The Skilled Regional Provisional visa (subclass 489)
The Skilled Regional Provisional visa (subclass 489) was a temporary visa that allowed skilled workers to live and work in regional Australia. It was closed to new applications on 16 November 2019 and has been replaced by the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).
The subclass 489 visa had the following benefits:
- It allowed you to stay in Australia for 4 years.
- You could live, work and study in a specified region of Australia.
- You could travel to and from Australia as many times as you wanted, while the visa was valid.
- You could apply for permanent residence, if eligible, through the Skilled—Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887).
To be eligible for the subclass 489 visa, you needed to meet the following requirements:
- You had to be a skilled worker in a nominated occupation.
- You had to have an offer of full-time employment in a regional area of Australia.
- You had to have a valid English language test score.
- You had to meet the health and character requirements.
If you were sponsored by a relative living in a designated area, you also needed to meet the following requirements:
- Your relative had to be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand Citizen.
- Your relative had to live in a designated area of Australia.
- Your relative had to have a genuine link to the designated area.
The subclass 489 visa was a popular visa for skilled workers who wanted to live and work in regional Australia. It offered a number of benefits, including the ability to stay in Australia for 4 years, live and work in a regional area, and travel to and from Australia as many times as you wanted. However, the visa is no longer available for new applications. If you are interested in living and working in regional Australia, you may want to consider applying for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).