Subclass 494 Visa

This 494 visa enables employers in Regional Australia to address skilled worker shortages by bringing in skilled workers where employers can't source an appropriately skilled worker who is an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Subclass 494 Visa

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Class GK) Subclass 494 Visa

This visa enables employers in regional Australia to address skilled worker shortages by bringing in skilled workers where employers can't source an appropriately skilled worker who is Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Visa Subclass 494 Employer Sponsored Stream

This visa enables regional employers to address identified labour shortages within their region by sponsoring skilled workers where employers can't source an appropriately skilled Australian worker (Permanent Resident or Citizen.

Subclass 494 Visa Labour Agreement Stream

This stream is for skilled workers nominated by employers who have a labour agreement. Labour agreements are developed between the Australian Government (represented by the Department) and employers.

Including Family Members as Subsequent Entrant

This visa is for members of the family unit of a Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) holder who are applying separately for their SESR visa and wish to join the primary SESR visa holder in Australia.

Visa Holders Work Rights in Australia

This visa is granted for 5 years, and visa holders can apply for permanent residence (Subclass 191 visa) after 3 years from the time your visa is granted. Holders of this visa can live, work and study only in a 'Designated Regional Area'.

Visa Fees

Base application charge: A$4,115; Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18: A$2,060; Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18: A$1,030. Nomination Application Fees: A$0; Skilling Australia Fund LEvy: A$3000 for a business with annual turnover less thanA$10 Million or A$5000 for a business with annual turnover more than A$10 Million.

Subclass 494 Processing Time

Subclass 494 Nomination Processing Time in Employer Sponsored Stream: 75% of applications in 3 Months, 90% of applications in 5 months.

Subclass 494 Visa Requirements

Regional Employer Sponsored Visa Qualifications and Experience

The applicant being nominated must have relevant qualifications as well as atleast 3 years of relevant experience to the occupation being nominated for the work visa.

English Language Requirements for 494 Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

You are exempt from providing 494 Visa English requirements evidence for the work visa Australia application if one of the following apply:
- You are a passport holder from: Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, United States of America.
- You have completed at least 5 years of full-time study at a secondary level institution and where most classes were in English.
- Your nominated occupation in Australia will be performed at a diplomatic or consular mission of another country, or an Office of the Authorities of Taiwan.
- Your nominated occupation requires you to hold a license, registration or membership that was granted to you after you proved english language competency.You are an employee of an overseas business and that business or its associated entity has nominated you to work in Australia, and you will receive a guaranteed annual earnings of at least AUD96,400.

Short Term Stream: Overall band score of at least 5.0 with a score of at least 4.5 in each of the test components or equivalent in PT Academic.
Medium Term Stream: You can meet subclass 494 requirements for English competency by scoring an overall band score of at least 5.0 with a score of at least 5 in each of the test components.
Labour Agreement Stream: You must have English language skills suitable to perform your nominated occupation which will be specified in the Labour agreement between your employer and the Commonwealth.

Subclass 494 Regional Visa Skills Assessment

Subclass 494 visa Skills assessments are issued by relevant skills assessing authorities that checks that your skills meet the standards they set to work in a relevant occupation in Australia. Skills Assessment for work visa might be mandatory based on the occupation you are being nominated for, and visa subclass and stream you are applying for.

Subclass 494 Nomination Application

Nomination for Visa Subclass 494

The employer after lodging or obtaining approval for 494 sponsorship, is required to nominate an occupation for a prospective SESR visa applicant or existing visa holder. This is the second step to obtaining a SESR visa 494.

Labour Market Testing for 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional

Before a work visa Nomination application can be lodged the nominee will need to do Labour Market Testing (LMT) to show to the Department of Home Affairs that they can't find a suitable Australian worker. Labour Market Testing requires advertising position in Australia, unless International Trade Obligations or specified exemptions apply.

Annual Market Salary Rate for 494 Visa Nomination Application

Unless the nominee's annual earnings are AUD$250,000 or above, for a work visa nomination to be approved, the delegate must be satisfied that the Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR) for the nominated occupation has been determined in accordance with the Department of Home Affairs policy; where the AMSR, excluding any non-monetary benefits, is not less than the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT), which is set at A$53,900, and the nominee's Guaranteed Annual Earnings (GAE) for the nominated occupation will not be less than the AMSR; and the nominee's GAE, excluding any non-monetary benefits, is not less than TSMIT.

Subclass 494 Visa Nomination Refusal

A work visa Nomination refused, can be appealed at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal's Migration and Refugee Division (AAT-MRD Tribunal previously know as MRT) if there is an approved 'Standard Business Approval' or an application for 'Standard Business Approval' is under processing for the sponsoring business.

Subclass 482 Visa Estimated Processing Time

Short Term Stream: 75% of applications in 49 Days, 90% of applications in 5 months; Medium Term Stream: 75% of applications in 4 Months, 90% of applications in 8 months, Labour Agreement Stream: 75% of applications in 5 Months, 90% of applications in 12 months.

Designated Regional Areas for Subclass 494 Visa

Designated Regional Areas

Designated regional areas include all of Australia except for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The regional definition is comprised of 2 categories and offers regional incentives for skilled migrants who migrate to locations classified as: Category 2 ‘Cities and Major Regional Centres’, Category 3 ‘Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas’

Category 2 ‘Cities and Major Regional Centres for 494

Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong and Hobart have access to the following regional incentives:

Priority processing of regional visas; and
Access to the Regional Occupations List – more jobs compared to non-regional lists.

Category 3 ‘Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas’ for 494

All areas not mentioned above, will also have access to the dedicated 11,200 regional places, priority processing of regional visas, and the Regional Occupations List. Additional incentives include:

Priority in negotiating region-specific Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs).

South Australia

Designated city or major regional centre: 5000 to 5171, 5173, 5174, 5231 to 5235, 5240 to 5252, 5351, 5950 to 5960
Regional centre or other regional area: All postcodes in South Australia not mentioned in subsection.

Designated Regional Area Post Codes

New South Wales

Cities and Major Regional Centres: 2259, 2264 to 2308, 2500 to 2526, 2528 to 2535 and 2574.
Regional Centres and other Regional Areas: 2250 to 2258, 2260 to 2263, 2311 to 2490, 2527, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2739, 2753 to 2754, 2756 to 2758 and 2773 to 2898.

Victoria

Cities and Major Regional Centres: 3211 to 3232, 3235, 3240, 3328, 3330 to 3333, 3340 and 3342.
Regional Centres and other Regional Areas: 3097 to 3099, 3139, 3233 to 3234, 3236 to 3239, 3241 to 3325, 3329, 3334, 3341, 3345 to 3424, 3430 to 3799, 3809 to 3909, 3912 to 3971 and 3978 to 3996.

Queensland

Cities and Major Regional Centres: 4207 to 4275, 4517 to 4519, 4550 to 4551, 4553 to 4562, 4564 to 4569 and 4571 to 4575.
Regional Centres and other Regional Areas: 4124 to 4125, 4133, 4183 to 4184, 4280 to 4287, 4306 to 4498, 4507, 4552, 4563, 4570 and 4580 to 4895.

Western Australia

Cities and Major Regional Centres: 6000 to 6038, 6050 to 6083, 6090 to 6182, 6208 to 6211, 6214 and 6556 to 6558.
Regional Centres and other Regional Areas: All postcodes in Western Australia not mentioned in 'Cities and major regional centres' category above.

Tasmania

Cities and Major Regional Centres: 7000, 7004 to 7026, 7030 to 7109, 7140 to 7151 and 7170 to 7177.
Regional Centres and other Regional Areas: All postcodes in Tasmania not mentioned in 'Cities and major regional centres' category above.

Australian Capital Territory

Cities and Major Regional Centres: All postcodes in the Australian Capital Territory. Regional Centres and other Regional Areas: None.

Northern Territory

Cities and Major Regional Centres: None; Regional Centres and other Regional Areas: All postcodes in the Northern Territory.

Subclass 494 Document Checklist

For all Applicants to be included in the application

1. Identity documents such as passport, birth certificate, proof of name change such as marriage or divorce certificate.
2. If you are or have been married, widowed, divorced or permanently separated, provide proof such as marriage certificates, divorce documents, death certificates, separation documents or statutory declarations.
3. Provide an overseas police certificate from every country, including your home country, where you spent a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years since you turned 16, any military service records or discharge papers if you served in the armed forces of any country.
4. Passport size photographs.

For Primary Applicant

5. All academic certificates and transcripts.
6. Employment reference letters and evidence of payslips.
7. English test results such as IELTS or PTE Academic or TOEFL or OET.
8. Any professional registration or license certificate.
9. Your curriculum vitae or resume that includes your full employment and educational history, including dates and positions held within last ten years.
10. Bank statements, tax records and superannuation record (If Skills Assessment is required).

All documents are to be color pdf files. Where documents are not in english, an authorised translated version needs to be provided.