If you are a skilled person who wants to live and work in Australia, you may apply for a Skilled Visa. Skilled Independent (189) and Skilled State Sponsored (190) visas are granted to skilled professionals who qualify for the General Skilled Migration Program and can score a minimum of 65 on the points test. The application involves being granted an invitation under Expression of Interest (EOI) to lodge a Permanent Residence visa application. Skilled Provisional Regional Visas (491) are granted for 5 years on the other hand, and can be applied for by skilled workers who want to work and live in regional parts of Australia. This provides a pathway to apply for permanent resident status after 3 years. This application involves being sponsored by a state or territory in regional Australia or by a family member living in regional Australia.