Skilled Nominated Visa: Pathway to working in a more relaxed regional environment

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Not all workers prefer the hustle and bustle of the city; others are more comfortable in the regions where the lifestyle is simpler and the environment is more relaxed. Australia has a specific kind of working visa that targets this category of migrant workers: the Skilled Regional State-Nominated visa (subclass 489). The details below provide the basics about this visa to Australia.

Visa specifics

The Subclass 489 is a provisional visa for applicants who meet the points test only after regional Sponsorship. Before intending migrants can apply for this visa, they must be nominated by either an Australian relative or the government of the regional state or territory where they want to work and reside. One possible hurdle of this visa is that government agencies are strict in nominating workers since they need to ensure that nominated workers will commit to live, work or study in the specific state or territory for a minimum of two years. Also, applicants must remember that they must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect that contains their nominated occupation—among other information—before they can apply for the actual visa.

This provisional visa allows for secondary applicants to be included upon lodgement, or at any time until the visa is decided. However, each secondary applicant (married or de facto partner, own or partner’s dependent children, and other dependent relatives) must meet the specific requirements for the visa.

Visa challenges

Points-tested visas are difficult to apply for due to the many documents needed to evidence claims for things such as work experience and qualifications as well as health and character requirements. Add to that the pressure in completing these documents before the quota set by states and territories is met. Applicants can make their visa application process easier by having a National Visas migration agent to act as their representative throughout the process. An expert agent will ensure that all necessary documents are complete and contain accurate information suitable for a positive result before lodging the visa in order to avoid delays.

Visa lodgement

To apply for a Skilled Regional State-Nominated visa, applicants normally have to submit an application to the state or territory where they intend to work and reside. This also requires them to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect, either before or after the State Sponsorship application. One challenge in submitting a State Sponsorship application is convincing the state or territory agency (in words and in documents) that they are eligible for nomination and committed to living in their area. National Visas agents are well-versed in lodging successful applications, and they can also assist you through all other stages of your Skilled application process.

Once the State Sponsorship application is approved and an invitation to apply for the Visa is issued through SkillSelect, applicants can lodge their visa applications within 60 days. In order to avoid a Visa refusal, applicants must satisfy the following requirements (among many others):

  • a nominated occupation included on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • positive skill assessment for the nominated occupation
  • passed the points test, including evidence that they were entitled to claim all points

In addition, applicants must not be more than 49 years old, must possess at least competent English, and must have received a nomination from an Australian state or territory government authority. The Regional Skilled State-Nominated visa can be lodged whether the applicant is in or outside Australia.

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