Skilled Work Regional Visa (subclass 491)

Applications CLOSED

RDA Sydney is no longer able to accept applications for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) for the remainder of the 2021-22 program year

Our allocation of nomination positions, provided by the NSW government has now been filled.

If you are seeking settling into the RDA Sydney designated regions you may wish to consider alternative migration pathways which can be found here.

Steps 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 31 March.

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. 

Enquiries and Assistance

The only email address being monitored regarding migration enquiries is Please do not use alternate RDA Sydney email addresses as you will not receive a response.

RDA Sydney does not provide a pre-assessment service and it is up to the potential applicant to research and consider the 491 eligibility criteria or seek the advice of a migration agent which may incur a cost.


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 note: Where the information you are seeking is covered by the content of our website or that of Investment NSW and/or DoHA, there will not be a customised response from either our office or that of Investment NSW. Further, there is no special consideration for applicants who do not meet the requirements and/or do not fill in the webforms in their entirety. If you do not receive a response in a reasonable timeframe, please assume that the information you are seeking is already available on our websites and look there before contacting us again.