Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored

Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored: Substituting the current 187 (RSMS) visa and commencing November 16, 2019 the 494 visa has 9,000 places allocated per year. It requires employer sponsorship and the position must be likely to exist for 5 years. It has a 45 year age limit, competent English, RCB advice and must meet the AMSR. Visa applicants must have a suitable skills assessment and at least 3 years’ skilled employment.

The visa validity period is 5 years. Conditions will be imposed which will enforce the government’s intentions that visa holders live, work and study only in regional areas (condition 8579) and if employer sponsored, only in the nominated position. Visa holders can move between regional areas. Regional areas are defined as any area excluding Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Perth.

Holders of the new provisional visas will also be unable to apply for most other skills based visas in Australia unless they have completed at least three years in a designated regional area, unless exceptional circumstances exist. Additionally, similar to current arrangements for the subclass 457 and 482 visa program, holders of the new provisional visas can be negatively impacted by sponsor non-compliance.

The new permanent visa will be:

  • Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional): To meet the requirements of the permanent visa (from November 2022) applicants must have held a subclass 491 or 494 visa for at least 3 years, have complied with the conditions on that visa and have met minimum taxable income requirements.
Effect on current regional visas:

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (subclass 187) and the Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489) will close to new applicants from November 16, 2019. Transitional arrangements will be put in place for applications which have been lodged and are undecided at that time, as well as applicants whose pathway currently targets the permanent Skilled Regional Visa (subclass 887).

Summary of this visa:

  • Commences 16th November 2019
  • Age under 45 at time of application
  • Competent English at time of application
  • 9,000 visas allocated each year,
  • 673 eligible occupations (Over 450 more occupations than closest non-regional equivalent visa)
  • Replaces 187 RSMS visa
  • Visa will be granted for 5 years
  • Eligible for Medicare –health insurance not required
  • Job offer from sponsoring company must be for 5 years
  • GTE requirement does not apply
  • Must live and work for 3 years in regional areas to get Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) 191 Visa
  • Can move between jobs but will have 90 days to find a new nominator
  • Cannot apply for any other skilled PR or 820 partner visa for 3 years
  • Regional Australia is everywhere except Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast
  • If in Australia, hold a substantive or Bridging Visa A, B or C
  • Successful skills assessment at time of application
  • Have at least three years’ full-time relevant work experience in the nominated occupation or a related field, at the same level of skill
  • Doctor registration requirement does not apply
  • DoHA Fee (main applicant) $4,045 and for spouse: $2,025, children under 18 : $1010
  • Second VAC: $4890 if adult applicant does not meet Functional English

SAF Charges (Subclass 494 Visa)

Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa

The following table summarises the amount of the charge that apply:

Years elapsed Turnover less than AUD 10 million In any other case
<1 AUD 3000 AUD 5000
1-less than 2 AUD 2400 AUD 4000
2-less than 3 AUD 1800 AUD 3000
3-less than 4 AUD 1200 AUD 2000
4-less than 5 AUD 600 AUD 1000

Contact us today for a commitment free briefing with our Registered Migration Agents in Melbourne to find more about your visa options.