The Skilled — Designated Area Sponsored visa (subclass 496) closed to new applications on 1 September 2007. You might be able to get the
Skilled — Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).
Members of your family unit might be able to get the
Skilled — Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) if you already hold this visa and they want to join you in Australia
The visa application charges are listed in
Fees and charges.
You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.
The Skilled — Designated Area Sponsored visa (subclass 496) closed to new applications on 1 September 2007.
If information needs to be updated, contact the Adelaide General Skilled Migration (GSM) processing centre.
This information is for people who have already been granted a Skilled — Designated Area Sponsored visa (subclass 496). It explains your rights and obligations.
You can use
Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.
How long your visa lasts
This visa is valid for four years after you first enter Australia.
What this visa lets you do
This visa allows you and your dependent family members who also hold a subclass 496 visa to:
- live, work and study in Australia
- become eligible to apply for permanent residence
- travel to and from Australia any number of times as long as the visa is valid.
You cannot access Medicare, family assistance or social security benefits.
You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.
Report changes in circumstances
You must tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.
Please report changes in your circumstances via ImmiAccount. If you are not able to use ImmiAccount, you can use the following forms:
If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.