The Australian government has expanded the availability of Skilled Work Regional visas (subclass 491) to Melbourne applicants.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals living or working in metropolitan Melbourne can now submit a Registration of Interest for the Skilled Work Regional visa nomination.
  • To be eligible, foreign nationals must have lived, worked or studied in Victoria for at least three years before they can submit an ROI.
  • Previously, Melbourne residents were not allowed to apply for the Skilled Work Regional visa in Victoria.

Additional Information: Individuals who submitted an ROI for a subclass 190 visa and have not been selected can withdraw their existing ROI and submit a new ROI for the Skilled Work Regional visa. More information regarding the Skilled Work Regional visa is available here.

BAL Analysis: Australian authorities expanded the availability of the Skilled Work Regional visa to allow those living in Melbourne to apply for it. Interested applicants should review the application instructions and eligibility requirements before submitting an ROI. Successful applicants are reminded that they would be required to relocate to the Victoria region.

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