Migrate to Australia as a Pharmacist on Regional Sponsored Subclass 491 Visa in 2023 || Pharmacist Subclass 491 PR Visa

Australia ranks among the top destinations that have the highest pay for pharmacists. This is one of the major reasons why pharmacists all across the world migrate to Australia in search of better pay and better career opportunities.

This type of visa is available to healthcare professionals who have passed the healthcare exam. For example, if you are a pharmacist and have completed the KAPS exam and English requirements, you can apply for any of these visas if you meet the requirements.

There are a total of 5 VISA types that can be your gateway to enter Australia.

In our previous blog, we explored subclass 190 visas; in this blog, we will discuss subclass 491 visas.

To become a pharmacist in Australia, you need to follow a step-by-step procedure that will help you pursue your dream of becoming a registered immigrant pharmacist.

Overseas Pharmacists’ steps involved to Migrate Australia

Please read the following if you wish to learn more about the retail or hospital pharmacist migration process to Australia in 2023.

Hospital Pharmacist registration and migration to Australia on PR VISA

Retail Pharmacist registration and migration on PR Visa to Australia

In this blog we are going to discuss permanent resident visa subclass 190, rest of the visa subclass discusses in separate blogs.

Pharmacists Can Apply subclass 491 regional Visa?

Subclass 491 Visa processing time

On average 3-6 months.

Subclass 491 visa (Regional Sponsored Visa)

The new skilled work regional 491 visa (Subclass 491 Visa) is a provisional visa that enables all skilled workers to live, pursue education, and work in appointed areas of Australia and their families. This visa is valid for a tenure of 5 years.

This is a provisional visa. It is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​stay in Australia for 5 years
  • live, work and study in a designated regional area of Australia
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want, while the visa is valid​
  • apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time your visa is granted​

Basic Eligibility

You must:

  • be nominated to apply by a state or territory government agency, or an eligible relative must sponsor you
  • have an occupation on a relevant state skilled occupation list
  • have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation (KAPS exam passed)
  • be invited to apply (invited by the state/eligible relative)
  • satisfy the points test (minimum 65 points need including 15 points from state sponsorship)
  • Need to have competent English
  • Need to have good health and character
  • Your age should be under 45 years.

You need to provide all the supporting documents for the information provided in your EOI:

There is a requirement of the following:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Skills assessment
  • Evidence for financial dependency
  • Adoption papers (case specific)
  • Medical reports addressing the condition of the applicant

The following are the documents associated with your claims on EOI that you need to provide:

If you have a sponsor, then your sponsor needs to provide the following:

  • Age proof (18 years and above)
  • Declaration by your sponsor
  • Proof of being an eligible relative
  • Permanent residency proof

Subclass 491 Visa Fee

Subclass 491 visaFess AUD
Main applicant fee$4240 AUD
Dependents fee-$2120 AUD (Applicable for 18 years and above)
-$1060 AUD (Applicable for 18 years and below)

Family members who seek for a visa must be in good health and have a moral personality.


Working as an overseas pharmacist in Australia is a demanding yet rewarding option. You need to be thorough with your roadmap to ace the exam and pursue your career as a pharmacist. helps pharmacists aspiring to pursue their dream of working as a pharmacists abroad. Academically helps you prepare for the KAPS exam while also guiding you through-and-through with the registration and interview processes.  

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More information about the Subclass 491 visa, please visit homeaffairs website.

Note: To the best of our ability, we give all information in a correct manner, although errors are possible. We cannot guarantee that this information is accurate, complete, or current.

Dr. Akram Ahmad, PhD is the brainchild of Dr. Akram Ahmad. He has done his PhD from the Faculty of Medicine and Health, the University of Sydney, Australia. He is a self-motivated clinical pharmacist and committed lecturer with over 9 years of teaching and research experience in various subjects of medicine at the leading Universities in Australia, Malaysia, and India.

Dr. Akram is the recipient of prestigious “Best Promising Researcher Award” from the UCSI University (Malaysia). He has also published over 110 papers, book chapters, conference papers including in high-impact journals. In addition to that, he is a reviewer and editorial board member in
several journals of medicine and pharmacy.

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