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489 Work Visa (Temporary)

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A permanent resident pathway for working in regional Australia

Points-tested, the sc489 Visa requires applicants to achieve 60 points and the nomination of an Australian State or Territory government agency OR the sponsorship of a relative living in a designated area. With the relevant sponsorship in place, the application is then a two-step process: firstly, lodgement of an Expression of Interest (EOI); and secondly, upon receiving an Invitation to Apply from the department, the lodgement of a Visa application within 60 days of the invitation, either in Australia or from overseas. Family members can be included in this visa. This visa has a high processing priority of between 3 and 6 months – more or less, depending on the quality of the application and the issues involved.

Key Requirements

Key Requirements

  • Acquired nomination by an Australian State or Territory (which will require that you fulfil the key Visa criteria) or sponsored by a relative living in a designated area
  • Nominated occupation is on the relevant Skills Occupation List
  • Completed the relevant skills assessment successfully
  • Aged between 18 and 49 years at the time of application
  • Achieve a score of 60 points on the points-test
  • Have Competent English language skills or higher (at the time of application lodgement)
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Submitted and EOI and have been Invited to Apply for this visa by the department

Key Challenges

Failing to deal with these challenges can lead to refusals & cancellations.

  • Managing the various stages of the application process
  • Identifying who can sponsor you
  • Identifying what is accepted as regional or designated areas
  • Identifying the relevant occupation and skills set
  • Health and/or Character issues requiring waivers
  • Dealing with the departments queries
  • Dealing with Health & Character Issues

Tough Cases We Can Help With

Tough Cases We Can Help With

  • Eligibility of a sponsor
  • Expired or expiring Visas
  • Health and/or Character issues requiring waivers
  • Preparing for an MRT Appeal, if required

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