The employer sponsored subclass 494 visa is provisional which means it does not give you permanent residency in Australia. It is available to skilled workers already working in Australia and to those overseas. You must be nominated by an employer in a designated regional area of Australia and be skilled in an occupation on the Regional Occupation List.
The subclass 494 visa allows you to work, live and study in only specific regional areas of Australia for up to 5 years. Designated regional areas are all parts of Australia outside of Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. You can travel in and out of Australia any time you want to during this time and can apply for permanent residency after 3 years.
You can bring your family with you but you need to include them on you 494 visa application when you submit it or add a dependent child before it is granted.
All family members must also meet the character and health requirements. If any of your family members are not included on your visa application, you may need to give a valid reason.
Yes. Generally you should be under 45 years old when making an application but there are exemptions which include being nominated as a:
You may also be exempt if you have a New Zealand citizen's family member subclass 461 or subclass 444 visa and worked for the nominating employer for a minimum of two years out of the last three years.
You can apply for the subclass 494 visa from inside or outside of Australia. For your application to be valid when you are already in Australia, you must have either a bridging visa A, B or C, or a substantive visa.
There are costs for health checks, police clearances and English language tests.
The 494 visa costs $4,045 for the main applicant and:
Processing times for the 494 visa varies and depends on a number of things, including:
You must start working for only your nominating employer and occupation within 90 days of entering Australia if you applied from overseas, or from the date the visa is granted if already in Australis.
Once your 494 visa is granted, you and your family must adhere to all the visa conditions and laws in Australia.
Your visa can be cancelled if you do not comply with these requirements.
For your employer to be eligible to nominate you for a 494 visa they must be an approved standard business sponsor in a designated regional area. To qualify as a sponsor, the requirements your employer must meet include:
Once your employer is assessed and granted approval as a standard business sponsor, you can lodge your visa application.
Navigating the subclass 494 visa application process can be complex and you may need help. Contact the specialists at Direct Migration Experts. We can help you every step of the way to make your subclass 494 visa application a stress-free process. We can assess you and your employer’s eligibility, help you understand what is involved and ensure you have all the documentation you need to submit with your application.
Working with us means your application will meet the requirements for a subclass 494 visa, which gives you a high chance of success.
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The following is a snapshot of the regional occupations on the 494 visa skill list.
|Item Number||Occupation||ANZSCO Code|
|3.||Sales and Marketing Manager||131112|
|4.||Corporate Services Manager||132111|
|5.||Policy and Planning Manager||132411|
|7.||Production Manager (Manufacturing)||133512|
|9.||Regional Education Manager||134412|
|10.||ICT Project Manager||135112|
|11.||Quality Assurance Manager||139914|
|12.||Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager||141211|
|13.||Retirement Village Manager||141912|
|14.||Hair or Beauty Salon Manager||142114|
|17.||Financial Investment Adviser||222311|
|21.||Resident Medical Officer||253112|
|24.||Intellectual Property Lawyer||271214|