Guidance For Skilled Visa Subclass 489


A dream come true situation arises for visa subclass 489 holders who wish to work and 7live in Australia. This is a provisional visa for a skilled class which might, later on, lead to their acquisition of permanent Skilled Regional visa subclass 887. The value adds for Subclass Visa 489 is the fact that the eligible family members can also be included. The underlying point is that it is a point-based visa which guides the visa holders through any one of the three pathways.

Main Features of this visa:

Pathways to the visa are – i) invited pathway ii) extended stay pathway and iii) subsequent entry pathway. One must have clarity before applying for this visa as it will smoothen the way for further actions. The main identifiable features are-

  • The least score point for eligibility is 65 out of the total designated points in the point test
  • One can try free online Australian General Skilled Migration points test
  • These skilled workers should be specifically selected by a state or territory or
  • They can be sponsored by a relative in designated Australian area, who is eligible to do so
  • Subclass visa 489holders are validated to live and work in specified Regional or Low Population Growth Area
  • The visa is valid for four years
  • The family members eligible to be included in the visa application are -i) partners ii) a dependent child of the applicant or the partner and iii)dependent relative of the applicant or the partner


The applicant and his dependants can –

  • Live, work and study in specified regional areas in Australia temporarily
  • Travel to and fro from Australia as long as the visa is valid
  • Apply for permanent resident visa subclass 887 at a later stage after the specifications are met

States which can nominate

The States / Territories which can nominate are those which take part in the Skilled – Nominated sponsorship scheme. Such States / Territories are – i)New South Wales ii)Northern Territory iii)Queensland iv)South Australia v)Tasmania vi)Victoria and vii)Western Australia

Visa application process

  • Before the application process

To lodge visa subclass 489 application, one must be sure to –

  • Get an assessment done first for positive skills and then
  • Submit the Expression of Interest via skill select
  • Do this either in Australia or outside
  • Get sponsorship from an eligible relative
  • Comply with minimum visa requirements and
  • Secure an invitation before lodging the application
  • During the application process

One should keep the following points in mind before proceeding further.

  • Only those below 45 years old while securing an invitation to apply, can apply
  • Select a specific occupation in line with the skills and qualifications
  • These should be relevant to – i)Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or ii)the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
  • applicant’s skills should be assessed by the relevant assessing authority in line with the nominated occupation
  • Show minimum required English competency skills
  • Must have scored either 65 or more on the Points Test
  • Have satisfactory Health and Character requirements as per expectations
  • After Lodging the application

After applying, if the visa holder’s visa is sponsored by a State or Territory Government,

  • The positive outcome of the visa depends on – i) combination of skills acquired and ii)work experience gained
  • One must safely keep the granted visa for a period not less than two years
  • This is necessary to gain eligibility to apply for a permanent Regional visa

The three stages

First Stage

  • letting a relevant Government body to assess the acquired skill
  • followed by the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) to judge
  • whether the chosen occupation to be practiced in Australia will be well served by the acquired level of skillset

Second Stage

  • Getting a positive outcome of
  • Skills assessment from the Department of Home Affairs
  • Submitting the Expression of interest via skillset irrespective of whether the applicant is in or outside Australia
  • Reaching an Australian state/territory for sponsorship
  • Making sure that relevant sponsorship requirements and work experience as per State Migration Plans are acquired

Third Stage

  • Invitation To Apply (ITA)
  • Lodging the final and complete application to DOHA for the approval


Under this visa, the work occupation can be for any employer. For the provision of visa evidence possession to someone, VEVO can be used. The applicant is protected by Australian workplace law which entitles to certain rights and entitlements. If eligible for superannuation, one can get it upon leaving with no intention of return. It is better to keep in mind that the invited pathway visa is going to be closed from 15th November 2019 onwards. If you still have any queries then you can contact Immigration Agent Perth for solving your query.

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