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What is the Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa?

  • The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa is a pathway to permanent residency for suitably skilled workers employed in regional areas.
  • This pathway enables rural employers in designated postcodes to sponsor foreign workers to address labour shortages in these postcodes.
  • This is a pathway to permanent residency, with potential eligibility to apply for new the Subclass 191 permanent residency visa three years after three years of holding the Subclass 494.
  • This visa enables you to live and work for up to five years within Australia.



  • Suitably qualified foreign resident with an occupation recognized as a labour shortage under the Subclass 494 scheme.
  • Three years work experience within that occupation to qualify.
  • You must have a Skills Assessment.
  • Proof that you meet the minimum English standards.
  • You must be nominated by an entity that is an approved work sponsor.



  • You may be onshore or offshore when this application is made.
  • You may be onshore or offshore at the time of the Department’s decision.
  • You are restricted to working, studying and living in a designated regional postcode.
  • As this visa restricts your geographic location to designated postcodes, strict conditions may be attached to this grant, which includes:
    • Condition 8579: Live, study and work in a designated regional area;
    • Condition 8580: Provide proof of residential, school or work address
    • Condition 8581:  Attend a Departmental interview where and when requested
    • Condition 8606:  Be employed only in the nominated occupation
  • This visa restricts you to working only for the approved sponsor or associated business.
  • This visa enables you to bring your partner and children to Australia on your visa, or as a subsequent entrant.
  • This visa grants you multiple travel facilities, allowing you to enter and exit Australia.

This visa has a global processing time, which can be found here.

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