The 494 skilled employer sponsored visa will replace the 187 (RSMS) visa on 16 November 2019.
A total of 9,000 places will be allocated to the 494 visa program every year. The 494 visa does not grant immediate permanent residency, like the 187 RSMS visa, but a 494 visa holder may be eligible for the 191 skilled regional permanent residency visa in the future.
The 494 is a five-year visa. You can access permanent residence through the Subclass 191 (Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional)) visa when the following is met:
You do NOT need to be nominated by an employer to make an application for the 191 visa. This is a major difference to the RSMS 187 visa.
The RSMS subclass 187 program will remain open for visa applicants who:
‘Orphan’ 187 nominations submitted before 16 November 2019 will be viewed as withdrawn on 16 November 2019 if: