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The 494 Skilled Regional (Provisional) has replaced the 187 (RSMS) visa regime. It enables those sponsored by eligible employers to live and work in a region of Australia listed on the 494 skilled occupation list for five years where they can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker.
This visa is an alternative for those who do not meet the requirements of other visas (including Subclass 482) and can be used as a step toward permanent residency.
Eligible 494 sponsors can enjoy the below privileges:
Eligible 494 applicants can enjoy the below privileges:
There are three streams for Subclass 494 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.
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.
This visa enables regional employers to sponsor members of the family unit of a Skilled Employee who is applying separately for their visa to join the primary visa holder in Australia.
To be eligible as a sponsor for a Subclass 494 visa, you must:
To be nominated for a Subclass 494 Visa, the sponsoring employer must:
To be eligible for a Subclass 494 - Employer Sponsored visa, you must be:
Step 1: Sponsorship
To begin applying for Subclass 494, the sponsoring employer needs to be an approved standard business sponsor. If the current employer is not an approved sponsor, we can assist in applying for standard business sponsorship.
Step 2: Nomination
To begin applying for Subclass 494, your sponsoring employer needs to nominate you for a permanent position in your nominated occupation.
Step 3: Regional Certifying Body Approval
When you nominate someone for a Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Direct Entry visa stream, the position you nominate them for must be assessed by a regional certifying body. Regional certifying body assessments give the Department information about local labour market conditions and other relevant regional matters.
Step 4: Visa Application
Once nomination and RCB has been applied for, we will help you apply for Subclass 494 visa.
We have summarised the costs for a Subclass 494 application.
It is possible to apply for a permanent Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa after living and working in a regional area for at least 3 years.
Unlike the transitional pathway 186 or 187 visas, the Subclass 191 visa does not require:
Applicants, however, must still meet certain income requirements and be able to prove their residence in regional Australia for the 3-year period.
75% of applications are processed in: 8 months
90% of applications are processed in: 10 months
On 18 February 2022, the Department extended Subclass 494 for three years for visa holders affected by COVID-19 international travel restrictions.
The Department has also extended visas for Subclass 494 visa holders where the primary visa holder was outside of Australia at any time between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 (inclusive) as the holder of a valid Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa.
The visa extensions will give affected visa holders time to make travel arrangements to start or resume living and working in regional Australia.