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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.

 

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What is a subclass 494 visa?

 

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

 

ResidencyTo live in Australia for 5 years.
Study and workTo study and work in designated regional areas of Australia.

Attend a free Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).

Health careAccess Medicare – Australia’s universal health insurance scheme.
Multiple entriesTo travel in and outside Australia within the visa validity.
Family membersAllow your eligible family members to apply for the visa together with you.
Permanent residencyApply 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).

 

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The benefits of a Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa

 

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.

 

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The requirements of a subclass 494

 

For the applicants (sponsored workers)

 

SponsorshipMust be sponsored by an eligible Australian employer.
Age limitFrom 18 to 44 years of age.
Work experienceHave at least 3 years of work experience for the nominated occupation.
Skills assessmentPass the skills assessment (if required).
English language proficiencyMust have competent English (details provided in the next section)
Health and characterMeet the health and character requirements.
Police checks
    • No criminal record.
    • No debt to the Australian government.
    • Have never got a visa refusal or cancellation.
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:

 

IELTSAt least 6.0 in each of 4 parts.
TOEFL iBT
    • Listening: at least 12 points.
    • Reading: at least 13 points.
    • Writing: at least 21 points.
    • Speaking: at least 18 points
PTE AcademicAt least 50 for each of the 4 components.
OETAt least score B in each part.
Cambridge C1 Advanced testAt 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.

 

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The process of applying for 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)
First instalment4,640
    • From and over 18 years of age: 2,320.
    • Under 18 years of age: 1,160.
Second instalment0

For applicants do not meet English requirements:

    • Over 18 years of age: 4,890.
    • Under 18 years of age: 0.

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.

 

494 visa cost
The cost of a subclass 494

 

Subclass 494 visa processing time

 

 Employer Sponsored streamLabour Agreement stream
50% of applications4 months49 days
90% of applications6 months5 months

 

Frequently asked questions

What are the notable advantages of the Subclass 494 visa?
    • 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.

Can I live in Australia permanently with visa 494?

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).

Can I buy a house in Australia when holding visa 494?

Yes, if you’re approved by the Foreign Investment Review Board.

Which job should I take to apply for visa 494?

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.

Can I extend visa 494 to stay in Australia longer?

No. But you can apply for a Subclass 191 visa for permanent residency after 3 years of holding a Subclass 494 visa.

Does visa 494 require an age limit for the applicants?

Yes. The applicants must be under 45 years of age at the time of making the visa application.

Can I change my sponsor after applying for visa 494?

No, you have to start the whole process again with the new sponsor.

Do I have to buy health insurance to apply for visa 494?

No. When holding visa 494, you can access Medicare – Australia’s universal health insurance scheme.

The business sponsored me in Melbourne. Can I apply for visa 494?

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.

I’m holding visa 482. Can I submit the skills assessment when applying for visa 482 to apply for visa 494?

Yes. You can also consider whether you meet the requirements to apply for the Subclass 186 visa to become an Australia permanent resident.

Which visas I cannot apply for in 3 years of holding a 494 visa?
    • 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.


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3 thoughts on “Subclass 494 visa – the first stage of the pr regional skilled visa pathway

  1. cdsdude says:

    1. How about education? When you are in 494, do you get domestic fee rates or international fee rates?
    2. 491 is not mentioned under the “Visas You cant apply”, I think this should be included as well?
    3. What happens if you get married after getting 494. Can you get your partner into Australia?
    4. If you marry a Australian citizen/PR holder while being on 494, can you change the visa into a direct PR without fulfilling 3 years in 494 and then apply for 191?

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