Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494)

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494)

The Skilled Employer Regional sponsored visa allows applicants to live and work in a designated regional area for 5 years. The intention behind this visa is to compensate for skill shortage in designated regional areas by allowing regional employers to sponsor skilled workers if they are unable to fill positions through skilled Australian workers.  This visa provides a permanent visa pathway to applicants once they meet eligibility criteria of Subclass 191 which is essentially living and working in a regional area for more than 3 years with a sponsoring employer along with meeting minimum income threshold. Applicants are not required to go through point test or EOI process again when applying for subclass 191. 

 

Subclass 494 has 3 streams:

Employer Sponsored stream:

Criteria:

  • Must be nominated by an approved work sponsor.
  • Nominated occupation must be on the relevant skilled occupation list.
  • Must have suitable skill assessment for the occupation by relevant assessing authority.
  • Must be under 45 years of age.
  • Must meet English requirements.
  • Must meet health, character and any other requirements as specified under legislation.

Labour Agreement stream:

Criteria:

  • Occupation must be part of the labour agreement between the commonwealth and nominator.
  • Must fulfill skill assessment and experience requirements for the occupation as per Labour agreement.
  • Must be under 45 years of age unless stated otherwise in labour agreement.
  • Must meet English language requirements as per labour agreement.
  • Must meet health, character and any other requirements as specified under legislation.

Subsequent entrant:

This stream is for family members of existing subclass 494 visa holders. Family members need to provide evidence of relationship and meet health, character and any other requirements as specified under legislation.

What is the difference between Subclass 494 and Subclass 482?

One major difference is greater flexibility in the number of occupations available in Subclass 494. For example, “cook” is only available for short term stream of 482 with no pathway to PR whereas it is available for subclass 494 with pathway to permanent residency (Subclass 191).

Do I need employer sponsorship for subclass 494?

Yes, Subclass 494 visa is an employer sponsored visa.