Skilled Regional Visa for Australia (subclass 489)

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Nominated by a state or territory government

This pathway is a provisional General Skilled Migration visa which requires you to be nominated by a state or territory government and reside in a regional area of Australia for 2 years. Your nominated occupation can either be on the MLTSSL or STSOL. Applicants nominated by a state or territory government will usually be invited to apply if they have generated 65 points including 10 points for the nomination. Each state and territory publish a list of occupations in demand and nomination approval will generally be determined by factors such as the number of years work experience, specialised skills, employability, English language skills, relatives already residing in the state or territory and the financial capacity to settle in the state or territory. If you are interested in this type of visa, kindly let us know which State or Territory you would like to be considered for.

Sponsorship by a close relative

This pathway requires you to be sponsored by a close relative settled in a Designated area of Australia and is also a provisional General Skilled Migration visa. Your nominated occupation must be on the MLTSSL.

Points test

Most applicants will be able to claim points for their age, qualifications, skilled work experience, nomination/sponsorship and English language ability via a test for the components of reading, writing, listening and speaking. If applicable, additional points can be claimed for a partner who has received a positive skills assessment, a specialist education qualification awarded by an Australian education institution, completing a qualification in Australia for 2 academic years, studying in regional Australia, a community language (accredited at the para professional level or above for interpreting or translating by the NAATI) and a professional year in Australia in the 4 years before you apply with the Australian Computing Society, Engineers Australia or a recognised accounting body.

Pathway to permanent residence

A pathway to permanent residence (subclass 887) is available providing you have resided in the regional or designated area of Australia for a period of 2 years and worked full-time for 1 year.

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You must also be able to meet the following basic criteria:

  • Nominate an occupation that is either on the MLTSSL or the STSOL;
  • Obtain a suitable skills assessment in your nominated occupation;
  • Be under 45 years of age at the time of invitation;
  • Have at least competent English;
  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI);
  • Be invited through SkillSelect to apply for a Skilled Regional visa;
  • Satisfy health and character requirements.


Services that you will receive from AUSTRALIA MIGRATION MOVES CC

AUSTRALIA MIGRATION MOVES CC will take responsibility for the entire management of your application so as to ensure that your case runs as smoothly as possible. Our services include:

  • Advising whether you qualify for a visa and recommending the best pathway;
  • Identifying the correct ANZSCO occupation to nominate for skills assessment;
  • Completing your skills assessment form;
  • Advising what work experience can be claimed under the points test;
  • Outlining nomination criteria applied by the state and territory governments in Australia;
  • Lodging your EOI once your skills have been recognised for migration purposes;
  • Ensuring that the claims made in your EOI can be substantiated;
  • Completing and submitting your Australian visa application form;
  • Uploading all relevant documents to the online ImmiAccount;
  • Managing your application until your Australian Skilled Regional visa application is finalised.

Time taken for your visa to be granted

The processing timetable can be influenced by a number of factors such as the nominated occupation, sitting an English language test, applying for state or territory nomination or your points score. Generally, the overall timetable is between 9 – 12 months and in our experience the length of time is determined by the quality of documents presented throughout the entire process.

Free preliminary assessment

AUSTRALIA MIGRATION MOVES CC offers you a free preliminary assessment and will advise you whether you have a realistic chance of being granted a visa to reside permanently in Australia. In order to do this, kindly complete the free preliminary assessment Enquiry form below and submit your details to us.

SKYPE or telephonic consultations

If we have assessed that you have the potential to be granted a visa and you would like to find out more, the next step is to arrange a no-obligation consultation via SKYPE or by telephone at a mutually convenient time.


Make your free preliminary assessment Enquiry

  • Skilled Regional Visa Enquiry Form

    If you are considering applying for a Skilled Regional visa for Australia (subclass 489), please complete and submit the form below. The information you provide will be treated in confidence and will not be stored onto a data-base or distributed to third parties.