Complete Guide and Pathway to Regional 494 Visa


Where employers are unable to find a properly competent Australian worker, the Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored (Regional) visa allows regional employers to solve identified labor shortages in their region by sponsoring skilled migrants. The 494 visa, which took effect on November 16, 2019, superseded the 187 (RSMS) visa.

Benefits of Skilled Regional Visa 494

  • If qualified, students can apply for permanent residence under the category 191 visa without having to go through a second nomination stage (commences 16 November 2022)
  • Employers save money since there is only one SAF levy stage for subclass 494 nominations (compared to the two stages for the current subclass 482 to ENS subclass 186 permanent resident

Eligibility criteria of Skilled Regional Visa 494

  •  At the time of application, applicants must be under 45 years old (exemptions apply).
  • At the time of application, applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English.
  • Applicants must have worked full-time for at least 3 years in the specified occupation and at the skill level required for the nominated occupation. On average, applicants should have earned their experience within the last 5 years. It is not necessary for the period to be continuous. Part-time work that is equivalent to a full-time job may be considered. DHA does not accept part-time work.
  • The GTE requirement is not applicable.
  • Hold a substantive or bridging visa A, B, or C if you're in Australia.
  • At the time of application, a successful skills assessment should be conducted.
  •  There is no need for doctor’s registration.
  • Fees for the DHA (primary applicant) are $4,240; spouses are $2,120, and children under the age of 18 are $1060.
  • Second VAC: $4890 if the adult applicant does not achieve the Functional English requirements.

How can Skilled Regional Visa 494 leads to permanent residency?

  • After three years on the Subclass 494 visa, applicants have the option to switch to the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence visa.
  • On November 16, 2022, the Subclass 191 Visa will take effect.
  • To be eligible for permanent residence, all members of the family must live, work, and study in the regional area for at least three years.
  • Except for the big cities of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, regional areas can be found throughout Australia.

Complete application and documentation process

Follow these steps to apply for a 494 visa:
1. Applicants are nominated
2. Applicants can submit an application for a visa.

Applicants are nominated: To apply for a visa 494, applicants must have a valid nomination from their sponsor. They must submit a nomination request through ImmiAccount and will be assigned a transaction reference number.
If Applicant’s sponsor is not a party to the labor agreements, they must submit an application to become a party to the agreements before they can nominate the applicant for the visa.
Applicants can submit an application for the visa: Applicants can apply for visa 494 through the ImmiAccount once their nomination has been authorized. If they do not pay the application fee after they have finished attaching their documents, their visa application will not be completed. In the application, applicants must include the transaction reference number provided by their sponsor.

Processing time for Skilled Regional Visa 494

The following is the current average processing time:

  • For 75 percent of all visa applications, the subclass 494 visa (Employer-Sponsored Stream) takes
    about 4 months, and for 90 percent of all visa applications, it takes about 5 months.
  • Processing times for the subclass 494 visa (Labor Agreement stream) are not provided.
  • Individual processing times vary depending on the applicant’s and sponsor’s individual
    circumstances, as well as the quality of the application submitted to the Department of Home
    Affairs. Many well-prepared applications are processed far faster and more smoothly than the
  • If applicants want to guarantee that their visa application is presented in the best possible light
    and that it is processed as quickly as possible, then they should contact one of their professional
    Registered Migration Agents for their files.

Required documents for Skilled Regional Visa 494

  • ID evidence, including valid passport copies ID proof, including proof of minimal English
    language capabilities.
  • Any documents relating to a name change
  • If a skills assessment is required, the findings must be included in your application.
  • If a skills exam is not required, you will need documentation of your qualifications, licenses, and
    registrations, as well as references from past employers.
  • A health certificate
  • Evidence of purchasing health insurance during the time in Australia
  • Evidence of good character necessitates a police certificate for each country where applicants
    have resided for a period of twelve months or more. Additional forms may be required, but the
    immigration agency will inform.
  • If they’re bringing a partner, they will need confirmation of identification, character, and marriage/de
    facto relationship.
  • If applicants plan to bring dependents with them, they’ll need to provide passport copies, birth
    certificates, and character documents, depending on their age.
  • If applicants fail to inform the immigration department that they were married, in a de facto
    relationship, or engaged, their visa may be revoked.

Parish Patience is here to assist if you wish to live and work in Australia as a skilled immigrant and need professional advice. With more than ten years of experience in the field of education and migration consulting, we offer complete solutions to the candidates and support them during the entire procedure.


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