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Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional
(Subclass 494)

Looking for a Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Subclass 494) visa? We are here to guide you through obtaining the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Subclass 494) visa. Whether you are an employer seeking to sponsor a skilled worker or an individual aspiring to work and live in Australia, we have gathered all the essential details you need to know. Read on to discover how the Subclass 494 visa can open doors to exciting professional opportunities and a potential pathway to permanent residency.

Basic Eligibility

You must:
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Be nominated by an approved work sponsor

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Have an occupation on a relevant skilled occupation list

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Have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation

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Be under 45 years of age

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Meet minimum standards of English language proficiency

Streams Available

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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 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​You can live, work and study only in designated regional areas of Australia, You can apply for permanent residence 3 years from the time your visa is granted.

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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.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Your employer has to have a labour agreement with the Australian government in effect.

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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.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ This is for members of the family unit of SESR visa holders.

Benefits of these visa

Visa Process


Employer applies to be a sponsor


Employer is appvoved to be a sponsor


Employer nominates you for a skilled occupation position


You apply for the visa


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Can I apply for PR while on a 494 visa
You can access permanent residence through the Subclass 191 (Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional)) visa when the following is met: You have worked in the designated regional area for at least three years, whilst holding a 494 visa.
What is the age limit for 494 to PR?
You must generally be under 45 years of age unless
Can I Apply 190 After 494?
If you are a holder of a subclass 491 or 494 you must have held that visa for at least 3 years before you can lodge an application for a subclass 189 or 190. You will have to meet all criteria of that visa subclass in order to be granted the new visa.
What is the difference between 491 and 494?
The 491 visa requires state or territory nomination or sponsorship by an eligible family member, while the 494 visa requires employer sponsorship.
Can I change my employer on 494 visa australia?
494 visa holders cannot change their employer before a nomination by the new employer is approved, unless they are in a specified occupation.
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