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Regional Employer Sponsored Visa

Subclass 494

Regional Employer Sponsored Visa (Subclass 494)

Regional Employer Sponsored Visa Subclass 494- 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.

There are three different types of regional employer-sponsored visa subclass 494.
Employer Sponsored Stream
Labour Agreement Stream
Subsequent Entrant

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.

With this provisional visa, you get to live, work and study only in designated regional areas in Australia for a period of five years. You are allowed to travel in and out of Australia for five years from when your visa is granted. If you are eligible, you may apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time your visa is granted.

Eligibility criteria for a direct entry stream 186 visa application

⦁ be nominated to work in an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list
⦁ have at least 3 years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation
⦁ have a relevant skills assessment, unless an exemption applies
⦁ work only for your sponsor or associated entity, unless an exemption applies
⦁ be under 45 years of age, unless an exemption applies
⦁ meet minimum standards of English language proficiency

You may Contact Us to know more.

Labour agreement stream

This stream is for skilled workers nominated by employers who have a labour agreement. This visa lets skilled workers nominated by their employer live and work in Australia in designated regional areas for five years. You are allowed to travel in and out of Australia for five years from when your visa is granted. If you are eligible, you may apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time your visa is granted.

Cost

This visa costs AUD4,640.00 for the main applicant, AUD2,320.00 for each dependent 18 years and over, and AUD1,160.00 for each dependent under 18 years.
It costs an additional AUD4,890 if any dependent applicants who are 18 years and over do not have functional English. This extra charge is called a second instalment.
To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the second instalment or other costs.
You will have to pay other costs including English language tests, health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Eligibility criteria for a labour agreement stream 186 visa application

⦁ be nominated to work in a specified occupation under the terms of a labour agreement
⦁ have at least 3 years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation
⦁ have a relevant skills assessment, if this is specified in the labour agreement
⦁ work only for your sponsor
⦁ be under 45 years of age, unless the labour agreement states otherwise
⦁ meet minimum standards of English language proficiency
This is a provisional visa. You can stay in Australia for a period of 5 years from when your visa is granted.

Subsequent entrant

This visa is for members of the family unit of a Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) holder who is applying separately for their SESR visa to join the primary SESR visa holders in Australia.

This visa makes you eligible to stay in Australia for the duration of its validity. You may live, work and study only in designated regional areas of Australia for up to 5 years. You may travel to and from Australia for up to 5 years from when the visa is granted.

Eligibility criteria for temporary residence transition stream 186 visa application

⦁ You must be under 45 years of age
⦁ To apply for this visa, you must be a member of the family unit of a primary SESR visa holder
⦁ The work sponsor (employer) in relation to the primary SESR visa holder, or main applicant for a SESR visa, must agree (or have agreed) in writing to include you as a family member in the nomination.
⦁ You have to meet minimum standards of English language proficiency. If you are unable to show that you have Functional English, you will need to pay the second instalment.
⦁ You must meet health and character requirements. 

You may Contact Us to know more about the regional employer-sponsored visa – subclass 494.

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