May 5, 2021

Drop in points for skilled work regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491) – family sponsored)

Unexpected news has been published on SkillSelect! The invitation points needed for the Family Sponsored stream of the subclass 491 have suddenly dropped. In the Invitation Round for June 2020 the minimum points for the subclass 491 under the family sponsored stream dropped to 70 points. By comparison the invitation round in May had the minimum points score for an invitation for the 491 as 100 points.

What does this mean?

The subclass 189 skilled independent visa, the subclass 190 skilled nominated visa and the subclass 491 skilled work regional (provisional) visa are what are known collectively as general skilled migration visas.

The difference between the different subclasses is that the subclass 189 is something that you can apply for if you have a ‘good occupation’ and you don’t need anyone to sponsor / nominate you. The subclass 190 is a visa that you get nominated to apply for by one of the Australian states or territories if you meet their nomination requirements. Finally the subclass 491 is a temporary visa that has a pathway to PR, you can be nominated for this visa by a state or territory but you can also get sponsored for this visa by a family member as long as you have a ‘good occupation’.

This recent drop in the number of points needed means that this could possibly be a viable visa option for someone who has a ‘good occupation’ (specifically an occupation on the Medium – Long Term Strategic Skills List) and who has a family member living in a regional area where they will be happy to move to.

The sponsoring family member living in regional Australia could be a parent, child, step-child, brother, sister, adoptive brother, adoptive sister, step-brother, step-sister, aunt, uncle, adoptive aunt, adoptive uncle, step-aunt, step-uncle, nephew, niece, adoptive nephew, adoptive niece, step-nephew, step-niece, grandparent or a first cousin.

It may be that there are not many people left in Australia who fit in this category, hence the drop!

If you or someone you know might match the requirements and is interested in applying do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.West Aussie MigrationGood knowledge, good advice.