The Department of Home Affairs commenced the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494) on 16th November 2019 with a new permanent visa pathway from November 2022. The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494) replaces the 187 RSMS visa. The 494 visa will be valid for five years and visa holders must live, study and work in a specified regional area. Additionally, eligible family members can be included in the application. A total of 9,000 places will be allocated to the 494 visa program every year. The 494 visa does not grant immediate permanent residency. You can however apply for the Skilled Regional Permanent Residency Visa (Subclass 191) once you meet certain eligibility criteria.
The 494 visa application process is made up of three important stages:
To sponsor someone for the 494 visa, the business must first apply and be approved as a sponsor or have a labour agreement in place. In order to, obtain sponsorship approval, the business must:
Sponsorships for start-up and overseas businesses are generally valid for 18 months and 5 years for established businesses in Australia. The business can sponsor overseas workers for the duration of their sponsorship.
To nominate a position under the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494) the employer must:
To apply for a visa under the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494), the applicant must meet the requirements under either the employer sponsored stream or the labour agreement stream.
Employer sponsored stream, applicant must:
Labour Agreement Stream, applicant must:
If you are granted the 494 visa, you need to meet the following obligations:
If you do not comply with the conditions of your visa:
We have outlined the fees that are most likely to be incurred in Australian Dollars. Fees can increase without notice, so the fees can vary at the time of application.
There are a range of different factor that determine how long it takes for the 494 visa to be granted. The skills assessment application process can take 10 days to a few months depending on the skills assessing authority. For visa processing times please refer to the information on the Department of Home Affairs website for https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-processing-times/global-visa-processing-times#
The 494 visa allows you and your dependents to:
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