Skilled Work Regional Visa (subclass 491)

Application FAQ
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What are the areas covered by RDA Sydney?

The Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains

Where is the Hawkesbury and what areas does it cover?

The city of Hawkesbury is a Local Government Area (LGA) in New South Wales at the fringe of the Sydney Metropolitan Area. It is about 50 km north west of Sydney’s CBD. The city is named after the Hawkesbury River.

To view more information on Hawkesbury City visit the following link: www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

To view the map of the Hawkesbury region visit the following link:
https://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/for-residents/mapping/lga-and-suburb-maps

Where are the Blue Mountains and what areas do they cover?

The Blue Mountains are a mountainous region and mountain range in New South Wales. The region borders on Sydney’s Metropolitan area about 50 km West of Sydney.

Learn more about the Blue Mountains in the following link:
https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/

View the Blue Mountains map on the following link:
https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/visitor-information/blue-mountains-visitor-map

Where can I live and work in NSW under the subclass 491 visa?

The Department of Home Affairs determines which regions of Australia are eligible for the 491 visa. Eligible regions are published on the Home Affairs’ designated regional area postcodes website.

If you apply to RDA Sydney and either the Hawkesbury or the Blue Mountains region nominates you, we expect you to have a moral obligation to fulfil your visa conditions in our region.

Can I apply to the Hawkesbury or the Blue Mountains regions if my occupation is not on the occupation list for that region?

No. However, if you meet the requirements to apply and are working in your field in the Hawkesbury or Blue Mountains region, you are encouraged to contact us.

What English Test results are accepted?

Competent English or better is a requirement for Skilled Migration. The Department of Home Affairs provides detailed information on the accepted English tests.

Do I have to use a Migration Agent?

No, the process is transparent and there is enough straight forward information that a migrant agent is not necessary.

However, it can be worthwhile engaging the services of a Registered Migration Agent to ensure you are on the best path and that all applications are submitted complete with all required documentation. Leaving things out can result in a negative outcome or processing delays, which can be almost as frustrating.

The Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority has helpful information about engaging a migration agent.

How long does the application process take?

RDA Sydney works hard to keep its processing timeframe under one month.

Sometimes, unforeseen circumstances can cause delays. It is the applicant’s responsibility to advise us if their case is urgent (due to visa or points expiring, for example).

Can I request urgent processing of my application?

Under some limited circumstances, such an upcoming birthday that will render you ineligible to apply, we can prioritise processing of an application for you.

However, it will take four working days for a your nomination to be processed by the NSW Government after we have assessed a positive application. All eligibility criteria, such as age must be met when the NSW Government process their nomination, not when we receive your application. Therefore it is not reasonable to expect your application to be processed in under seven working days.

If you need urgent processing of your application, you must contact our office before submitting your application.

How is Covid-19 impacting on skilled migration in Australia?

Covid-19 is logically the first priority of any Australian Government Department.

Almost all visa applications that were / are lodged from offshore during the pandemic and most of those which are not on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List can expect lengthy processing timeframes from the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs.

What are the postcodes of the Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains regions?

The official list of post codes can be seen in the Department of Home Affairs in the following link:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skill-occupation-list/regional-postcodes

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