Subclass 494 visa – an important step for Permanent Skilled visa
A Subclass 494 visa is a temporary Skilled visa that has been officially issued by the Australian Government on 16th November, 2019.It is a step forward for workers to get a Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa – Subclass 191. This visa will bring many great benefits to its applicants. Let’s check out the rest of the article for more information.
What is a Subclass 494 visa?
It’s a regional Skilled visa in replacement for a Subclass 489 since 16th November, 2019. It’s also known as the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) 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 for 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 for 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.
Benefits of an Australian Subclass 494 visa
With this visa, applicants can:
- Living and working in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years.
- Applying for Australian permanent resident status after 3 years.
- Having multiple travels between your country and Australia.
For more information about the benefits of Subclass 494 visa, contact VEM today. Our professional migration consultant who is licensed by the Australian Government (MARN: 1577877) will support you to make the best use of these benefits.
The requirements of a Subclass 494 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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The cost of a Subclass 494 visa
The visa application fee is 4,115AUD (not including 1.4% surcharge) for every stream of this visa subclass. There are also other costs for health and police checks.
Any kind of refund is impossible when your application is rejected. Besides, when the Department of Home Affairs rejects your visa for the first time, any further visa applications in the future will be much more difficult.
Hence, you are strongly advised to choose a professional registered migration agency to save you some time and money.
Processing times of a Subclass 494 visa
There is no specific processing time for this subclass according to the DHA’s website.
Moreover, your application might take longer if you are misleading and do not include all the documents that are required or fill it in the wrong way. It takes the DHA longer to verify your information. Your processing could also not be done by paying the wrong application charge.
VEM will help you step by step with your documents, fees and applications. Do not hesitate to contact us for help. It is our pleasure to assist you!
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