The Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489) allows the worker the chance to live and work in a remote area of Australia for a period of up to four years. If you are not eligible for Skilled Permanent Residence in the first instances, the skilled Regional visa can provide a pathway to permanent residency.

Before you can commence the process of applying for a 489 visa to migrate to Australia, an Australian State or Territory must nominate you to work in remote and/or rural areas of Australia.

The main criteria as stated by the Australian Immigration Department is;

  • Nominated by an Australian State or Territory Government agency, or
  • Sponsorship from an eligible relative living in Regional Australia
  • Your occupation must be on the current skilled occupation list
  • You have already obtained a skills assessment
  • You must be under the age of 50 years’ old
  • Competent in English

An offer of employment must be provided along with your application and you must commit to at least two years’ work in that specific location to be deemed suitable for the 489 Visa.

When you Migrate to Australia you will also need to show Australian Immigration that you can support yourself and your dependents until the role commences.

Ready Migration is an international migration company; our Australian offices are Gold Coast based. However, you may contact one of our International offices if you would prefer to discuss your options over the telephone.

No matter what your circumstances we can assess your eligibility for migration to Australia whether it be for a temporary or permanent stay. If you would like expert and affordable advice tailored to your individual circumstances, simply complete a No obligation Free Visa Assessment. One of our experienced, registered migration agents will be in touch with you to advise you of your options.


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