491 Family Sponsored Visa
Can a family member sponsor my visa to Australia?
491 Family Sponsored Visa
This visa is probably the most common visa for family sponsored visas. The visa is an open 5 year work visa that converts to permanent residency.
The problem with this visa is that:
- There is a very low number of these visas issued each year. Consequently, these are very difficult to obtain.
- Plus your relative must live in a regional area. If your family member lives in a major city, then they cannot sponsor your visa.
- You must pass a skill assessment in an occupation on the MLTSSL
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18 years old or older
usually resident in a designated area of Australia
be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen
be your or your partner’s eligible relative
491 Visa Requirements
A Positive Skill Assessment for an occupation on the MLTSSL
Aged between 18 – 45 years old
Minimum of 6 in IELTS or holder of approved passports
Eligible relative living in a designated regional area
Meet health and character requirements
Minimum of 65 points in the skilled migration points test
491 Family Sponsored Stream
Here are the steps you need to take before receiving an invitation to apply for the visa.
Pass a skill assessment in an occupation on the relevant occupation list (MLTSSL)
Submit an Expression of Interest. You currently need at least 90 – 95 to be invited.
Once you receive an invitation you can apply for the visa through the immi account.
Limited number of visas available
On top of this, the 491 visa is points tested and you must pass a skill assessment in a relevant occupation before you can apply. Because it is such a popular visa, you currently need to have at least 90 – 95 points to be invited to apply for the visa.
On the other hand, applicants who apply for the hand 491 – State Nominated Stream, often receive an invitation with as much fewer points.
Other Family Sponsored Visas
Perhaps you could study a course in Australia that may lead to future work visas.
If you have a parent living overseas and you are a permanent resident or citizen of Australia, you may be able to sponsor your parent’s visa to live in Australia. Please note these visas are very expensive and take A LONG time to process.
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