Employer Sponsored Visa Subclass 494 Requirements

Employer Sponsored stream Nomination requirements

Visa subclass 494

Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional visa 494 Nomination

Related nomination

  • the application must be in the nomination in relation to a proposed occupation;
  • the visa application must be in the nomination, and the nomination must be:
    • already approved  or
    • lodged with the Department but no decision has yet been made

 Visa Subclass 494 Age Requirement

At the time of application, the applicant must have been under 45 

or in any of the five categories

  • academic applicants
  • regional medical practitioner applicants
  • science applicants
  • subclass 444/461 workers
  • subclass 457/482 workers

Visa Subclass 494 English Requirements –

English language requirement

There are no English language exemptions.

An applicant should have competent English if:

  • a language test should be within the three years
  • they hold a passport specified here

Visa Subclass 494 Requirements – Skills assessment

the applicant must:

    • have had their skills assessed for the nominated occupation
    • have previously had their skills assessed  to be granted a subclass 457 or TSS 482 visa, or
    • be a person in either of the two categories
      • academic applicants
      • subclass 444/461 workers

The validity period of skills assessment for visa 494

Skills assessing is specifying expiry dates.

If a skills assessment specifies an expiry date;

Or that is 3 years  from the date of assessment.

No further application conditions – waiver provisions

If your current visa has the no further stay condition attached, you should apply for the waiver first before you have your visa 494 application.

Approved nomination visa 494 – Genuine intention

  • the position associated with the nominated occupation is genuine; and
  • the visa applicant’s intention to perform the occupation is genuine.

A genuine employer-employee relationship for visa 494

  • a contract of employment
  • ability to appoint or dismiss the employee
  • employer is responsible for the work environment, including:
    • place of work
    • tools, material and equipment for work
  • employer sets work parameters, including:
    • allocating tasks to the employee
    • supervising the work of the employee
    • assessing and determining the output of the employee
  • employer pays the employee a regular salary
  • employer complies with all relevant taxation obligations in relation to the employee including:
    • withholding PAYG taxation and payment to the ATO in accordance with relevant legislation
  • employer provides conditions of service for the employee, including:
    • leave provisions
    • WHS arrangements
    • other workplace relations obligations such as sexual harassment provisions
    • superannuation for the employee in accordance with the relevant legislation
    • liability for WorkCover payments for the employee

Visa 494 Benefits

It is a five years visa

But you can apply for the permanent resident visa after 3 years

Visa 494 is a pathway to PR visa 191 (commences 16 November 2022)

Include your family with your visa application 494

  • Dependent children/step-children – Partner’s dependent children
  • Partner – Married couple or de facto relationship.

Partner requirements 

Your married or de facto partner

  • Title 1

    the relationship is genuine and exclusive

  • Title 2

    you live together or do not live separately on a permanent basis.

  • Title 3

    your partner is at least 18 years of age when the application is lodged

  • Title 4

    you and your partner have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others

Dependent CHILDREN requirements

  • Title 1

    be your child or a stepchild from a current or a previous relationship

  • Title 2

    under 18 years of age or over 18 years of age but not yet turned 23, and be dependent on you or your partner financially

  • Title 3

    over 23 years of age and be unable to earn a living to support themselves due to physical or cognitive limitations

  • Title 4

    And not be married

ENGLISH for Permanent visa depends

All applicants over 18 should demonstrate functional English or pay the second installment.

IELTS – An average band score of at least 4.5


  • Completed all years of primary education and at least three years of secondary education in an educational institution in or outside Australia and all instructions were in English.


  • Completed at least five years of secondary education in an institution in or outside Australia and all instructions were in English.

How much Visa 494 Cost

This visa costs AUD4,045 for the main applicant, AUD2,025 for each dependent 18 years and over, and AUD1,010 for each dependent under 18 years.

It costs an additional AUD4,890 if any dependent applicants who are 18 years and over do not have functional English.

This extra charge is called a second installment.


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