Skilled – Regional Sponsored Visa (subclass 489)

Who is the visa for?

Highly skilled professional and tradesperson with an occupation in demand in Australia wish to migrate.

Applicants having a skilled occupation but not on the Skilled Occupation List, or 5 or 10 points short of the 60 points test mark, or with a highly competitive occupation such as accounting or IT wishing a quicker or guaranteed invitation from the EOI system.

Visa Entitlements

A temporary visa permits you along with your dependant family members to reside in Regional Australia for a period 4 years, you’ll be eligible to apply for the permanent subclass 887 visa after two years from the visa grant provided you have lived in Regional Australia physically for 2 years in aggregate and worked one year full time (35 hours) or part time equivalent in any occupation. You are able but not limited to:

  • Work and live in Australia through the duration of the visa.
  • Unlimited Travels in and out of Australia
  • Study at Australian academic institutions such as schools, TAFEs or universities.


  • Under 50 of age.
  • Have ‘Competent English’ (6.0 or more in each of the 4 components in IELTS or equivalent or hold an eligible passport, high score often required to meet the point test).
  • Achieve the minimum points score of at least 60.
  • Obtained positive skills assessment for an occupation in the Consolidated Skilled Occupations List (CSOL).
  • Obtain state sponsorship if nominated occupation is on the CSOL or sponsored by an eligible relative if the nominated occupation is on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). (You or your partner included in the application must have an eligible Australian citizen or Permanent Resident relative living in Designated Area of Australia, the relative must be non-dependent child or non-dependent step-child; parent or step-parent; brother or sister, step-brother or step-sister; niece or nephew, step-niece or step-nephew; an aunt or uncle, step-aunt or step-uncle; first cousin; or a grandchild or step-grandchild. Designated Area are any area excluding  Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Brisbane metropolitan area )
  • Received an invitation to apply under the SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI) System.
  • Meeting other such as health and character criteria.

Common Mistakes Made by Applicants

  • Australian relative is not “usually resident” in the Designated Area or moved to a non-eligible area before visa grant.
  • Failing to provide evidence of relative or sponsorship from the Australian relative
  • Nominating the wrong occupation.
  • Miscalculating skills points such as failing to check with Country of Educational Profiles, take into account of deduction of years of work experience to be working at a skilled level.
  • Information on the applications forms, supporting documents, EOI and Visa applications does not match or with errors, or failing to disclose important information or documents.
  • Lodging with invalid or expired supporting documents.
  • Failing to check subjects or majors studied meeting the skills assessment requirement
  • Failing to provide detailed employment reference letters or other forms of evidence of employment meeting skills assessment, state sponsorship or visa criteria.
  • Not checking all of the state sponsorship requirements.
  • Failing to meet basic criteria at the time of EOI or visa application.
  • Lack of information or supporting documents to prove his/her own case.
  • Providing false or misleading information or bogus documents.
  • Failure to take appropriate steps in assisting with department’s background check process and verification.

How can we assist

  • Advising you of your eligibility of this visa and all your other visa options.
  • Provide step by step guidance on all requirements leading to the visa grant.
  • Prepare and lodging skills assessment, state sponsorship and visa related applications.
  • Verify all documents and information are accurate and met the eligibility criteria before submitting.
  • Liaise with appropriate authorities on your behalf.
  • Avoiding all common and other mistakes made by past applicants.
  • A total peace of mind for you.

Not eligible?  You may want to consider one of the following visas

  • Skilled – Independent Visa (subclass 189)
  • Skilled – Nominated Visa (subclass 190)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (Subclass 186 visa)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (Subclass 187 Visa)
  • Temporary Work Skilled (Subclass 457)
  • Business Skilled Visa
  • Student Visa
  • Family Visas

Visa Cancellation

As with all visas, this visa can be cancelled if ground for cancellation exists. Cancellation can occur if information or documents provided to the department in any of the process are fond to be non-genuine in nature or contains information which is misleading in a material particular, it may include applicant’s past visa dealing with the Australian government, the identity of the applicant, information provided by a third party which may also be false or misleading.

All applicants are advised to ensure that they should check all information on forms and documents before submitting, please do double check that all information or documents obtained through a third party are genuine, that all information or documents provided in relation to yourself or any dependant family members can withstand rigorous checks conducted by the Australian government.  Please do make sure that the department have your updated contact details even after your visa grant in case a problem exist. Please do contact us immediately if a visa cancellation notice has been issued to you.

Please do contact one of our experienced consultants should you wish to discuss your eligibility or any other matter.