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Australia Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)

Australia’s government on November 16, 2019 has launched the new Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa subclass 494. It has replaced the old Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa Subclass 187.

This visa is for skilled workers who have received a nomination from an Australian employer lawfully operating their business in Australia. To work in the nominated occupation, you need to have employment in the same occupation and a position within the business sponsoring you or in that, business’s associated entity. This associated entity should be located in a designated regional area of Australia.

Before you apply for the visa, your employer requires you to lodge a nomination application for you. Let us look at the key benefits of this visa.

Key benefits of Subclass 494 visa

Here are the key benefits of this Employer-Sponsored Regional visa:

  • This visa allows you to live, work and study only in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years
  • You are allowed to travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid
  • You can apply for permanent residency after 3 years from the time your visa is granted
  • You can include members of the family unit in your application.

Eligibility Requirements to apply for Subclass 494 visa

Find below the key eligibility criteria to apply for this particular visa. As an applicant, you must:

  • be nominated by an Australian employer (in regional Australia) to work in an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • have a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation
  • have an appropriate skills assessment, lest an exemption applies
  • require to work only for your sponsor or associated entity, unless an exemption applies
  • be under the age of 45 years, unless an exemption applies
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • fulfil minimum criteria of English language proficiency

What is the visa application Processing time?

The actual processing times often vary depending on individual circumstances such as:

  • Whether or not an applicant has lodged a complete application from all aspects, including all essential supporting documents
  • how fast you reply to any requests for additional information
  • Time elapsed perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • Time elapsed receiving any additional information from external agencies, particularly concerning health, character, and national security requirements

Your accountability is to make certain that all relevant supporting/evidentiary documents are attached to your application. We may ask for any additional information/documents depending on case to case. In some cases, no extra documents are required if the application and documents are complete and satisfactory from all aspects.

How to Apply

Find below the stepwise process to apply Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa subclass 494:

  • IELTS and Skill Assessment‚Äď You need to obtain a skills assessment, an English language test. You might also want to get help with your application.
  • Arranged required documents, i.e. documents for your identity, character, skills, work experience, health and English language skills.
  • Apply for the visa online in Immi Account.
  • Wait for the Invitation¬†to apply from authorities.
  • Get result¬†on your visa application.

If you are new to the immigration process of Australia, you may need help and assistance from a trusted Australia immigration consultant to submit an error-free application with a complete set of documents for your desired visa category.

Apply for the visa in Australia through a trusted Visa Consultant

If you wish to apply for Australia Skilled PR visa, Regional visa, Visit visa, or family-sponsored visa etc., you coordinate with the MARA accredited Australia migration expert at Visas Avenue to get genuine and trusted visa assistance and support to apply right from the beginning till approval of visa.

Visas Avenue is a vastly experienced and reliable Visa Advisor and consultant for the Australia immigration process. To confirm your eligibility and apply for the visa in Australia in a hassle-free way, you may contact Visas Avenue Immigration expert at the earliest.

You may call Visas Avenue on Toll-Free Number-78-18-000-777. Moreover, to get your eligibility checked and subsequently receive a call from the expert, you may fill the free assessment form.


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