VEM provides you information about a Subclass 494 visa
A Skilled Employer Sponsored Visa is officially issued by Australian Government on 16.11.2019. It is a one step forward for workers to get a Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa – Subclass 191. Let’s explore this visa with VEM.
What is a Subclass 494 visa?
This Subclass visa allows regional employers to sponsor overseas skilled people to work for their businesses. This visa has 2 streams: Employer Sponsor and Labour Agreement.
If nominated occupations are not on the occupation list of Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa – Subclass 494, employers need to deal with the DHA for an agreement to be able to sponsor skilled people for the positions they need.
Employer Sponsored Stream
To be eligible for this stream, you (applicants) must be nominated/sponsored by an Australian business/organization that is operating lawfully and located in a designated regional area in Australia.
You are required to have at least 3 years relevant work experience and pass the skills assessment. This visa stream allows you to work and live in a regional area up to 5 years, during which, you can apply for permanent residence visa – Subclass 191 if you have fulfilled the 3 years of work and living in this location.
Labour Agreement Stream
To be eligible for this stream, you must be nominated/sponsored by an Australian business/organization which has a labour agreement with the Australian government.
Similarly to Employer Sponsored Stream, you are also required to have at least 3 years relevant work experience and pass the skills assessment related to your occupation.
This visa stream also allows you to work and live in a regional area up to 5 years, during which, you can apply for permanent residence visa – Subclass 191 if you have fulfilled the 3 years of work and living in this location.
Contact VEM’s consultants for more details about each stream of a Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa – Subclass 494.
Benefits of a Subclass 494 visa
- Living and working in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years.
- Applying for Australian permanent resident after 3 years.
- Having multiple travels between your country and Australia.
Requirements for a Skilled Employer Sponsored Visa
- Must be under 45 years old (there are exemptions).
- Must be nominated/sponsored by an Australian business/organization that is lawfully and located in designated regional areas of Australia.
- Must pass the skill assessments related to the nominated occupation.
- Must have 3 years experience in the nominated occupation.
- Must meet competent English, health and character requirements.
- Must not have had a visa cancelled or an application refused.
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Cost of a Subclass 494 visa
The visa application fee is 4,045AUD (not including 1.4% surcharge) for every stream of this visa subclass. There are also other costs for health and police checks.
Please contact us for more details about your visa application fee.
Processing time of a Subclass 494 visa
There is no specific processing time for this subclass according to the DHA’s website.
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Q&A about a Subclass 494 visa
Designated regional areas are most of Australia, except Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Yes, you do. Your employer must be operating lawfully and located in designated areas Australia to sponsor/nominate you.
Yes, you can. You can change for a new employer. However, your new employer must apply to nominate/sponsor you and meet the requirements of the Department of Home Affairs.
Yes. You can become an Australian permanent resident if you meet the requirements to apply for PR Visa Subclass 191.
Contact VEM’s migration consultant if you have any further information.