The Department of Home Affairs released on 16 November 2019 two regional visas, namely 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (494 visa) and 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (491 visa). Today we will focus on the 494 visa.
494 visa is temporary visa that can be granted for up to 5 years, it is similar to 457/TSS visa and the primary difference between 494 visa and 457/TSS visa is that 494 visa requires the visa applicant to work in Regional Australia (everywhere other than Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane).
The visa is designed to respond to labour market shortages in regional Australia.
It enables employers to recruit skilled overseas workers who are willing to live and work in regional Australia on an ongoing basis. This visa can only be used if the employer is genuinely unable to source appropriately skilled Australian workers.
The employer must:
The visa applicant must:
Restrictions (Visa conditions)
Yes, and available from 16 November 2022 after working for the employer for 3 years.
Benefits of new visas
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