The relative sponsored regional visa (Subclass 491) is a provisional visa which allow the applicant to live, work and study in a designated regional area of Australia for 5 years. To be eligible for the relative sponsored stream, at minimum the applicant must meet the following:
To be eligible, the sponsor must be:
An eligible relative can be:
In some states, the applicant can apply for state nomination under the family stream. For example in Tasmania, the applicant may be eligible for state sponsorship if the applicant has immediate family member who meets all the following criteria:
In this case, the occupation does not need to be on the medium-term occupation list.
To apply for the Subclass 491 Visa, the applicant has to submit an expression of interest (EOI) on SkillSelect. If the applicant is successful, he or she will receive an invitation to apply for the visa.
If you have lived, worked and studied in designated regional area Australia for at least 3 years and have a taxable income at specific income threshold for at least three years you may be eligible to permanent residency under the Subclass 191 visa.
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