The Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 visa is a 4-year provisional visa which requires holders to live and work in a regional area to obtain permanent residence. To qualify, you would need be sponsored by either a relative living in a designated area or a State or Territory Government. The skilled migration program is for applicants who are not sponsored by an employer and who have skills in particular occupations sought after in Australia. This is a good visa option if you cannot meet the pass mark in the skilled migration points test – currently 65 as this option gives you extra 10 points for your points assessment. If you hold Subclass 489 visa and meet the residence in a regional area and work experience requirements, you will be eligible to advance to apply for Skilled Regional Subclass 887 visa
which is a permanent visa. To be eligible for the subclass 489 visa, you must be over 18 and under 45 years of age, have good English language ability and recent skilled work experience or a recently completed eligible Australian qualification (university degree or trade qualification). This visa class uses a skilled points test to identify visa applicants with necessary characteristics needed in the Australian labour market. This visa allows you and any secondary applicants (family members migrating with you) included in your visa application to live as temporary residents in Australia for the period of 4 years.
With this visa, you and your family members can:
- stay in Australia for up to 4 years from the date the visa is granted
- live, work and study in designated areas or specified regions of Australia in line with
your visa conditions
- 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)
- work in any occupation and for any employer in line with the work and residence
conditions attached to your visa.