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Subclass 494


The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Subclass 494 ) Visa, came into force in November 2019 and replaced the Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (RSMS).


VISA 494

494 visa holders can remain in Australia for up to 5 years, with a permanent residency pathway available after 3 years. Dependents may be included and must also live, work and study in a designated regional area.

Subclass 494

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional

The Subclass 494 visa is a Temporary Visa with 673 eligible occupation and is an exciting new pathway to Permanent Residence. This new regional visa allows to transition to Permanent Residence after three years of living and working in a regional area. This is basically everywhere in Australia except Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
A business must become an approved Sponsor in order to employ a 494 visa holder.

VISA 494


With this visa, you can:

    • live, work and study in Australia only in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years
    • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid
    • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
    • apply for permanent residence after 3 years through the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) – which commences on 16 November 2022.

You can bring your family with you (they can work and study).
IMPORTANT: Holders of the new provisional visas will also be unable to apply for most other visas (subclass 189/190/820/186) in Australia until they have completed at least three years in a designated regional area, unless exceptional circumstances exist.

VISA 494

Requirements to apply

To apply for the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa (SESR) visa, applicants must be nominated by an approved employer and meet a number of other requirements:

Occupation - English:

Competent English – IELTS (or equivalent test) score of 6 in each component.

The role that the employer wants to fill must appear as an occupation on the Regional Occupation List


The salary for the nominated position must meet two requirements. Firstly, the remuneration must be above the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT).

This threshold is set by DIBP each year and is currently $53,900 plus superannuation. Secondly, the proposed salary must be within the Australian market rate for the role.


To be eligible for this visa, applicant must:
have a relevant qualification at the skill level required for the job

have been employed in the nominated occupation for at least 3 years on a full-time basis and at the skill level required for the nominated occupation

you also must have a positive skills assessment at time of application

Visa 494

How long can you stay

This is a provisional visa. You can stay in Australia for a period of 5 years from when your visa is granted.  You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending this Visa, you can apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time your visa is granted applying for the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa

Visa 494

Conditions and pathway to PR:

  • Must live and work for 3 years on the 494 visa in regional areas to be able to apply for the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) 191 Visa
  • Can move between employers in regional area
  • Holders must show earnings of at least $53,900 annually for three years in order to apply for Permanent residency

494 SESR


Main Applicant: $4.77o,00
Secondary Applicant over 18: $2.385,00
Secondary applicant under 18: $1.190,00

494 SESR

Processing time

5 to 9 months.

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