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Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa

Subclass 494 allows employers in regional areas to identify and meet labour shortages within their region by sponsoring skilled workers from outside. An employer unable to find an appropriately skilled Australian worker may be able to source and hire a migrant for this purpose.

The Department allocates around 10,000 places for this visa stream each year. The 494 visa subclass requires an employer sponsorship from a regional employer, and the said employment position should likely be available for the next five years. This visa has an age limit of 45 years. Visa applicants should have employment experience in the nominated occupation with the relevant skillset for at least three years, and the applicants are also required to qualify a suitable skill assessment and have competent English at the time of application.

How does a Subclass 494 Regional Temporary Migration Visa Work

To apply for subclass 494, an applicant must be nominated by an employer operating his business lawfully in a designated regional area of Australia. The nominated employment would require the applicant to work in a specified position or the nominated occupation of the sponsoring business or an associate business entity of that business.

The visa applicant should be able to demonstrate that he qualifies for nomination and has adequate skills, work experience, and qualifications required to perform the job role of the nominated occupation. An applicant would be required to undergo a positive skill assessment to demonstrate this. An applicant must have his skills assessed as suitable for the nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority. The assessment will confirm that the applicant has adequate skills to work in the nominated occupation. The skills assessment must be undertaken before the application is lodged.

The validity period of the visa is five years, and once the applicant is granted a subclass 494 visa, various conditions will be imposed on the applicant:

  • The applicant would be required to live, work, and study in a designated regional area only.
  • The applicant must work only in the nominated occupation. Work in a different occupation would not be permitted unless the applicant applies for and is granted a new Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa.
  • The applicant must start work within 90 days of- arriving in Australia if the applicant was outside Australia when the visa was granted; receiving the visa if the applicant was in Australia when the visa was granted.
  • The applicant must not marry or enter into a de-facto relationship before his entry to Australia on this visa.
  • The applicant must notify the Department if there are any changes in his passport or contact details.
  • The applicant must be able to provide additional evidence related to his work experience, education, and residence if requested.
  • The applicant must attend an interview (if asked for) in connection with the Department’s queries for the grant of this visa.

The applicant must fulfil the required eligibility conditions at all times; if there is a failure to do so, the visa may get cancelled.

Understanding Regional Areas; most locations of Australia outside major cities such as Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne have been classed as designated regional areas for migration purposes. The Department of Home Affairs has circulated the list of postcodes considered as regional areas for the purposes of the Australian visas. Some of the popular regional areas include Perth, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Sunshine Coast, Lake Macquarie, Geelong, Newcastle, Wollongong, and Canberra.

A holder of a subclass 494 visa will not be able to apply for other skills-based visa streams in Australia unless they have completed at least three years of work and stay condition in a designated regional area unless exceptional circumstances allow otherwise. Like in the case of the previous subclass 457 and 482 visa program, the holders of the new provisional visa can also be negatively impacted by any non-compliance on the part of the sponsor.

What are the Eligibility Requirements for a Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa

To be able to apply for the visa subclass 494 under the regional temporary migration route, an applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The applicant must be under 45 years of age at the time of application (exemptions apply).
  • The applicant must be nominated by an approved sponsor from a designated regional area.
  • The applicant must be able to prove his English language ability and demonstrate that he possesses Competent English at the time of application.
  • The applicant must demonstrate that he has the adequate skills, qualifications, and work experience required to perform the duties of the nominated occupation:-
    • The applicant must have been employed in the nominated occupation, at the required skill level required, on a full-time basis for a minimum of 3 years. This work experience should be within the last five years of applying for the visa subclass. The required three year period does not need to be in continuity, but it should be within the five-year time frame.
    • The application should have obtained a positive skill assessment for possessing the relevant skills required in the nominated occupation.
  • The applicant must meet the specified health and character requirements as set out by the Department.
  • The candidate must ensure they pay back all the dues owed to the Australian Government (if there is any) or have made adequate payback arrangements.
  • The applicant (if above sixteen) must sign a values statement to confirm they will obey the Australian laws and living rules.

Additionally, the employer sponsoring the applicant for the Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa is required to ensure the following with respect to the nominated occupation and employment requirements:

  • The sponsor or the employer must be located in a designated regional Australia only;
  • The nominated occupation required by the employer should be on the skilled occupation list of eligible occupations in the state where the business is located.
  • The employment position should be a full time one and be available (required) for the next five years.
  • The applicant will not be allowed to move between jobs but will have 90 days to find a new nominator.
  • The employer should obtain the required approvals from the Regional Certifying Body (RCB).
  • The employer is required to pay as per the Australian Market Salary Rate (AMSR).

The applicant is not allowed to apply for any other skilled/permanent resident visa or partner visa 820 for three years. The shared information is exclusive but not exhaustive, and the applicants are advised to go through the complete eligibility requirements before applying. For more information on visa conditions, please contact our immigration consultants to assist you through the entire process. Our agents will assist you on your application from start to finish.

Why Apply for a Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored (Regional) Visa

Individuals applying for a Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional Visa enjoys certain benefits which are:

  • Allowed to live, work, and study in regional Australia for five years.
  • Allowed to travel to and fro from Australia for up to five years
  • Allowed access to Australian health care program-Medicare
  • If eligible, allowed to apply for a Permanent Residence after three years from the time of visa grant:-
    • A holder of visa subclass 494, if eligible, can apply for permanent residence without going for a second nomination stage through the subclass 191 visa, which shall commence on November 16, 2022.
    • The subclass 494 visa holder must live and work for a minimum of three years in the nominated occupation in the regional area to get a Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) 191 Visa.

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