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Provisional Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (subclass 494)

Provisional Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (subclass 494)


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Benefits of the visa 494

  • Live, work and study only in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years
  • Travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • If eligible, apply for permanent residence(Regional Skilled Visa subclass 191) after 3 years from the time your visa is granted


  • Be nominated by an approved work sponsor
  • Have an occupation on a relevant skilled occupation list
  • Have a suit able skills assessment for the occupation
  • Be under 45 years of age
  • You must have at leastCompetent English (IELTS 6.0 or PTE 50)

Visa Fee Charge

  • From AUD4,640.00

Processing Time

  • 90% of applications are processed in 11 months.

Last Updated: 3 November 2023

Your Obligations

  • 8515: Must not marry or enter into a de facto relationship before entry
  • 8578: Notify us if your passport or contact details change
  • 8579: Live, study and work in a designated regional area
  • 8580: Provide evidence of your live, study or work address if requested
  • 8581: You must attend an interview if we ask you to in a letter
  • 8608: Must work only in the nominated occupation

How to Apply for an Australian visa?

  • Step 1: Complete the Visa Application Form for sponsor via the online IMMI Account
  • Step 2: Employer approved to be a sponsor
  • Step 3: Employer nominates overseas worker (the applicant) for a skilled position
  • Step 4: Submit your skill assessment and get a positive outcome
  • Step 5: Gather your documents (identity, Skills assessment documents, etc)
  • Step 6: Complete the Visa Application Form
  • Step 7: Pay the Visa Application Fee
  • Step 8: Complete the biometrics collection and health examination

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you don’t find an answer to your question below, feel free to get in touch with one of our agents, they will be more than happy to share their wisdom.

How long is a visa 494 valid for?

Visa 494 is valid only for five years. You cannot extend this visa, but you may apply for permanent residence after three years if you meet the eligibility criteria

Can I get permanent residence with visa?

While the visa 494 doesn’t get you permanent residency automatically in Australia, you can apply for permanent residence after three years of residing in Australia via191.

Can I change my sponsor after applying for visa 494?

No, you have to start the whole process again with the new sponsor.

Can I provide a skill assessment outcome after submitting a visa 494 application?

No. You have to submit them at the same time.

I’m holding visa 482. Can I submit the skills assessment when applying for visa 482 to apply for visa 494?

Yes. You can also consider whether you meet the requirements to apply for the Subclass 186 visa to become an Australia permanent resident

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