately prior to your application for state nomination. You do not have to be working in your nominated occupation. Your employment needs to:
    • be at least 35 hours per week in one full-time job or in two or more part-time jobs and you are able to provide evidence of your employment claims (see Document Checklist – Employment for more details)
    • fill a genuine, ongoing skill shortage in Tasmania
  • you and your dependents must currently be living in Tasmania and can provide evidence of genuine commitment to continue to live in Tasmania (please refer to disclaimer at the bottom of this page for indicators as to how to meet this requirement)
  • your employer must have a well-established business that has been actively operating in Tasmania for the past 12 months
  • there must be a genuine need for your position within the business.

Category 3A – Overseas applicant (TSOL)

*If you are looking for employment opportunities in Tasmania, please refer to the comprehensive resources for on the Make It Tasmania website.

To be considered for this category, you must be living overseas and meet all of the following criteria:

  • your nominated occupation must be listed on the Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List (TSOL)
  • you, or any of your dependants have not lived in another Australian state or territory within the last twelve months
  • you have achieved the English requirement specified in the TSOL for your nominated occupation in a recognised English language test or hold a passport of the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada or New Zealand
  • you meet the requirements specified in the TSOL for your nominated occupation
  • you have researched the Tasmanian labour market and, unless your occupation is listed as “High Demand” in the TSOL, provide evidence that there are sufficient employment opportunities (at least five and not more than eight opportunities) in your nominated occupation in Tasmania and that you have:
    • skills and recent experience relevant to the researched employment opportunities
    • skills and experience relevant to the Tasmanian economy (see Document Checklist – Employability for more guidance),
  • if your occupation is listed as “High Demand” and you meet the specified requirements, employability evidence is not required
  • you have access to sufficient financial assets to fund your migration and settlement in Tasmania for at least 6 months while you seek employment.

Category 3B – Overseas applicant (Job offer)

To be considered for this category, you must be living overseas and meet all of the following criteria.

  • have received a formal job offer for a job that is based in Tasmania that is in your nominated occupation
  • you, or any of your dependents have not have lived in another Australian state or territory within the last 12 months
  • your employer must have a well-established business that has been actively operating in Tasmania for the past 12 months
  • there needs to be a genuine need for your position within the business. This may be satisfied if there is:
    • an existing, current and genuine need for your position within the business
    • an ongoing need for your position and the capacity for the business to sustain the nominated position

Category 4 – Family in Tasmania

To be considered for this category you must have an immediate family member who meets all of the following criteria:

  • has been an Australian Permanent Resident or an Australian Citizen for a minimum of 12 months prior to the lodgement of your application
  • is currently residing in Tasmania and has been for a minimum of 12 months
  • is a parent, brother, sister, child, aunt, uncle, or grandparent
  • agrees to support and assist you in the process of gaining employment in Tasmania upon your arrival in Tasmania

Category 5 – Small Business Owner

To be considered for this category, you must be living in Tasmania at the time of lodgement of your application and meet the following criteria:

  • demonstrate that your business has been established and operating in Tasmania for at least 6 months
  • demonstrate that the business is highly likely able to give you a personal income that would meet the minimum taxable income requirement set by Home Affairs for the subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa. Currently, that is AU$53,900 per year for at least 3 years in the next 5 years.

All applicants must provide a comprehensive business plan with:

  • evidence of thorough research into, and understanding of, the target market
  • research and understanding of relevant industry conditions, licensing and/or registration requirements for the business in Tasmania
  • realistic market opportunities for the proposed business in Tasmania, particularly where the business would be competing with other similar existing businesses already established in Tasmania.

Additional considerations include the applicant’s prior business ownership or business management experience and also the nature of the business and its long-term benefit to Tasmania.

SA 491 nomination criteria

Skilled workers and international graduates of South Australia seeking nomination must meet both state nomination and Department of Home Affairs requirements.

State nomination requirements include:

  1. Commitment to South Australia – You need to commit to living and working in South Australia for two years from when you arrive, with a view to long-term settlement
  2. Age – under 45 years at the time of nomination
  3. Occupation – this must be listed on the State Nominated Occupation List as available.  Access to a supplementary occupation list and ‘special conditions apply’ occupations are available in some circumstances.
  4. Skills Assessment – a positive General Skilled Migration skills assessment from the relevant authority
  5. Work experience – at least one year of skilled work experience in the last three years. Some occupations have a higher work experience requirement. If you are an international graduate of South Australia, you may be able to access a work experience waiver
  6. English – ability to meet Immigration SA’s minimum English language requirement for your occupation.  If you are a passport holder or citizen of the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand, you don’t need to provide an English test result
  7. Financial capacity – sufficient funds to settle in South Australia
  8. SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI) – you need to have an EOI which meets the Department of Home Affairs criteria and Immigration SA nomination requirements.