Australia – Visa subclass 494 – Employer Sponsored Visa

As some of you may be aware, the new 494 Regional – Employer Sponsored Visa will commence on 16 November 2019.  This effectively replaces the Subclass 187 Regional permanent visa.


What is the benefit of this new visa ? 

  1. For employers, the main incentive is that the employee must remain in regional Australia for 3 years before being eligible for permanent residency
  2. The eligible occupation list is much larger than the 482 occupation list
  3. The areas classified as “regional” have been updated to include Perth and the Gold Coast once again


Want to know a Fun Fact ?

"Regional Australia" is now anywhere outside of metro Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.


Download a copy of the eligible occupation list for that visa type, any occupation you see on this list can be sponsored for a 494 Visa in regional Australia. 



Some things to know about the 494:

  • This is a 5 year provisional visa, however holder will have similar rights to permanent residents and can access government services.
  • The Department has promised priority processing of regional visas.
  • All applications require Labour Market Testing evidence, unless exempt.
  • Visa holders can apply independently for permanent residency after spending 3 years working in regional Australia.
  • Applicants must be aged under 45 years of age.  However, they can still progress to PR if they turn 45 while holding a 494.
  • All applicants require a skills assessment in their nominated occupation to apply for this visa.
  • All applicants must have at least 3 years of work experience in related to their nominated occupation.
  • All applicants must meet English language (competent), health and character requirements.


If you have any questions on the new 494 Visa,  please do not hesitate to contact us.


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