Skilled Work Regional Visa (subclass 491)-

Application are now open

RDA Sydney will at this stage be administering onshore applications only. 

Please note that RDA Sydney will communicate with applicants via email and messaging on our website.

 

We encourage those considering an application to view the FAQs and other links provided on this website. RDA Sydney will not respond to enquiries where the information is supplied on this page, in the FAQs and relevant links.

The only email address being monitored regarding migration enquiries is migration@rdasydney.org.au Please do not use alternate RDA Sydney email addresses as you will not receive a response.

RDA Sydney does not provide a pre-assessment service and it is up to the potential applicant to research and consider the 491 eligibility criteria or seek the advice of a migration agent which may incur a cost.

The RDA Sydney Designated Regional Area Postcodes fall within either the Hawkesbury or Blue Mountains Local Government Areas.

The RDA Sydney Subclass 491 Occupational List includes:

  • 233211 Civil Engineer

  • 233214 Structural Engineer

  • 233512 Mechanical Engineer

  • 254411 Nurse Practitioner and;

  • 254499 Registered Nurses nec.

 

The 491 Visa Allocation for the RDA Sydney Region is very limited and highly competitive.

 

RDA Sydney is not a Registered Certifying Body and does not deal with other visa inquiries.

Relevant Links:

https://www.nsw.gov.au/topics/visas-and-migration/skilled-visas/subclass-491  

https://www.business.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw/visas-and-immigration/skilled-visas/frequently-asked-questions

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/skilled-work-regional-provisional-491

 

2020-21 NSW Treasury Financial Year Update

Regional Development Australia (RDA) offices will begin assisting NSW Treasury manage the subclass 491 visa in early February 2021.

Each RDA office will accept and assess applications, and determine eligible occupations for their respective regions; however, nomination criteria is consistent across all regions. These criteria are outlined below.

Information about how to apply will be made available on RDA websites as soon as possible. Links to participating region websites can be found below.

RDA offices will focus on nominating applicants who are undertaking skilled work in critical sectors. These applicants are a priority for Government in supporting economic recovery following the impacts of COVID-19.

Nomination criteria

You must meet the all criteria in one of the following three streams to be eligible for NSW nomination:

  1. Living and working in regional NSW;

  2. recently completed study in regional NSW; or

  3. living and working outside of regional NSW.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria in one of these three streams may be refused unless otherwise agreed with NSW Treasury.

'Closely related occupations' are defined as those having the same ANZSCO unit group, i.e. sharing the same first four digits.

'Designated regional areas' are determined by Home Affairs. Please see their website for a list of regional NSW postcodes.

1. Living and working in regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this stream you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region's occupation list;

  • have been living in a designated regional area of NSW for at least the previous 12 months; and

  • have been working in your nominated occupation, or a closely related occupation, in a designated regional area of NSW, for at least the previous 12 months.

2. Recently completed study in regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this stream you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region's occupation list;

  • have completed study or education with an education provider, where:

    • the study was completed within the previous 24 months;

    • the education provider is located in a designated regional area in NSW;

    • the study meets the Australian study requirement (as determined by Home Affairs from time to time); and

    • the qualification obtained from this study has been assessed as closely related to your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority; and

  • have lived in a designated regional area of NSW while completing your study.

3. Living and working outside of regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this stream you must meet all the criteria for at least one of the following categories:

a.  Job offer in regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this category you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region's occupation list;

  • have an offer for ongoing employment that is:

    • in your nominated occupation, or a closely related occupation; and

    • for a minimum term of 12 months and 35 hours of work per week;

  • have an offer for ongoing employment from an employer that is:

    • located in a designated regional area in NSW; and

    • registered in Australia.

b. At least five years skilled employment experience (offshore Applicants)

If you reside outside of Australia, you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region's occupation list; and

  • have at least five years of skilled employment in such nominated occupation, or a closely related occupation.​

c. Family ties in regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this category you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region's occupation list; and

  • have an immediate family member in a designated regional area in NSW who satisfies all of the criteria below:​

    • is either your grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, brother or sister (including by virtue of a step or adoptive relationship);

    • at least 18 years of age;

    • either an Australian Permanent Resident, an Australian Citizen or a NSW nominated provisional visa holder (489);

    • currently residing in a designated regional area in NSW; and

    • has been residing in a designated regional area in NSW for at least the previous 24 months,

    • and you must ensure that your family member has completed a statutory declaration to confirm that they satisfy each of the above chain migration requirements.

Alternative migration options

NSW nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is just one of a number of visa options for prospective skilled migrants.

 

There are a range of visas offered by Home Affairs, including both temporary and permanent employer nominated visas.

You may also wish to seek advice from a registered migration agent.

 

A list of registered migration agents is available on the Migration Agents Registration Authority website.

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