Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa (SESR)
The Subclass 494, Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa (SESR) is a great option for a guaranteed pathway to Permanent Residence.


There are 673 eligible occupations to choose from!


The Subclass 494 Visa has 673 eligible occupations and is a pathway to Australian Permanent Residence via the Subclass 191 Visa.

This regional sponsored visa allows you to transition to Permanent Residence after three years of you and your family living, working and/or studying in  a regional area.


This is basically everywhere in Australia except Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.


Valid for 5 years

The Subclass 494 Visa is granted for 5 years

This skilled regional visa also represents an amazing opportunity for regional employers who are struggling to find staff in the regional areas where they operate.


Permanent Residence after 3 years!

This visa allows a transition to permanent residence after three years, and you don’t need an employer nomination to do this!


What are the requirements for the Subclass 494 Regional Sponsored Visa?


  • You must be under 45 years of age, unless exempt.

    Skills Assessment

    • You must have a skills assessment in your nominated occupation, which is less than three years old.


    • You must be sponsored by an employer, and there is also a Labour Agreement stream.
    • Your nominating employer must be an approved Standard Business Sponsor.


    • You must have”Competent” English (e.g. IELTS 6) , unless you hold a passport from:
      • United Kingdom
      • Republic of Ireland
      • Canada
      • New Zealand
      • United States


    What sort of occupations are available for this new Regional Sponsored Visa?

    There is an extensive occupation list with 673 occupations!


    What is the pathway to permanent residence from the Subclass 494 visa?
    • There is an option to transition to the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence visa three years after being granted the Subclass 494 visa.
    • The Subclass 191 Visa will come into effect on 16 November 2022.
    • All members of the family must live work and study in the regional area for at least three years to become eligible to transition to permanent residence.
    • Regional areas of basically all areas of Australia except the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.


    I have heard that there are lots of conditions attached to the Subclass 494 visa. What are they?

    You are correct, there are several conditions attached to the visa. These are:


    Notification requirements

    Condition 8578: you must notify the Department within 14 days of a change of your residential address, email, phone number, passport details, employers details, address and location of position of employment.


    Live Work and study in a Regional area

    Condition 8579: you must live work and study in a regional area, including all members of the family.


    Requirement to provide evidence

    Condition 8580: You must provide evidence if requested within 28 days of your residential address, address of each employer, address of location of employment, and address of any educational institution.


    Attend interview if requested

    Condition 8581: if requested you must attend an interview with the Department in a manner specified by it (face-to-face, Skype or FaceTime).


    Work with Nominating Employer

    Condition 8608: the primary visa holder must only work in the nominated occupation and within the business of their nominating employer or an associated business of the employer. If the primary visa holder’s employment is terminated, they have 90 days to find another position.


    Please note that breaching any of these conditions, may result in visa cancellation.


    I have heard that there are other visas you cannot apply for once you have held a Subclass 494 visa. Is this correct?

    Yes. There is a three-year restriction on applying for the following visas whilst holding a Subclass 494 visa:


    • Subclass 124 and 858 – Distinguished Talent Visas
    • Subclass 132 – Business Talent Visa
    • Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme
    • Visa Subclass 188 – Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Visa
    • Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent Visa
    • Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated Visa
    • Subclass 820/801 – Provisional/Permanent Partner Visa


    Will I be eligible for Medicare if I lodge a new Subclass 494 Regional Visa?

    Yes. Happily, applicants for the Subclass 494 visa will be eligible for Medicare.


    On the subject of health, is there a Health Waiver provision in the Subclass 494 visa?

    There is a health waiver provision for the Employer Sponsored Stream Of the Subclass 494 visa – however there is no health waiver provision in the Labour Agreement Stream.


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