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Skilled Regional Nominated Visa 489

Like all skilled visas, the Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (489) visa is a points-based application.

There are two pathways for the 489 visa:


The Skilled Sponsored (489) visa requires sponsorship by an Australian state or territory. Each state has unique skill shortages and thus occupations appear at different times on different lists. Each state varies in its specific requirements. Some states require applicants to have higher English scores; others require more work experience or detailed evidence of the applicant’s assets. You must live in a regional area of the state that sponsors you. This includes all part of South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmania. If you are sponsored by Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia or New South Wales you must live and work outside the metropolitan area. The ACT does not have a Skilled Sponsored (489) visa program.


If your nominated occupation is on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) you can be sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area. Your relative must be a permanent resident or citizen of Australia or an eligible New Zealand citizen. This includes your sibling, parent, child, aunt, uncle, cousin or grandparent. Your relative can be living in any part of Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania. If your relative lives in Queensland or New South Wales, they must live outside the metropolitan area. You must live in the same designated area as your relative.


The Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (489) visa gives you and your partner full work rights and starts you on the pathway to permanent residency. The Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (489) visa is a four year provisional visa. Once you have lived in the designated area for two years (and worked for 12 months of this, you are eligible to apply for permanent residency and live in any part of Australia.


We have managed Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (489) visa applications for people working in various occupations including teachers, IT professionals, engineers, tradesmen and nurses. We manage the skill assessment as this is the first step in the skilled visa process. The skill assessment is complex with some authorities requiring detailed reports of work projects or informal training references from the first years in your career. We work with you to make sure you will meet the requirements.

1. What does this 489 visa allow me?

As mentioned above this is a permanent resident visa of Australia. Once you get the visa you will be allowed to –

  • Work and Stay in nominating state’s specific regional areas for 4 Years
  • Apply for Australian Permanent Residency
  • Travel to and from Australia for 4 years from the date of issue of visa

2. Are there any costs, other than that of application of visa that I might have to bear?

Apart from the application cost you would have to bear the cost for medical and health assessments, police certification, and other certificates and tests as and when require.

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