The Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 494 addresses labour shortages in Australia’s regional areas. It allows Australian employers to sponsor skilled workers to live and work in these regions. To apply, candidates must be under 45, meet English proficiency standards, and satisfy eligibility criteria.

Categories of Subclass 494

Subclass 494 is divided into three streams:

  1. Employer-Sponsored Stream: For applicants nominated by an Australian employer in a designated regional area.
  2. Subsequent Entrant: For family members of Subclass 494 holders.
  3. Labour Agreement Stream: For applicants nominated by an employer with a labour agreement with the Australian government.

Benefits of Subclass 494

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

Application Process

Before Applying:

Collecting Documents:

Applying for the Visa:

After Applying:

Visa Outcome:

Processing Time

The processing time for Subclass 494 visas depends on factors like the completeness of the application and the time taken to verify documents. Current processing times are not available.

Working with Settlers Migration & Education

At Settlers Migration & Education, we pride ourselves on guiding applicants through the visa process smoothly. Our extensive experience ensures that we understand the intricacies involved and can provide reliable advice. Get in touch with us to handle your visa application effectively and confidently.


  1. Does Subclass 494 lead to permanent residency?
    • Yes, after three years of holding the visa and meeting eligibility criteria, you can apply for permanent residency.
  2. How long does it take to process Subclass 494?
    • Processing time varies based on application completeness and the time taken to assess the provided information.
  3. How long can I stay in Australia with Subclass 494?
    • The visa allows you to stay for five years.
  4. What is the cost of Subclass 494?
    • The approximate cost is AUD 4,045.


The Subclass 494 visa offers a pathway to live and work in Australia’s regional areas, benefiting both employers and skilled workers. With Settlers Migration & Education, you can navigate the application process with confidence and ease. Contact us today to start your journey towards a successful visa application.

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