Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa

General Skilled Migration (GSM)


The General Skilled Migration Program (“GSM”) Points Tested Stream is for professionals and other skilled migrants who are not sponsored by an employer and who have skills in particular occupations required in Australia.

These occupations are listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

Visa Options

There are a number of options for GSM applicants including:

  • skilled independent applicants
  • skilled applicants nominated by a State or Territory government

Skilled Regional (Provisional) - Subclass 489 Visa

The Subclass 489 is a provisional (temporary) visa which allows holders to live and work for up to 4 years in a regional area in Australia. Applicants need to be sponsored by an eligible Australian relative living in a designated area or nominated by a participating State or Territory government.

Applicants applying for the Subclass 489 visa must nominate an occupation listed on Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). This is subject to the occupation also being on the relevant State or Territory government list.">

Applicants must also pass a points test with a pass mark of 65.

The holder must live for 2 years and must have worked full-time for at least 1 calendar year in a specified regional area while holding the provisional Subclass 489 Visa to be able to then apply for a permanent residence visa

Expression of Interest

To be able to apply for the Subclass 489 Visa the applicant must first submit an expression of interest (EOI) with the Department of Home Affairs and be invited by the Department to apply.

Professional Consultation

We recommend a professional consultation to discuss the abovementioned information and to review your eligibility.

A professional consultation will enable us to explain the process comprehensively, appropriate options and strategies, timelines and costs and your prospects of success.

Please refer to consultation page.

Immigration News

For news of the Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visas and other news about Australian Migration, please refer to the Immigration News page.

Disclaimer: This website contains information relating to some of the abovementioned visa categories and has been sanctioned by a Registered Migration Agent. The information is for general guidance only and readers should obtain appropriate professional advice relevant to their personal circumstances before taking any action. Strategic Migration expressly disclaims any liability should the reader act without a professional engagement with Strategic Migration under which you have.