494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa

494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional Visa) – WORK IN REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional Visa) (Subclass 494) visa enables regional Australian business to sponsor skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker. The 494 visa allows Australian employers to sponsor foreign employees to live and work in regional Australia permanently. An international worker tht holds a 494 visa is usually granted permanent residency after 3 years of working in regional Australia. The 494 visa is designed to address identified labour shortages within regional Australia. Regional Australia includes most locations of Australia that are outside the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. For example, cities such as Adelaide, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast and Hobart are considered part of Regional Australia. The 494 visa is a great pathway to permanent residency in Australia.

Why choose Immigration Gurus for your 494 skilled employer sponsored visa

  • We prepare your whole 494 visa application
  • We also work with employers to make sure that the sponsorship and nominations applications are done correctly
  • Hundreds of successful 494 visa applicants
  • High Success rate
  • Network of 494 eligible employers

494 Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa – the basics

  • Applicants must be less than 45 years of age when making the application
  • Be nominated by an approved Australian employer, who will sponsor them in a position in Regional Australia
  • Have the relevant skills, qualifications and work experience to perform the position
  • Have a positive skills assessment
  • Meet the health requirements
  • Meet the character requirements
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
  • There are exemptions available in some circumstances.

Please Contact Us to find out if you are eligible for the 494 visa scheme.

The 494 Visa has two streams

The entry stream that you are eligible for will depend on your current situation and will be evaluated by our team.

Employer Sponsored Stream

Labour Agreement Stream

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The Immigration Gurus were fantastic in helping me obtain the right visa. The team were very organised and professional during the application process and made sure that I was given the best chance of success. Their expert advice gave me confidence from the lodgement date until my visa was granted. I would highly recommend the Immigration Gurus to anyone looking for top quality immigration advice.


The Immigration Gurus made the journey to permanent residency a breeze. Because I work and live in a remote area of Australia, I haven’t had the chance to meet the Guru team in person yet. However, the support and effort they provided during my immigration application was much appreciated. I highly recommend their services.


The Immigration Gurus were always kind, fast and precise in answering our questions... they helped my partner and I in obtaining a student visa. Ask for their help and you will not regret it!


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Thank you so much to the Immigration Guru team, you are all such genuine, professional and approachable individuals. We had a great feeling about Nat and his team and we weren't disappointed, they guided us all the way. I will definitely be recommending you to everyone!


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The Immigration Gurus are great! They helped me not only for my visa, but also for every other issues as well. Thank you for your help, I will see you for my next visa!


I can't express my gratitude in words, you handled my case with great professionalism. Due to a bad turn of events my visa was cancelled and I faced loosing all that I had here in Australia, you assured me from the start and were able to turn around the decision. I am now a citizen of Australia and am working toward building my own business and starting my family. Thank you very much!


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