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Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 Visa

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 sponsore

Benefits of Visa Subclass 489 for Australia immigration

The visa subclass 489 allows you and your family to:

  • Stay in Australia for up to four years.
  • Live, work and study in a specified regional area of Australia.
  • Travel in and out of Australia while the visa subclass 489 is valid.

The visa subclass 489 provides a pathway to permanent residence through the Skilled-Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887).

If you are invited to apply for 489 visas (in the Invited Pathway), you will have 60 days to do so. Invitations are based on claims you made in your expression of interest, so your application must be consistent with the information you provided in your expression of interest and it must be supported by evidence.

To become eligible to apply for this visa an applicant must:-

  • Have an experienced in any of the occupation listed in the consolidated skilled occupation list of Australia.
  • Score at least 60 points based on his/her age, Qualification, experience, English proficiency, other components if applicable
  • Get a state/territory sponsorship.
  • Be under 50 years of age.
  • Obtain a positive skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority
  • Have required level of English Proficiency from IELTS.
  • Experience as required by state/territory requirement
  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).
  • Apply State sponsorship application.
  • Meet the health and character requirements.
  • Live in sponsoring state or territory for 2years once visa is issued.

About the Visa

This visa allows skilled workers to live and work in regional or low-population growth metropolitan areas of Australia for up to four years.

There are three pathways to the visa:

The Extended stay pathway

The Extended Stay Pathway, Subclass 489 Visa
The apply through this pathway you must have held a provisional visa in subclass 496, 495, 487 or 475. If you have held more than one of these visas, you are not eligible to apply for the Subclass 489 visa.
To apply, you will first need to ensure that you meet all the requirements and then complete the Skilled Regional (Provisional) Renewal (subclass 489) visa application. The requirements for extended stay are:
  • Meet the health requirements
  • Meet the character requirements
  • Do not have any outstanding debts to the Australian government
  • Willing to sign the Australian Values Statement

All those candidates who currently hold one of the following provisional areas and complied with all conditions of visa for at least two years before applying this visa can apply for skilled regional (provisional) visa (Subclass 489) through the extended pathway:
  • Skilled-regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475)
  • Skilled-regional Sponsored visa (subclass 487)
  • Skilled-Independent Sponsored visa (subclass 487)
  • Skilled-designated area Sponsored provisional visa (Subclass 496)

Candidate should have never held more than one of the above-mentioned visas. A candidate can work in any occupation and for any employer.
If a candidate is nominated by a state or territory for his or her current skilled visa, then the candidate must live and work in same state or territory’s regional or low-population growth metropolitan area.

In order to become eligible for a visa through this pathway, a Candidate should have never held more than one of the below-mentioned visas:
  • Skilled-regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475)
  • Skilled-regional Sponsored visa (subclass 487)
  • Skilled-Independent Sponsored visa (subclass 487)
  • Skilled-designated area Sponsored provisional visa (Subclass 496)
  • Candidate’s age should be below 45 years.
  • Candidate must have competent English
  • Candidate should have a relevant occupation
  • Candidate should have a suitable skill assessment for the occupation

The Invited Pathway, Subclass 489 Visa
You will have 60 calendar days to apply for your 489 visa after being invited to lodge an application. Once received, the Department of Immigration will then commence processing your application. The average global processing time is 75% of applications in 8 months.
If you have not held a provisional visa before, you should apply for the 489 visa through the Invited Pathway. In order to receive an invitation to apply for this visa, you must be:
  • nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency, or
  • Sponsored by an eligible relative living in a Designated area of Australia.

Step 1: Check if your occupation is on the Skilled Occupation Lists
This visa is only available to people who can fill a position on this list.

Step 2: Ensure you meet all the eligibility requirements
You must meet the following requirements in order to apply:

Step 3: Complete a Skills Assessment
You must complete a Skills Assessment and obtain an acceptable score for your occupation in order to be eligible for the Subclass 489 visa. Instructions on how to get a proper Skills Assessment can be found on the DHA website.

Step 4: Submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect
Next, you will need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect. The SkillSelect program will ask you a number of questions related to your background, skills, and relevant work history. Your EOI will be seen by the Australian authorities who may be looking for someone of your skill-set to hire.
If you obtain a nomination or sponsor and your EOI meets the requirements of the visa, you be invited to apply for the 189 visa.

Step 5: Find a sponsor or obtain a government nomination
The Skilled Independent Work Visa (subclass 189) requires you to be sponsored by a family member or nominated by a state or territory government. Once you find a suitable sponsor, they will send you a letter of invitation to apply for the visa. You will have 60 day from the time you receive the invitation to lodge your application.

Step 6: Apply for the Skilled Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 489)
After you receive an invitation, you can lodge your application. You will have 60 days to do this. Your application will require that you submit several documents. To apply, you will follow the instructions on your letter of invitation.

Step 7: Wait for a decision
It can take several months for the DHA to make a decision on your visa application. In 2016, the processing time for the 489 visa was 3 months.

Step 8: Receive your visa and start working
Once your application is approved, you will receive your visa and can start work in Australia.

The average global processing time is currently 75% of applications processed in 6 months.
Please note that the above global processing times for all three pathways are subject to change as an assessment of eligibility occurs on a case-by-case basis and vary on the applicant’s circumstances.
It is understandable that there are some circumstances that will impact the processing time of your visa application, that may be out of your control. These include; the time for external agencies, namely health and police services, and the Government, to conduct checks and provide supporting information.
While the above circumstances are unavoidable, there are some factors which will ensure you a faster processing time. These include:
  • Lodging a complete application, attached with all of the necessary supporting documents.
  • Being prompt in responding to any additional information the Department requests.

This pathway is designed for individuals who belong to a family in which one of the members holds visa either under subclass 489 or any one of the subclass 475, 487, 497 or 496
  • In order to become eligible for this pathway, a family member of applicants must be a holder of below-mentioned visa:
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional (subclass 489) – this visa
    Skilled—Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475)
    Skilled—Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 487)
    Skilled—Independent Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 495)
    Skilled—Designated Area Sponsored visa (subclass 496).
  • As such there are no requirements for the English language. If an applicant is more than 18 years with no functional English, the applicant will have to pay an extra fee called as the second installment.

Processing time
The process time for applications can vary case to case and can also vary due to individual circumstances like:
  • whether the candidate has lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how promptly candidate respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • for permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration program
  • For citizenship applications, the time taken to attend a Citizenship Ceremony or receive a Citizenship Certificate.

  • A candidate who is a holder of this visa is free to live and work as a permanent resident. That means, this visa holder can choose the location of the workplace and is free to live anywhere in Australia.
  • A candidate with this visa can access the Medicare healthcare scheme
  • A candidate can get a basic and advanced education in Australia
  • Opportunity to apply for Citizenship. After spending a certain time in Australia, a candidate can apply for Citizenship
  • Candidates can travel to and from Australia as many times as he or she want during the time of visa validation
  • Candidate can live in Australia for up to 4 years.

This visa might lead to the permanent Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887).

How much 489 visa costs?

To be able to apply for a skilled immigration to Australia through subclass 190, a candidate needs to have:
  • Regional Sponsored (Subclass 489) visa- 3600$(Primary Applicant).
  • Dependent Applicant Fees 18 and over- 1800 $
  • Dependent Applicant Fees 18 and under- 900 $

Additional charges:

  • Medical Examination:- To be paid directly to the doctor conducting medical examination
  • Police check:- To the corresponding authorities in the respective countries where you have lived for more than 6/12 months based on your visa subclass
  • Certification/Translation of Docs-Depending on the certifying person and number of copies to be certified.

How Can My Speedyvisa help you?

My Speedyvisa can help you with:
  • Assessment of skills.
  • Getting a nomination from state or territory
  • Putting together the sponsorship from a relative,
  • Helping in lodging the visa applications within the deadlines.
  • We get you results that make you stress free.


Q)1. Is the 489 visa a temporary visa?
A). Yes the 489 visa is a temporary visa. The visa allows the holder to live and work in Australia for a specified period of time. However the applicant can seek to extend the visa after stipulated period is over and even apply for permanent residence afterwards. Reach out to our immigration consultants for more details about the same

Q)2. What is the eligibility for 489 visa?
A). The 489 visa is a state nominated visa and you must receive nomination from a state in order to apply for this visa. for a general list of conditions please refer to the article above. You can contact our immigration experts for any queries you may have

Q)3. How can I get a state to nominate me for 489 visa?
A). You will need to file an Expression of Interest with the state you prefer to settle in and wait for their response. If successful you will be issued an ITA or Invitation to Apply, using which you can apply for state nomination through 489 visa. for more details about applying for 489 visa get in touch with our expert Australia immigration consultants

What is the cost and duration of the process for this visa?
  • You are eligible to apply for a permanent visa if you have resided in a regional location of Australia for 2 years.
  • You also have to have employment for 12 months in any regional area of Australia.
  • You can also be self-employed for a period of 12 months in any regional state of Australia.

How can you move from a provisional visa to a permanent visa?
It normally takes AUD 3,670 and 6 to 9 months for the visa to come through.

What is the visa application process for the Skilled Regional Visa (subclass 489)?
There is a 3 point visa application process for this visa:
  • The 1st Step :- Firstly, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has to judge you on your skill set and define the area you can work in.
  • The 2nd Step :- Once you have been approved, you have to make an application of interest through their Skill Select option.
  • The 3rd Step :- The final step will involve you applying finally after the state sends you an Invitation to Apply. This is the last step after which you will have to wait for the visa to be granted to you.
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