SUBCLASS 494

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa

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This visa allows skilled workers to be sponsored to work in regional Australia during labour shortages.

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.

Basic Eligibility

This visa includes the following criteria:

  1. You must be nominated by an approved work sponsor.
  2. Your occupation must be on a relevant skilled occupation list.
  3. You must have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation.
  4. Your age must be under 45 years.
  5. You must meet the minimum standards of English language proficiency.

Eligibility Criteria - 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.

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

This visa includes the following criteria:

  1. You must be under 45 years of age when you apply for the visa.
  2. You must be nominated by an employer whose business is lawfully operating in Australia.
  3. If you are the primary visa applicant, you must demonstrate that you have the skills, qualifications and work experience necessary to perform the nominated occupation. 
  4. You must have your skills assessed as suitable for the nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority.
  5. You must have at least Competent English to be granted this visa.
  6. You and your family members applying with you must meet the health requirement. Other non-migrating family members may also need to meet this requirement.
  7. You and any members of your family aged 16 years of age or over who apply for the visa with you must meet certain character requirements. Other family members might also need to meet certain character requirements.
  8. Your immigration history is considered, and you may be ineligible if you have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused.
  9. You and your family must have paid back any money owed to the Australian Government or have a formal arrangement in place to repay it.
  10. If you are 16 years of age or older, you must have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia booklet, and signed an Australian Values Statement. This confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws.

Eligibility Criteria - 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.

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

This visa includes the following criteria:

  1. The nominated occupation must be the subject of a labour agreement between the Commonwealth and the nominator.
  2. Unless the labour agreement states otherwise, you must be under 45 years of age when you apply for the visa.
  3. You must demonstrate that you have the skills, qualifications and work experience necessary to perform the nominated occupation.
  4. If a skills assessment is specified in the labour agreement, you must have your skills assessed as suitable for the nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority.
  5. You must have the level of English as specified in the labour agreement to be granted this visa.
  6. You and your family members applying with you must meet the health requirement. Other non-migrating family members may also need to meet this requirement.
  7. You and any members of your family aged 16 years of age or over who apply for the visa with you must meet certain character requirements. Other family members might also need to meet certain character requirements.
  8. Your immigration history is considered, and you may be ineligible if you had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused.
  9. You and your family must have paid back any money owed to the Australian Government or have a formal arrangement in place to repay it.
  10. If you are 16 years of age or older, you must have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia booklet, and signed an Australian Values Statement. This confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws.

Eligibility Criteria - 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 visa includes the following criteria:

  1. You must have a family member who is a primary SESR visa holder, or main applicant for an SESR visa, to be able to lodge a subsequent entrant visa application.
  2. You must be nominated by the primary SESR visa holder's work sponsor.
  3. You must show that you have Functional English. If you can’t show that you have Functional English, you will need to pay the second instalment.
  4. You must meet the health and character requirements. 
  5. Your immigration history is considered, and you may be ineligible if you had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused.
  6. You must have paid back any money owed to the Australian Government or have a formal arrangement in place to repay it.
  7. If you are 16 years of age or older, you must have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia booklet, and signed an Australian Values Statement. This confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws.

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