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Subclass 494

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa

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Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa

Employer Sponsored Stream - Subclass 494

It allows regional employers to address the labour shortages by bringing in skilled workers where employers cannot source a suitably skilled Australian worker within their region.

Employer Sponsored Stream requirements

  • Must nominate an occupation listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic List or Regional Occupation List
  • Must have at least 3 years relevant working experience in the nominated occupation or related field
  • Must have a positive Skilled Assessment assessed by the relevant authority
  • Must work only for your sponsor or associated entity, unless exemptions imply to your circumstances
  • Must be under 45 years old, unless exemptions imply to your circumstances
  • Must have at least a Competent English (eg. IELTS at least minimum 6 each band)

How much it will cost

The visa (government) fee starts from AUD4,045.

Stay duration

The applicant can stay for five years in Australia.

Processing time

Processing of visa is a case by case basis. Circumstances vary on the action done in the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 494) application.

Being Employer Sponsored Stream visa holder

  • Work, live and study for 5 years in the designated regional areas in Australia
  • Enjoy travelling to and from Australia for 5 years
  • May apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time the visa is granted

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa

Subsequent Entrant - Subclass 494

It allows a member of a family unit of a visa holder of Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) (Provisional) visa (Subclass 494) to apply for separate SESR visa and would like to join the primary Subclass 494 or SESR visa holder in Australia.

Subsequent Entrant requirements

  • Must be a member of a family unit of a primary Subclass 494 or SESR visa holder.

How much it will cost

The visa (government) fee starts from AUD4,045.

Stay duration

The applicant can stay for five years in Australia.

Processing time

Processing of visa is a case by case basis. Circumstances vary on the action done in the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 494) application.

Being Subsequent Entrant visa holder

  • Work, live and study for 5 years in the designated regional areas in Australia
  • Enjoy travelling to and from Australia for 5 years
  • Stay in Australia as long as the visa is valid

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