The Subclass 494, Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa, is a provisional (temporary residence) visa that allows a visa holder to live, work, and study in a regional area of Australia. If the visa holder can meet the residence requirements, he or she can apply for a Permanent Regional Visa.
This visa supports regional employers to address recognized labour shortages within their area by sponsoring skilled employees where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian workerSource: Department of Home Affairs, Australia
To be eligible for this visa, you must
The application process for the Employer Sponsored stream, Subclass 494, is very similar to those for a Subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage visa. There are mainly 3 steps:
Step 1 – Sponsorship
To apply for endorsement as a Standard Business Sponsor, the company would need to provide evidence that it is running actively, and has the capacity to meet its sponsorship requirements.
Australian employers who have already been approved as sponsors for 457/TSS visas will be allowed to use the existing SBS to nominate for the Subclass 494 visa subclass. It is not possible for overseas businesses to sponsor for the 494 visa.
Step 2 – Nomination
Employers will then nominate for a job that is located in regional Australia, and identifies the person they wish to sponsor for the role. To meet the nomination requirements, employers must show:
Step 3 – Visa Apply
The employee would then apply for a visa to work in Australia to fill the nominated work position. The visa applicant must prove that they:
*You might need to provide more documents as per DHA requirementsSource: Department of Home Affairs, Australia
This visa is a provisional visa that would allow you to stay for a temporary period but it is possible to convert this visa into Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional). In that case you may need to apply for Subclass 191 Permanent Residence. Unlike the transitional pathway for ENS or RSMS visas, visa Subclass 191 visa will not require that applicants have been working for the same employer for the 3-year period, and does not need any nomination from an employer in order to apply for the permanent visa. There are certain stay requirements which is 3 years. Applicant must also demonstrate that he or she has earned the appropriate salary during the time in Australia. The applicant must not have any criminal records in order to apply for the 191 permanent residence visa.Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia