Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 494

This is a provisional visa introduced in November 2019. It has been designed to update the Subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme) visa. Subclass 494 visa will allow you to stay in Australia for a period of 5 years from when your visa is granted.

It has 10,000 places per year and you must be employed to work in the nominated occupation and in a position within the sponsoring business or an associated entity of that business, located in a designated regional area of Australia.

To be eligible for nomination:

  • The employer must be located within a designated regional area of Australia (excludes employers in Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth and Melbourne)
  • The position is on the relevant occupation list (over 700 occupations)
  • The employer will need approval from the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) in the nomination area
  • The position must be full time, genuine and likely to be available for 5 or more years
  • Applicant must be paid at the market salary rate

To be eligible for nomination:

  • Applicant must hold a suitable skills assessment
  • Applicant must have at least three years of full time and relevant skilled work experience
  • Applicant must be under 45 years of age
  • Applicant must demonstrate Competent English

The 494 is a 5 years visa. Holders can access permanent residence through the Skilled Regional (Subclass 191) pathway. The Skilled Residence (Permanent Residence) – Subclass 191 will be available from November 2022.

To be eligible for 191 visas:

  • Holders must have worked in the designated regional area for at least 3 years while holding a 494 visa
  • Holder must show earnings of at least $53,900 annually for 3 years. If you have a partner included in your 494 application, only one needs to show the 3 years of annual salary at or above $53,900 and this person is likely to become the main applicant

Applicants do not need to be nominated by an employer to make an application for the 191 visa.

How Sydney Visa can assist:

Our aim is to support our clients from initial assessment through to the visa grant and subsequent relocation to Australia. Therefore, Sydney Visa offers Comprehensive Employer Sponsored Visa Application package as well as Australian job search services.