Lily graduated from University of Melbourne in Master of Management (Accounting). Due to the very high EOI score required for the visa 189 in accountant occupation, she couldn’t meet the requirement. As accountant is not in the Victoria skill nomination occupation list, she couldn’t apply for visa 190 either. She thought that her journey of skilled migration would end, but on November 16, 2019, there was good news that the visa 491 was officially implemented, which gave her hope again.
With the help of Smart Choice Migration Agent, Lily successfully submitted a visa 491 application at the end of November 2019 and her visa was granted in February 2020.
Let’s briefly introduce this visa that brings new hope to accounting students.
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa, subclass 491, is relatively a new and enhanced points-tested line of skilled migration visa to assist skill shortages in regional parts of Australia. It is a temporary visa that permits the visa holders to lawfully enter and remain in Australia up to 5 years from the visa grant and provides an opportunity to apply for permanent residency through the subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled – Regional) visas.
VISA 491 REQUIRMENTS:
You hold a Positive Skill Assessment for an occupation on the State or Regional List
You are currently aged between 18 – 45 years old
You have Competent English or higher (6 minimum in IELTS or holder of approved passports)
You have received a nomination by a Region or State to apply for the visa
You meet health and character requirements
You meet the pass mark in the skilled migration points test – currently 65.
VISA 191 REQUIRMENTS:
Hold visa 491 over 3 years
Have lived for at least 3 years and have a taxable income at or above a specific income threshold ($53,900) for at least three years
Both primary and secondary applicants have complied with the conditions of the eligible visa you hold or have held