Skilled Work Regional Visa (subclass 491)

Applications are Open

The 491 Skilled Work Regional Visa is a provisional visa for skilled workers who wish to live and work in Regional Australia

RDA Sydney processes 491 visa applications for the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury LGA’s only

Please note that RDA Sydney will communicate with applicants via email and messaging on our website

NSW nomination is by invitation only. To be considered for NSW nomination, you must register your interest on the NSW Government website.  NSW will use the information you provide when you register your interest to decide whether you will be selected to apply.

Change in Visa Process

The process for the 491 skilled regional State nominated visa program has changed. Applicants must first receive an invitation to apply from the NSW Government before applying to us. The August round for requests for an invitation to apply from the NSW Government is open now  and will close on the 31st of August.

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. 

Important Information

Registering your interest in NSW nomination is not an application. 

For information about NSW nomination criteria, see the NSW Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) website. 

To register your interest in NSW nomination, please visit the NSW How to register your interest in NSW nomination website and read all the information prior to completing the online form. Also, please read the NSW Common questions about skilled visas website for further information about NSW nomination for skilled visas. 

The 491 Visa Allocation for the RDA Sydney Region is very limited and highly competitive.

RDA Sydney is not a Registered Certifying Body and does not deal with other visa inquiries.

Please review the following relevant websites before proceeding:​