The Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa, subclass 494, is a regional visa that allows skilled workers to live and work in designated regional areas of Australia. Here are the general requirements for the 494 visa:
- Regional Employer Sponsorship:
- The applicant must have a job offer from an employer who is located in a designated regional area of Australia and is an approved sponsor or eligible to become one.
- The employer must apply for and receive approval as a Standard Business Sponsor before the visa application.
- Occupation List:
- The applicant’s occupation must be on the Regional Occupation List (ROL).
- Skills Assessment:
- The applicant must have a valid skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority for their nominated occupation.
- The skills assessment ensures that the applicant has the required skills and qualifications for the nominated occupation.
- English Language Proficiency:
- The applicant must meet the English language requirements, which typically involve demonstrating competent English through language test results such as IELTS, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic, or Cambridge English.
- Age Limit:
- The applicant must be under the age of 45 at the time of application.
- Health and Character Requirements:
- The applicant must meet health and character requirements, including undergoing a medical examination and obtaining police clearance certificates.
- Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Requirement:
- The applicant must satisfy the GTE requirement, which assesses whether they genuinely intend to stay in Australia temporarily and have a genuine reason to enter and remain in the country.
- Nomination by Employer:
- The employer must nominate the applicant for a specific position that meets the requirements of the 494 visa, including offering terms and conditions of employment that meet the relevant Australian standards.
- Regional Residence Requirement:
- The applicant must commit to living and working in a designated regional area of Australia for a period of at least three years.
It’s important to note that the subclass 494 visa has various streams, such as the Employer-Sponsored stream and the Labor Agreement stream. The specific requirements and validity period of the visa can differ based on the stream chosen.
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