Regional Employer Sponsored Visa (Subclass 494)

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Regional Employer Sponsored Visa

This visa enables regional employers to address identified labour shortages within their region by sponsoring skilled workers where employers can't source an appropriately skilled Australian worker

The 494 Visa

Visa Stream

There are three streams for the 494 visa;

Employer-Sponsored Stream
This visa enables regional employers to address identified labour shortages within their region by sponsoring skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker.

  • You can live, work and study only in designated regional areas of Australia
  • You can apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time your visa is granted

Labour Agreement Stream 
This stream is for skilled workers nominated by employers who have a labour agreement. Labour agreements are developed between the Australian Government (represented by the Department) and employers.

  • ​​​​​​​​Your employer has to have a labour agreement with the Australian government in effect

Subsequent Entrant
This visa is for members of the family unit of a Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (SESR) (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) holder who is applying separately for their SESR visa and wishes to join the primary SESR visa holder in Australia.

  • ​​​​​​​​This is for members of the family unit of SESR visa holders.

 

How to apply?

There are three steps to the application process.

Applicant Requirments

  • Be nominated to work in an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • Have at least 3 years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation
  • Have a relevant skills assessment, unless an exemption applies
  • Work only for your sponsor or associated entity, unless an exemption applies
  • Be under 45 years of age, unless an exemption applies
  • Meet minimum standards of English language proficiency

Employer Requirments

  • Be an eligible business
  • be or have applied to be a Standard Business Sponsor
  • Pay the Skilling Australians Fund levy when you nominate an applicant

What can you do?

With a granted 494 visa you can:

  • Live, work and study only in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years
  • Travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • If eligible, apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time your visa is granted

The Process

Make your desiered visa a reality with our easy 4-step process. Our expert, registered migration agents will handle all the nitty gritty, just sit back and relax untill a decision is made!

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