Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)

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Important information about seeking migration advice

The Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) regulates registered migration agents (RMAs) and publishes a list of agents that have been disciplined.

The OMARA has a register of RMAs that you can visit at

Investment NSW advises that all applicants considering engaging migration advisory services check whether the person handling your application has been disciplined at

It is important that all applicant’s check their own eligibility for NSW’s migration nomination programs.

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Important information about providing false documents

NSW participates in the 491 visa program to support its regional economies and communities through the settlement of highly skilled migrants who are committed to living and working in regional NSW long term.

Providing falsified or misleading information to NSW in support of your claims against our nomination criteria is taken very seriously.

Any instances of fraudulent activity will be reported to Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs and/or NSW Police and may result in any nomination being withdrawn and/or visa cancelled. 

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) allows skilled migrants to live, study and work in designated regional areas for a period of 5 years. 

Nomination Criteria and Process

Information about how to apply for NSW nomination for the Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) in the 2022-23 financial year will be made available shortly. 

Alternative migration pathways

NSW nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is just one of a number of visa options for prospective skilled migrants.

There are a range of visas offered by Home Affairs, including both temporary and permanent employer nominated visas. You may also wish to seek advice from a registered migration agent

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