Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 494

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 494

The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 494 is designed for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia. This visa has two streams:

  • Employer Sponsored Stream
  • Labour Agreement Stream

Employer Sponsored Stream

Eligibility for Employer Sponsored Stream:

To qualify for the Employer Sponsored Stream of the 494 Visa Australia, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Age: Be less than 45 years old at the time of visa application unless you are an exempt person such as an academic, medical practitioner, scientist, researcher, or you hold a Special visa category subclass 444 or New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa subclass 461.
  • Nomination: Be nominated by an employer whose business is lawfully operating in Australia and located in a designated regional area of Australia. The employer needs to be an approved standard business sponsor or at least have lodged the application for standard business sponsorship.
  • Skills and Qualifications: Have relevant skills and qualifications to perform the tasks of the nominated occupation.
  • Skills Assessment: Obtain a positive skills assessment in the nominated occupation unless you are exempted, such as a university lecturer or holder of special visa category subclass 444.
  • Work Experience: Have a minimum of three years of employment experience, preferably in the last five years.
  • English Proficiency: Have a competent level of English unless you are an exempt person.
  • Health and Character: Meet health and character requirements.
  • Visa Status: If in Australia, you must not have had a visa canceled or refused.

Visa Stay:

  • Duration: 5 years

Further Pathway:

  • Permanent Visa: You can apply for the permanent visa subclass 191 after living and working for three years for the nominator employer.

Visa Costs:

  • Fees: From AUD 4,045

Labour Agreement Stream

The Labour Agreement Stream is only for skilled workers nominated by employers who have a labor agreement in place with the Australian Government.

How to Apply for the Visa Subclass 494

To apply for the Skilled Employer Sponsored Visa Australia, follow these steps:

  1. Check Eligibility: Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for the chosen stream.
  2. Nomination: Secure a nomination from an approved sponsor in a designated regional area.
  3. Prepare Documents: Gather necessary documentation including skills assessment, proof of work experience, and evidence of English proficiency.
  4. Lodge Application: Submit your application online through the Department of Home Affairs website.
  5. Await Decision: The processing time may vary, so be prepared to provide additional information if requested.

Contact Green Leaf Migration for expert assistance throughout the application process. Our team of experienced migration agents can help you understand the requirements, prepare your documentation, and increase your chances of a successful application. We provide personalized support to guide you every step of the way.

The Skilled Employer Sponsored Provisional Visa Australia is a great opportunity for skilled workers to live and work in regional Australia with a pathway to permanent residency. Ensure you meet all eligibility criteria and gather all necessary documentation to improve your chances of a successful application.

Contact Green Leaf Migration for professional guidance and support throughout the process. Let us help you make your Australian dream a reality.