Migrate to Australia through Victoria Nomination Program with Visa 491

Migrate to Australia through Victoria Nomination Program

Victoria Nomination Program, which will come into effect on November 18, 2019, will be a great pathway for international skilled workers to migrate to Australia. The program allows the Australian state of Victoria to nominate applications to migrate to Australia under the skilled work regional (Subclass 491) visa.

Before accepting applications for the skilled work regional visa 491, the eligibility of the applicant is assessed on the basis of points test. The international skilled workers who successfully obtain this visa will be allowed to stay, study and work within the designated area of Australia along with their family members for a period of five years. The Visa 491 aims to provide the regional areas of Australia access to skilled and qualified people who would be able to contribute to the growth of their economies.

Australia introduced the 491 Skilled Work Regional Visa that allows international skilled workers to migrate to Australia on 16 November 2019, replacing Visa 489. To be eligible for Visa 491, the applicant must be sponsored either by an Australian state or Territory Government or an eligible family member residing in a designated regional area of Australia. A total of 14000 places a year have been allocated for Visa 491 by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

So those international skilled workers who wish to migrate to Australia and willing to settle in a regional area of the country may apply for Visa 491. A primary requirement for this visa is that the applicant must have work experience in an occupation, which is in high demand in the Australian labour market. The candidate must also meet the following  criteria:

Age: The age must be below 45 years

English language: The candidate must prove their English language proficiency by scoring at least 6 bands in each module of the IELTS. English language tests such as OET, iBT, TOEFL, PTE Academic and Cambridge English are also acceptable.

Occupation:If the candidate is applying for a nomination from the state of Victoria under the Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 491), their occupation must be mentioned under the Commonwealth’s skilled occupation lists.

A precondition for Visa 491 is that the holders will have to live and work in a regional area for a minimum of five years. Further, they would be allowed to move only between designated regional areas. The holder must agree to complete at least three years in a designated regional area before being able to apply for a different visa category.

The regional areas of Australia, which offer high living standards and better career opportunities, have huge demand for skilled workers. Take the first step to make Australia your permanent home by filling our free eligibility assessment form.

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