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Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 494

The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa 494 which allows you to study, live or work in Australia for a maximum period of 5 years. The 494 Visa Australia requires the applicant to be nominated by an approved work sponsor in Australia. The Visa subclass 494 requires the applicant to be less than 45 years in age while applying for the visa. The visa subclass 494 Skilled employer sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa is a visa category of temporary type. The visa subclass 494 is for those applicants having special skills expertise that have shortage in Australia. The Australian visa 494 enables the regional employers identify skilled labors and sponsor them to Australia in the areas where they cannot get appropriate human resource in Australia.

To be able to apply for a visa subclass 494 you will have to satisfy the skills assessment test as per the Australian norms. The skills for which you have been nominated for or you are applying for must be listed in the Skills Occupation list attached to the visa subclass 494. ISA Migrations and Education Consultants have the expert Migration Agent Australia who can help you with all the attached terms and conditions and get quick access to a visa subclass 494.

What visa subclass 494 lets you do in Australia?

With an Australian visa subclass 494 you will be able to go to Australia through the nomination by a regional employer who finds you eligible to work in Australia in an area where there is a shortage of required special skills and human resource.

Employer Sponsored Stream:

  • You can live, study or work in Australia in a designated area of regional Australia for a maximum period of 5 years.
  • This visa subclass allows you to travel and from Australia unlimited numbers of times while the visa validity.
  • You may also find yourself eligible for a permanent Australian residence after 3 years of the visa subclass 494 grant on satisfying certain attach conditions.
  • You will be allowed to add members of your family unit in your visa application too.

Labour Agreement Stream:

  • The visa stream entitles you a stay of 5 years in designated regional Australia where you will be allowed to work or study.
  • This visa enables you to travel to and from Australia as many times as you want until the visa remains valid.
  • After 3 years of holding the visa subclass 494 you may also gain permanent residency in Australia if eligible.
  • The members of your family unit can be included with you in your visa application.

What are 494 Visa Requirements?

The subclass 494 Visa requirements define the different necessary points that should be achieved by the applicant in order to get access of the 494 Visa Australia. The below mentioned points should be taken care of to ascertain the visa 494:

  • The subclass 494 requires you to fulfill the English language requirements in order to get the visa subclass 494.
  • You must satisfy the health requirements in accordance with the Australian framework along with the other family members even if not accompanying you to Australia.
  • You and all of your family members are required to satisfy the character requirements according to the Australian policy and framework.
  • You will be required to sign the Australian value statement where you will declare that you will respect the Australian cultures, laws and lifestyle.
  • Any of the visas or visa application of the applicant must not have been refused or canceled in the past.
  • The applicant must not be a debtor of the Australian Government and must have paid back in case of any due amount.

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 494 Eligibility criteria

The Visa Subclass 494 being a temporary visa which allows you to live, study or work in Australia for a maximum of 5 years can be ascertained through 494 visa eligibility criteria which consists of the following:

  • An approved work sponsor in Australia must have nominated you to come to Australia for work.
  • The occupation you are applying for must be relevant with one listed on the skilled occupation list
  • While you apply for a subclass 494 visa, you must be less than 45 years in age.
  • The occupation you apply for must undergo an appropriate skills assessment.
  • The applicant must successfully meet out the minimum English language proficiency standards.

There are two sub-categories of skilled employer sponsored regional (provisional) visa which also has some difference in eligibility criteria.

Employer Sponsored stream:

  • The applicant must be less than 45 years in age while applying for the Employer sponsored stream skilled employer sponsored regional visa subclass 494.
  • An employer having a lawful operating business in Australia must have nominated you to come to Australia for work.
  • Before applying for this visa 494 subclass, you must have undertaken a skills assessment test that demonstrates your positive scores in the applied skills.
  • Your applied occupation must be one relevant to the list of skills occupation list.
  • You must have at least the competent level of English language to be eligible for this visa.

Labour Agreement Stream:

  • The occupation which is nominated must be the subject of a labour agreement that is made between a nominator and a Commonwealth.
  • You must be under 45 years in age while applying for this visa subclass stream
  • You must possess a work experience, qualification or skills of a work related to any skill or occupation as listed in the skills occupation list.
  • You must have undergone a skills assessment that shows you have positive skills towards the occupation you have applied or been nominated for.

The basic eligibility criteria for a subclass 494 have been mentioned above; however you can consult an expert migration agent to understand the different eligibility criteria according to your individual situation.

494 Visa Checklist

The Subclass 494 Visa Australia being a temporary work visa allows an individual to work, study or live in Australia for a maximum of 5 years which can be ascertained on fulfillment of certain conditions. The following points should be considered as the checklist for visa subclass 494 and be taken care of necessarily while applying for one:

  • You must be nominated by an approved work sponsor of Australia to come and work in Australia.
  • You must be below 45 years while applying for this visa 494 subclass.
  • Must have skills or occupation relevant to the one listed in the Skills Occupation list.
  • Must have undergone a skills assessment test.
  • Must fulfill health and character requirements.
  • Should be eligible according to the English language requirement level.
  • Should not contain any debts from the Australian Government.

For any further assistance regarding the visa and other related queries, you are most welcome to book a free consultation with our expert Migration Agent Australia at the ISA Migrations and education consultants office or you may reach out to us through calls or emails too.

What is 494 Visa Processing Time?

The Visa subclass 494 does not have a determined processing time. The skilled employer sponsored Visa 494 processing time depends on different factors which may cause you processing times of the visa to vary. Your visa may take longer to process if you do not fill the application correctly or miss submission of a document. The visa processing may also take longer to process if you do not respond on time for the required questions put up by the department.

However you may feel free to contact our Migration Agent Australia and get in touch with the ISA Migrations and Education Consultants for all of your visa related concerns.

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