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GSM Temporary Residency (Provisional) Visas

A General Skilled Migration Provisional or temporary visa allows the holder to enter Australia and live and work in Australia for a specified period. These visas provide a pathway for obtaining permanent residency in Australia. Provisional visas are easier to obtain than permanent residency visas.

Provisional visa holders must meet the GSM permanent residency visa requirements to be granted permanent residency. That is, being the holder of a GSM Provisional visa is no guarantee that you will also be granted a GSM permanent residency visa.

The current provisional or temporary general skilled migration visas are subclasses 476, 485 and 489.

The GSM Provisional to Permanent Visa Process

Provisional Visa (may lead to) Permanent Visa
Subclass 476 or 485
🡺 Subclass 189 (Skilled - Independent)
Subclass 476 or 485
🡺 Subclass 190 (Skilled - Nominated)
Subclass 4891
🡺 Subclass 887 (Regional - Residence)
Subclass 4912
🡺 Subclass 191 (Regional - Residence)

Note: Please see Visa Lawyer’s Migration Dictionary for eligible student visa definition.

In some circumstances where the provisional visa is approaching expiration, if the applicant has obtained a Bridging visa on the basis of a valid application for a substantive visa, they are able to apply for a permanent visa.

1You will not be able to apply for a subclass 489 or 887 visa from 16 November 2019. Holders of a current 489 visa prior to this date will continue to have access to the subclass 887 residence visa.

2The 491 and 191 subclasses will be made available from 16 November 2019.

Updated 6 June 2013.