Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa – Subclass 494

What is the 494 skilled employer sponsored visa?

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.


Do you qualify for a visa?

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Can my employer nominate me on a 494 visa?

  • Your employer must be located in a designated regional area of Australia (excludes employers in Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth and Melbourne). The regions of Newcastle, Wollongong and the NSW Central Coast will become designated regional areas
  • Your position is on the relevant occupation list (over 700 occupations)
  • Your employer will need approval from the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) in your area
  • The position must be full-time, genuine and likely to be available for five years
  • You must be paid at the market salary rate

How do I meet the 494 visa requirements?

  • You must hold a suitable skills assessment
  • You must have at least three years of full time and relevant skilled work experience
  • You must be under 45 years of age
  • You must demonstrate Competent English

How does the 494 visa lead to permanent residency?

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:

  1. You have worked in the designated regional area for at least three years, whilst holding a 494 visa
  2. You can show earnings of at least $53,900 for three years. If you have a partner, only one of you needs to show this salary level (through tax returns) and this person would be the main applicant for the 191 visa

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.

What happens to 187 applications not decided by 16 November 2019?

The RSMS subclass 187 program will remain open for visa applicants who:

  • On 20 March 2019, held a temporary skill shortage (482) visa in the medium-term stream, or had applied for a 482 visa in the medium-term stream that was subsequently granted, or
  • On 18 April 2017 held a temporary work (457) visa; or had applied for a 457 visa that was subsequently granted it.

‘Orphan’ 187 nominations submitted before 16 November 2019 will be viewed as withdrawn on 16 November 2019 if:

  1. No decision has been made on the nomination before 16 November, and
  2. Nominee is not transitional 457 or 482 employee,and
  3. Nominee has not applied for a 187 visa before 16 November
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