Subclass 494 visa – the first stage of the pr regional skilled visa pathway
Subclass 494 visa is the first stage of a Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa. Although it is a temporary visa, visa holders can be entitled to some valuable benefits of a permanent resident.
To increase your chances of being granted visa 494, keep scrolling to know more about the requirements of this visa!
What is a subclass 494 visa?
Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa – Subclass 494 is a visa that allows workers to live and work temporarily in designated regional areas of Australia.
Applicants must be sponsored by an eligible Australian employer.
Which stream of a Subclass 494 suits you?
The subclass 494 visa includes 2 streams:
- Employer Sponsored stream: For workers whose occupations are listed on Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 494).
- Labour Agreement stream: For skilled workers nominated by Australia employers that have a labour agreement.
The benefits of a Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa
|Residency||To live in Australia for 5 years.|
|Study and work||To study and work in designated regional areas of Australia.|
Attend a free Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).
|Health care||Access Medicare – Australia’s universal health insurance scheme.|
|Multiple entries||To travel in and outside Australia within the visa validity.|
|Family members||Allow your eligible family members to apply for the visa together with you.|
|Permanent residency||Apply for a Subclass 191 visa after 3 years of holding Subclass 494 and meeting other requirements (refer to Visa Subclass 191 for more detailed information).|
Subclass 494 visa is the first stage of the regional skilled visa pathway that can help you to live in Australia permanently.
Make sure you are well prepared not only to meet the requirements of the 494 visa but also for the following PR visa. Contact VEM for more information.
The requirements of a subclass 494
For the employers
- Must be nominated by an approved sponsor whose business is lawfully operating in Australia.
- Must be employed to work in the nominated occupation and in a position within the sponsoring business or an associated entity of that business, located in a designated regional area of Australia.
- Before you can apply for the visa, your employer will need to lodge a nomination application for you. They will only be able to do this if they are an approved work sponsor or have at least lodged an application to become a standard business sponsor.
For the applicants (sponsored workers)
|Sponsorship||Must be sponsored by an eligible Australian employer.|
|Age limit||From 18 to 44 years of age.|
|Work experience||Have at least 3 years of work experience for the nominated occupation.|
|Skills assessment||Pass the skills assessment (if required).|
|English language proficiency||Must have competent English (details provided in the next section)|
|Health and character||Meet the health and character requirements.|
|Place to lodge/ to be granted a visa||Can be in or outside Australia.|
As we mentioned above, English language competency is one of the compulsory requirements when applying for a Subclass 494. You need to have one of the following certificate:
|IELTS||At least 6.0 in each of 4 parts.|
|PTE Academic||At least 50 for each of the 4 components.|
|OET||At least score B in each part.|
|Cambridge C1 Advanced test||At least score 169 in total.|
The English test result date must be within 3 years when lodging the Subclass 485 visa application.
The process of applying for visa 494
- Step 1: Checks whether the sponsor and the applicant meet the 494 visa requirements.
- Step 2: The sponsor lodges a Standard Business Sponsorship application.
- Step 3: The employer submits a nomination for the applicant.
- Step 4: The applicant prepares documents and lodge a Subclass 494 application.
- Step 5: The applicant provides additional documents (if required).
- Step 6: The applicant receives a visa 494.
Contact VEM! It is always better to get assistance from a professional expert to have a smooth and hassle-free immigration process.
The cost of a subclass 494
|Fee for the main applicant (in AUD)||Fee for the additional applicant (in AUD)|
For applicants do not meet English requirements:
Note: The fees listed above do not include a 1.4% surcharge.
Note that you may not get any refund if your visa application is refused.
Subclass 494 visa processing time
|Employer Sponsored stream||Labour Agreement stream|
|75% of applications||12 months||5 months|
|90% of applications||14 months||8 months|
Frequently asked questions
- No point test is required.
- After 3 years of holding a Subclass 494 visa, you can apply for a Subclass 191 visa for permanent residency.
No. But you can apply for a Subclass 191 visa for permanent residency after 3 years of holding Subclass 494 visa and meeting other requirements (Contact VEM for further information).
Yes, if you’re approved by the Foreign Investment Review Board.
You can choose any occupation in the relevant skilled occupation list, or approved by the Australian government (for Labour Agreement stream). Contact VEM for more information.
No. But you can apply for a Subclass 191 visa for permanent residency after 3 years of holding a Subclass 494 visa.
No. You have to submit them at the same time.
Yes. The applicants must be under 45 years of age at the time of making the visa application.
No, you have to start the whole process again with the new sponsor.
No. When holding visa 494, you can access Medicare – Australia’s universal health insurance scheme.
Melbourne is not a designated regional area for a subclass 494 visa. You need to check the postcode of the company to find whether it is in designated regional areas. It’s best to contact VEM for further assistance.
Yes. You can also consider whether you meet the requirements to apply for the Subclass 186 visa to become an Australia permanent resident.
- Subclass 820/801: Partner visa.
- Subclass 132: Business Talent (Permanent) visa.
- Subclass 186: Employer Nomination Scheme visa.
- Subclass 188: Business Innovation and Investment visa.
- Subclass 189: Skilled Independent visa.
- Subclass 190: Skilled Nominated visa.
- Subclass 858: Distinguished Talent visa.
We accompany our clients for their whole immigration journey. Contact VEM for further assistance.
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