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What is subclass 489

Subclass 489 is a provisional skilled worker visa. This visa allows you to live and work in Australia. Having fulfilled the terms and conditions, subclass 489 may lead to permanent residency in Australia. The skilled worker applying for Australian immigration through this visa category can also take his family members to live, work and study in Australia.

To apply for subclass 489 either you must be nominated by a state/territory or you must be sponsored by an eligible family member already living in Australia. 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.


Benefit 489 visa

  • The skilled visa holder can live and work in specified regional areas in Australia for four years
  • Skilled visa holder can study in Australia (specified regional areas only)
  • Visa holder can sponsor his family members
  • A chance for permanent residency in Australia (if eligible)
  • Family members of the visa holder can study in specified regional areas in Australia for four years
  • The visa holder and his family can travel to and from Australia till the visa is valid
  • The family members of the visa holder can also apply for permanent residency


Criteria to Apply for Subclass 489

To apply for subclass 489 you need to follow the following steps:

  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • You must be invited to apply on successful submission of EOI
  • You must be sponsored by a state/territory or an eligible relative
  • Score the passing marks on 489 visa points calculator
  • Your age must be between 18-44
  • You must pass the skilled assessment regarding your nominated skill for Australian immigration
  • Fulfill English language basic requirements
  • Fulfill health and character requirements

If you meet the criteria, consider your 489 visa granted.


Requirements in case of Invited Pathway and Extended Stay Pathway

In addition to the above criteria, application for subclass 489 through Invited Pathway requires you to have:

  • A letter of invitation from Australian immigration department

Your letter of invitation is based on your submitted EOI. You are required to attain minimum score against your nominated skill in skills assessment that is mentioned in your invitation letter.

In case you are applying for Extended Stay Pathway, you must have:

  • A provisional visa in subclass 495, 496, 475 or 487


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

You must pass skills assessment in an occupation on the Independent or Family Sponsored Occupations List prior to receiving an EOI invitation.

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.


Subclass 489 Eligible Sponsor

The eligible sponsors who can nominate you to apply through subclass 489 must be 18+ of age and one of these:

  • An Australian citizen
  • An Australian permanent resident
  • An eligible New Zealand citizen

Such relatives can be your sponsor if they relate to you as one of the following:

  • a child (step child inclusive)
  • a parent (step parent inclusive)
  • a brother or sister  (adoptive or step siblings inclusive)
  • a niece or nephew (adoptive or step niece/nephew inclusive)
  • an aunt or uncle (adoptive or step aunt/uncle inclusive)
  • a grandparent
  • a first cousin

These relations can be your sponsors for subclass 489 and they can sponsor you for any regional state/territory within Australia.


Australian State/Territory Nomination

Each State and Territory Government publishes a list of occupations in short supply in their area. There may be specific requirements in terms of work experience, English language ability or specialized skills.
You must pass skills assessment in an occupation on the State or Territory Nominated Occupations List prior to receiving an EOI invitation. If you are nominated by a state or territory government, 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.


If you are nominated by an Australian state/territory for Australian immigration, you must obey the following:

  • Notify about the decision of Department of Immigration and Border Protection regarding your provisional application
  • Notify your arrival in Australia (if applicable)
  • Live and work in the specified region against your nominated skill
  • Participate in the surveys


Subclass 489 Visa Processing Time

The visa undergoes priority processing. It means that no matter when you have submitted your application of Australian immigration through this visa category, your application will be processed when its assigned priority number will be called for.

Usually 489 visa processing takes 12 weeks time but considering your nominated skills, it may vary or takes longer than 112 weeks.

The Australian immigration department informs you regarding the status of your application when it is processed. You will be notified if you get your 489 visa granted.


Subclass 489 Visa Points Calculator

You are required to score at a minimum of 60 points on subclass 489 visa points calculator. The points are awarded on the basis of age, English language ability, skilled employment, academic qualifications, Australian study requirements and other such factors. Each category is divided into sub-categories. Your collective score will decide whether you are eligible to apply for subclass 489 or not.


Subclass 489 Visa Checklist

Candidates applying for subclass 489 must provide all the documents that will support their claims along with the application. The medium of documents must be English. In case, the documents are in a language other than English, an English translated copy must be attached with that document.

You must provide the following documents:

  • Expression of interest
  • Points test assessment report
  • Nominated skill assessment report
  • Medical fitness proof
  • Visa charges
  • Certified copies of personal documents (biographical pages of passport, birth registration, family book showing names of parents and children, character certificate etc.)
  • Evidence of English language ability
  • Proof of eligibility of your sponsoring relative
  • Proof of your relation with the sponsor


Fees &  Duration

Extended stay pathway – from AUD325

Invited pathway – from AUD3670

Subsequent entrants pathway: From AUD325 if your family member was an extended pathway applicant

From AUD3670 if your family member was an invited pathway applicant.

Applicants might have to pay additional costs.

Length of stay:  Up to four years

*Rules can be change as per Australian immigration. Ref link: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/489-




Do I Apply in Australia or Overseas?

You can either be in Australia or overseas when you apply for a Subclass 489 Visa. In order to lodge from within Australia, you would need to hold a substantive visa or a Bridging A, B or C visa. Once you apply from within Australia, you would receive a bridging visa allowing you to remain in Australia during processing of your visa application.

Including Family Members:

You can include the following types of family members in your application:

  • Spouses, defector partners and same-sex partners
  • Dependent children
  • Other dependent family members – e.g .parents who live with you and are financially dependent

It is possible to include partners and dependent children after lodgment of the application, but other dependent family members must be included at lodgment.


Duration and Conditions:

The visa is a 4-year provisional visa. Whilst in Australia you and your included family members can only live, work and study in an approved regional area. The approved regional areas vary depending on whether you are sponsored by a relative or by a State or Territory Government:

  • State or Territory Government: you can only live in a Regional or Low Population Growth Area
  • Relative: you can live in a Designated Area

Designated areas are wider than Regional or Low Population Growth areas – in particular the major cities of Melbourne, Canberra, and the Gold Coast are considered Designated Areas.

If you are outside Australia when the visa is granted, you and your family members will need to enter Australia for the first time prior to expiry of your health and police clearances.

Acacia has significant expertise in handling general skilled visa applications, and can help you with:

  • Getting your skills assessed
  • Obtaining a nomination from a State or Territory Government
  • Putting together a relative sponsorship
  • Lodging visa applications within tight deadlines
  • Managing your bridging visas
  • Getting results with minimum stress and worry for you

Please book an immigration consultation if you would like assistance with your Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 visa application.

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