491 Visa Processing Time in 2024 (Australia)

If you are planning to migrate to Australia in 2024, you may be wondering about the processing time for the 491 visa. The 491 visa is a popular choice for skilled workers who want to live and work in Australia. It allows you to work and live in a designated regional area for up to five years and can be a pathway to permanent residency.

However, the processing time for the visa can vary depending on a range of factors. In this article, we will take a closer look at what you need to know about the 491 visa processing time for 2024. We will explore the factors that can affect the processing time, such as the number of applications received, changes to visa policies, and the processing capacity of the Department of Home Affairs. By the end of this article, you will have a better understanding of what to expect when applying for a 491 visa in 2024.

What is the processing time for visa 491?

Following are the processing times for visa subclass 491 Skilled Regional Visa in the State/Territory Sponsored Stream

For Main Applicant

491 Visa Processing times in April 2024 as per Australian Department of Home Affairs:

  • 50% of applications: 9 Months
  • 90% of applications: 18 Months
  • Following are the 491 processing times in the family-sponsored regional stream.
  • 50% of applications: 9 Months
  • 90% of applications: 19 months

491 Subsequent Entrant Visa Processing Time

The latest processing times for the subsequent Entrant applicant of 491 visa as per Australian Department of Home Affairs are not available.

What is a subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional Visa?

A Skilled Work Regional Visa is a Provisional visa which lets an applicant stay and work in Australia for 5 years.

What does 491 visa lets you do in Australia?

  • The 491 visa lets an applicant stay in Australia for 5 years.
  • The visa lets you apply for a permanent visa subclass 191 after 3 years if all criteria is fulfilled.
  • The visa lets the visa holder live, work and study in a designated regional area.
  • The visa lets the visa holder travel outside and inside Australia as many times as the person wants to travel.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What is the total cost for 491 Visa Australia?

The visa fee starts from AUD4,640 for 491 visa primary applicant.

What is the minimum salary for 491 visa?

An applicant of 491 visa must have 3 years Notice of Assessments to be eligible for the permanent subclass 191 visa. No income threshold required.

How much is the NSW 491 nomination fee?

The NSW 491 nomination fee from outside Australia is A$300.

The NSW 491 nomination fee from within Australia is A$330 including GST.

Is 491 a permanent residency visa?

The skilled work regional provisional visa subclass 491 is a provisional visa granted for 5 years. Visa 491 has a pathway to permanent residency if all criteria of 491 visa is fulfilled.

Can I buy house on 491 visa?

There are multiple Australian lenders which lend money for home loans to 491 visa holders. But if you are seeking 491 visa home loan, you need to take FIRB approval before you can buy property in Australia. 

491 Visa holders have to also pay higher stamp duty and some Australian lenders may also ask for higher deposit from 491 visa holders. Visa 491 holders will not be able to access various first home grants and other first home loan schemes since they are not an Australian Permanent resident.

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Can 491 Visa Holder Sponsor parents?

The short answer to this question is No. You cannot sponsor your parents for a 491 visa for parent’s visas since the 491 visa holder is not an Australian Permanent resident.

Can I get Medicare on 491 visa?

491 Visa holders are covered by Medicare which helps in saving money which you would have otherwise paid for private health insurance.

For More Information Visit: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/skilled-work-regional-provisional-491

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