489 VISA

Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa Subclass 489

Indah Melindasari MARN 0961 448


MARN 0961 448 | UPDATED MAY 2019


Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa / 489 Visa Brief Overview

Please note that the 489 visa is closed to new applications and has been replaced by the 491 visa.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 sponsored by either a relative living in a designated area or a State or Territory Government.

The applicable occupations list if sponsored by a relative is the same as the list for the Skilled Independent visa.

The state sponsored 489 occupations list can be seen here.

If you are sponsored by a relative, you will need to live for 2 years and work full time for 12 months in a regional or low population growth area to qualify for permanent residence through the Skilled Regional Subclass 887 visa.

The applicants can either be in Australia or overseas to lodge this visa.

Applying 489 Visa through SkillSelect

  1. In order to apply for a Skilled Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) Subclass 489 visa, you must first lodge an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect and be invited by the Department of Immigration to apply.
  2. Once you are invited to apply for a skilled visa, you must lodge your application within 60 days, otherwise the invitation lapses.

Accordingly, it is very important that you have all required documentation prepared to lodge as soon as possible after receiving the invitation.

Criteria for 489 Visa

In order to qualify for a Subclass 489 visa, you would need to:

  • Lodge an EOI and be invited to apply
  • Be sponsored by a relative living in a Designated Area or nominated by a State or Territory Government.
  • Meet the pass mark in the skilled migration points test – currently 65 points (as of 1 July 2018)
  • Be aged between 18 and 45 inclusive
  • Pass Skills Assessment in an occupation on the relevant Skilled Occupations List
  • Have Competent English or higher
  • Meet health and character requirements

Sponsorship by a Relative Living in a Designated Area

You can apply for a Subclass 489 visa if you are sponsored by a relative living in a Designated Area.

The relative must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand Citizen.

The following relatives can sponsor for the Subclass 489 visa:

  • Parents;
  • Brothers and Sisters;
  • Uncles and Aunts;
  • Nephews and Nieces;
  • First Cousins;
  • Grandparents.