Regional Sponsored Skilled Visa (Subclass 489)

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Australian Regional Sponsored Skilled Visa - 489 Visa

The Skilled Regional Provisional (Subclass 489) visa is a temporary visa for those who have the skills, capabilities and experience that are highly demanded in regional or low-population growth metropolitan areas in Australia. With this 489 visa, the applicant can live, work and study in Australia for up to 4 years, enter to or leave Australia as many as possible till the visa is valid and apply for permanent residency once become an eligible person for the Skilled-Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887). New Zealanders must inform the immigration officer that you hold a skilled visa otherwise the immigration officer will grant you a Special Category visa (Subclass 444).

 

The visa is divided into 3 categories:

  1. The Invited pathway
  2. The Extended Stay pathway
  3. The Subsequent Entry pathway
Regional Sponsored Skilled Visa (Subclass 489)

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Eligibility for Invited Pathway

The applicant must submit an expression of interest (EOI). Then the applicant must be either nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency or indicate that the applicant will be sponsored by an eligible relative. All state and territory government agencies have their own criteria for deciding who they will nominate.

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Extended Stay Pathway

At the time the applicant applies for this visa the applicant must hold 1 of the following provisional visas and has complied with all conditions of that visa for at least 2 years:

  • Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475); or
  • Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 487); or
  • Skilled Independent Regional visa (subclass 495); or
  • Skilled Designated Area Sponsored Provisional visa (subclass 496).

Note: The applicant must never held more than 1 of these visas. There is NO age limit for this visa.

489 Visa Sponsor Can Be:

 

 

We must approve your sponsorship before you can be granted a visa.

489 Visa An Eligible Relative Can Be:

If the applicant’s nominated occupation is on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) he/she can be sponsored by an eligible relative:
  • a parent
  • a child or step-child
  • a brother, sister, adoptive brother, adoptive sister, step-brother or step-sister
  • an aunt, uncle, adoptive aunt, adoptive uncle, step-aunt or step-uncle
  • a nephew, niece, adoptive nephew, adoptive niece, step-nephew or step-niece
  • a grandparent, or
  • a first cousin

 

We must approve your sponsorship before you can be granted a visa.

65 Points Test System

First, the applicant submit EOI through SkillSelect.  If the applicant does not obtain a score of 65 points the applicant will not be invited to apply for this 489 visa. Please refer to our point test table underneath.

Competent English

For applications those who lodged on or after 23 November 2014, the applicant take the one of the following English exams:

 

  • an International English Language Test System (IELTS) test; or
  • an Occupational English Test (OET); or
  • a Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT); or
  • a Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic).

 

According to the Regulation 1.15C(1)(c), the applicant must achieve the following test scores:

  • an IELTS test score of at least 6 in each of the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening; or
  • an OET test score of at least B in each of the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening; or
  • a TOEFL iBT test score with at least the following scores in the four test components: 18 for speaking, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 12 for listening; or
  • a PTE Academic test score of at least 50 in each of the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening.

 

Exemption: People from the following conturies are not required to provide English score.

  • the United Kingdom
  • the United States of America
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • the Republic of Ireland

489 Visa 65 Point Test Table

All factors are awarded at the time the applicant is invited to apply for this visa.

 

FACTOR DESCRIPTION POINTS
Age 18–24 years 25
25–32 years 30
33–39 years 25
40–44 years 15
45–49 years 0
English language ability Competent English (IELTS 6) 0
Proficient English (IELTS 7) 10
Superior English (IELTS 8) 20
Skilled employment Outside Australia
  • In skilled employment for at least 3 but less than 5 years (of the past 10 years)
5
  • In skilled employment for at least 5 but less than 8 years (of the past 10 years)
10
  • In skilled employment for at least 8 and up to 10 years (of the past 10 years)
15
In Australia
  • In skilled employment for at least 1 but less than 3 years (of the past 10 years)
5
  • In skilled employment for at least 3 but less than 5 years (of the past 10 years)
10
  • In skilled employment for at least 5 but less than 8 years (of the past 10 years)
15
  • In skilled employment for at least 8 and up to 10 years (of the past 10 years)
20
Educational qualifications Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or other doctorate of a recognised standard 20
At least a bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or other degree of a recognised standard 15
Diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia 10
An award or qualification recognised by the assessing authority in the assessment of the skilled occupation 10
Australian study qualifications One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and meet the Australian study requirement 5
Other factors Credentialled community language qualifications 5
Study in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area (excluding distance education) 5
Partner skill qualifications 5
Professional year in Australia for at least 12 months in the four years before the day you were invited to apply 5
Nomination/sponsorship Nomination by state or territory government (visa subclass 190 only) 5
Nomination by state or territory government or sponsorship by an eligible family member to reside and work in a specified/designated area (visa subclass 489 only) 10

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