The 494 visa is a provisional residency visa that allows you to study, work or stay in a Designated Regional Area in Australia (Except Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane) for upto 5 years, The visa is designed for skilled workers either in Australia or outside Australia where regional employers can identify labour shortages within their region and sponsor overseas skilled workers if the employer can not find the required skill within Australia. The Candidate must be skilled in an occupation that is listed in the regional occupation list.
The subclass 494 visa is a pathway to permanent residency, if the applicant is eligible they can apply for the permanent residency after three years from the time the visa has been granted to you. The 494 visa holders are unable to make a valid application for subclass 820 (Partner Visa) or also unable to be granted the following visa:
- Subclass 132 (Business Talent)
- Subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme)
- Subclass 188 (Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional))
- Subclass 189 (Skilled (Independent))
- Subclass 190 (Skilled (Nominated))
- Subclass 858 (Distinguished talent)
The applicant can live and travel in and out of Australia by the time candidate is a 494 visa holder.
The Candidate must have to start the work within 90 days of the visa being granted and only allowed to work in the nominated occupation for the sponsoring employer in Regional Australia, else your visa might get cancelled.
The general requirements for the Skilled employer-sponsored visa are arent that complicated, However, the applicant must meet the job requirements to get sponsored for the visa. Below are the general basic requirements for a 494 visa:
- The applicant must age under 45 while lodging the application.
- Required Competent English Langauge Proficiency.
- The applicant must have full-time work experience in the nominated occupation for at least 3 years at the required skill level within the last 5 years.
- The casual work will not be considered as a work experience by the department of home affairs.
- Applicants applying from within Australia must hold a substantive or Bridging Visa.
- Applicant must apply for skill assessment
Job offer Requirement for 494 visa:
- The employer must not be located in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Other than these three you can apply for anywhere in Australia.
- Regional areas included for finding sponsoring employer are: Perth, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Lake Macquarie, Illawarra, Geelong, Newcastle, Wollongong, Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra.
- Applicant occupation must be on the list of eligible occupations
- Job Position must be a full-time job and position must be available for 5 years
- Employer will need approval from the Regional Certifying Body (RCB)
- The employer must pay the Australian Market Salary Rate (AMSR)
How Can 494 Visa Will Lead to Permanent Residency?
The 494 visa is a pathway to Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191), The applicant can apply for the permanent resident visa if he/she meets the requirement and held a 494 visa or 491 visa for at least 3 years, and meet the minimum taxable income requirements.
The applicant has to show the earning of $53,900 per annum for the previous three years of holding a 494 visa. However, the partner of the main visa holder can also also be the main applicant for 191 visa if they meet the requirement and demonstrate the criteria.
By switching to Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191), the visa holder can live in Australia indefinitely with the 5 years of travelling benefits allocated, work and study in Australia, can enrol in Australia’s public healthcare system MEDICARE, and allowed to sponsor their family member and relatives to come to Australia. Moreover, The visa holder can apply for Australian Citizenship if eligible.
494 Visa Processing Time
The processing time for 494 visa is not currently available, the process duration varies case-by-case, However, your application process can be a delay if you didn’t provide the complete required document, or relevant evidence is missing from your documents.
The department of home affairs may contact you for the verification, and if you didn’t provide the required information on time your application processing time may get delay.
We recommend you to contact our Expert Migration Agents to process your application, we are providing free Pre-Assessment by an online assessment form and phone pre-assessment.