Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa 494

Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa 494 to PR 491 (VISA 187)

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa 494

What is visa 494

Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional Visa 494, the SESR visa is a temporary visa that provides a migration pathway to the permanent residence via the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled – Regional) visa.

Why is Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional visa 494

The visa is designed to respond to labor market shortages in regional Australia.

It enables employers to recruit skilled overseas workers who are willing to live and work in regional Australia on an ongoing basis.

The visa can only be used if the employer is genuinely unable to source appropriately skilled Australian workers.

What are streams available under the visa 494

There are two streams available under the visa 494

  • Employer-Sponsored (ES) stream – this stream is for employers in regional Australia to recruit skilled overseas workers to work in specified skilled occupations for five years.
  • Visa holders become eligible to apply for a permanent residence visa 191 after three years.

Another stream is:

  • Labour Agreement (LA) stream – this stream is for employers in regional Australia who have a labour agreement with the Commonwealth to source skilled overseas workers to work, in an occupation specified in the labor agreement, for five years. Visa holders become eligible to apply for permanent residence after three years.

About the SEST visa 494

The SESR visa is a temporary visa that enables a visa holder to enter and stay in Australia for a period of five years from the date of the grant.

The visa 494  provides a pathway to permanent residence after 3 years.

What are the requirements of SESR Visa 494?

  • must work for the approved sponsor in the approved occupation;
  • must live and work only in a designated regional area;
  • can bring family with them to Australia, dependants can work and study  in a regional area as well;
  • can travel in and out of Australia while the visa is valid.

How many stages in sponsoring an overseas worker under visa 494?

There are three stages in sponsoring an overseas worker under the Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional SESR visa 494

  • 1. Sponsorship

    The employer applies for approval as a standard business sponsor (SBS) or seeks to enter into a labour agreement with the Commonwealth.

  • 2. Nomination

    The employer (sponsor) nominates an occupation for a SESR visa applicant or existing SESR visa holder.

  • 3. Visa 494 Application

    The person identified in the nomination applies for a SESR visa, and can bring their family with them.

Visa 494 has replaced the visa 187

Issued on 16 November 2019

  • 2015

    Visa 187

  • 16 Nov 2019

    visa 494

    16 Nov 2019

  • 3 years

    PR 191

Where the application must be made under visa 494

The primary and secondary applicants for a Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (SESR) visa 494,

Can be in or outside Australia at the time of application.

If the applicant is in Australia, they must hold a visa, or a  (Bridging A) visa, a (Bridging B) visa, or a  (Bridging C) visa

You do not need to hold any visa.

Combined and separate applications for your family

The applicant’s family can lodge their application together with the applicant.

A dependent child can be added to an existing application before the visa granted or decision is made.

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How could I get a 494 visa?

Generally speaking, you should have gained your experience of at least 3 years within the last 5 years in a full-time based period ( 38 hours per week).

How do I apply for a 494 visa?

  1. Having a suitable skills assessment.
  2. Being sponsored by an employer
  3. At least three years of full time (38 hours per week) and relevant skilled work experience.
  4. under 45 years of age.
  5. Competent English – IELTS 6 on each or equivalent to PTE or other tests.

Is 187 Visa still available?

The 187 visa is has been replaced by the Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored (Regional). This visa allows you and your family to live in Australia for 5 years and a pathway to stay permanently in Australia. 

Benefits of the 494 visa:

  • Can apply for the subclass 191 visa (commences 16 November 2022) to Australian Permanent Residency.
  • 5 years residents period, and can apply for PR after 3 years
  • Lower cost to pay for the employers sponsor fee  SAF levy

Conditions and pathway for the visa 494 to PR:

    • Must live and work for 3 years in regional areas
    • Cannot apply for any other skilled PR while you are holding on visa 494.
    • Eligible for Medicare

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