Australian Education and Migration Services

Employer Sponsored Provisional Visa

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)

This visa enables regional employers to address identified labour shortages within their region by sponsoring skilled workers where employers can't source an appropriately skilled Australian worker

Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored (Regional): Substituting the current 187 (RSMS) visa and commenced November 16, 2019 the 494 visa has 10,000 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 (exemptions apply), competent English, RCB advice and must meet the AMSR. Visa applicants must have a suitable skills assessment and at least 3 years’ skilled employment.

Regional areas are defined as any area excluding Sydney, Melbourne Brisbane. Perth and Gold Coast are classified as regional areas.

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 3 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.

494 visa requirements (visa applicant):

494 Employer and job offer requirements:

Benefits of the 494 visa:

Conditions and pathway to PR:

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