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Regional Sponsorship 494 visa

Regional Sponsorship visa 494

The Australia Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494) is a specialized pathway designed to address skilled worker shortages in regional areas of the country. This visa category serves a dual purpose: it allows employers in designated regional areas to access skilled workers they need, while also offering a pathway to permanent residency for these skilled workers.

Regional Sponsorship 494 visa

Regional sponsorship visa 494

The Australia Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494) is a specialized pathway designed to address skilled worker shortages in regional areas of the country. This visa category serves a dual purpose: it allows employers in designated regional areas to access skilled workers they need, while also offering a pathway to permanent residency for these skilled workers.

Requirements to apply for a Regional Employer Sponsored Visa (Subclass 494)

To be eligible for the Subclass 494 visa, applicants must have a job offer in a regional area of Australia and meet specific criteria related to their occupation, skills, and qualifications. The sponsoring employer must also meet certain requirements, including demonstrating a genuine need for the position and complying with labour market testing requirements.

One of the notable features of this visa is its pathway to permanent residency. After holding the Subclass 494 visa for at least three years and satisfying other criteria, individuals can apply for the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa. This pathway underscores the Australian government’s commitment to supporting regional development by retaining skilled workers in regional areas.

The Subclass 494 visa not only benefits employers by addressing skill shortages but also provides skilled workers with an opportunity to live and work in Australia’s vibrant regional communities. It reflects the government’s recognition of the important role skilled migration plays in regional growth and development.

Types of 494 visas

Employer Sponsored
stream

All 494 visa applicants require an approved sponsored employer to first nominate them. Once nominated, the skilled workers can start the visa application process to work, live or study in regional Australia. 

Labour Agreement stream

This stream follows the same pathway as the Employer Sponsored Stream; however, the employer must have a labour agreement in place. This is best suited for applications that currently work or will work for an employer with a labour agreement. 

Subsequent
entrant stream

Family members can be included in the 494 visa application as subsequent entrants if they meet the Australian Government’s health and character requirements.

Apply for a Regional Sponsorship visa

If you want to apply for the 494 visa, book a discovery call with one of our visa and immigration experts. We’ll help you navigate the application process and support your journey to live, work or study in regional Australia as a skilled worker.

Step 1

Once you reach out to Absolute Immigration, we set up a discovery call to understand what your needs are and what Visa best suits you.

Step 2

From there, we will send you a Strategy proposal outlining the steps we will take to assist you in getting a Visa for you to sign off on.

Step 3

Now our team leaps into action, following immigration pathways, taking care of the paperwork and helping you through the entire application process.

Take the first step and schedule a call

Call us

You can get in touch with the team on our support lines: 1300 227 658 or +61 (03) 9827 3721. Alternatively, you can book a free 10 minute consultation through our Acuity Portal.

Email us

You can get in touch with the team through our support email: aisupport@absoluteimmigration.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. You can study in designated areas of Australia on a 494 visa for up to five years. 

No. You can’t extend a 494 visa. However, if eligible, you can apply for permanent residence after three years of having your visa. If you’re not eligible for permanent residency, you can explore our other visa options.

The 494 visa processing time varies from case to case and will depend on individual circumstances. According to the Australian Government, the average processing times for this visa type are: 

    • 25% of applications: 5 Months
    • 50% of applications: 10 Months
    • 75% of applications: 14 Months
    • 90% of applications: 16 Months

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