Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)
The subclass 494 visa allows employers to sponsor overseas workers to live and work in regional Australia on a temporary basis. This visa is designed to assist regional employers who are unable to meet their skilled Australian workforce needs from the local labour market. The visa is valid for a five-year period with visa holders able to apply for a permanent visa, if they meet the relevant criteria.
The business seeking to employ you must be actively and lawfully operating in Australia.
In addition, there must not be any adverse information known that is relevant to the business’s suitability as an approved sponsor.
Certain businesses may be able to apply for accredited status, which enables them to receive priority processing for subclass 494 nomination and visa applications. Please contact us to check if your employer’s business may be eligible for accreditation.
The position to be filled must be on either the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Regional Occupation List (ROL) and:
NOTE: the AMSR for your nominated occupation (excluding non-monetary benefits) must also be no less than $53,900 per year. The AMSR is the salary that an Australian earns (or would earn) for performing equivalent work on a full-time basis for a year in the same workplace at the same location. You will be exempt from this requirement if your salary is more than $250,000 per year.
NOTE: Alternative LMT criteria apply in certain circumstances. Evidence provided in support of LMT must meet strict criteria regarding the location, type and content of the advertisement. Sponsors are not required to undertake LMT if an International Trade Obligation applies. Please contact us for further information regarding the type of LMT required for your nomination.
As the visa applicant, you must (unless exempt from the requirements):
NOTE: In each case, the test must have been undertaken within the last three years (with the exception of the CAE test, which must be dated on or after 1 January 2015)
Note: Exemptions may apply to some of the criteria listed above. Please contact us to discuss if any exemptions apply to your situation.
Please contact us if you need assistance determining your eligibility, or if you would like us to manage this process on your behalf.
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