Subclass 494 Employer Sponsored Regional Visa

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Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa

This stream allows employers in regional Australia to recruit skilled overseas workers to work in specified skilled occupations for five years. Visa holders become eligible to apply for permanent residence after three years.

The SESR visa is a temporary (provisional) visa that enables a visa holder who satisfies the primary criteria to enter and stay in Australia for a period of five years from the date of grant.

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KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be under 45 years of age at the time of application
  • You must be nominated by an approved sponsor
  • The assessment from RCB is required at the time of nomination
  • You must have at least three years full time work experience
  • Suitable skill assessment is required at the time of application
  • Must have competent English at the time of application
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BENEFITS OF THE 494 SKILLED EMPLOYER SPONSORED REGIONAL

  • Work only in regional Australia for up to 5 years for your sponsor
  • Live and study only in regional Australia for up to 5 years
  • Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid
  • Apply for a permanent resident visa
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There are three stages in sponsoring an overseas worker under the SESR visa program:

  1. Sponsorship: Standard business sponsorship approval is required for subclass 494 visa. In order to get sponsorship status, a business must be lawfully operating and not have an adverse business background. The cost of standard sponsorships is $420.
  2. Nomination Application: This application is submitted on behalf of the Australian Business and details the terms of the position to be filled. The position must be on the gazetted list of skilled occupations. The SAF levy must be pay at the time of nomination.

The following table summarises the Skilled Australians Fund (SAF) charges:

Years elapsed For businesses with an annual turnover less than AUD 10 million In any other case
<1 AUD 3000 AUD 5000
1-less than 2 AUD 2400 AUD 4000
2-less than 3 AUD 1800 AUD 3000
3-less than 4 AUD 1200 AUD 2000
4-less than 5 AUD 600 AUD 1000
  1. Visa Application: This application is submitted on behalf of the visa applicant and dependent family members and addresses the skill, health, character and English language criteria.

VISA APPLICATION COST

The visa costs AUD4,045 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

  • Additional applicant over 18 years old: AUD2,025
  • Additional applicant under 18 years old: AUD1,010

For applicants who have turned 18 at the time of application and who are assessed as not having functional English the second instalment is:

  • main applicants AUD9,800
  • secondary applicants AUD4,890.

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What matters to us most is what our clients have to say about their experience once everything has been resolved. Below are some of the messages we have received from people we’ve represented.

Bastian Alarcón Vergara
Bastian Alarcón V.
I was very satisfied with these guys and how my visa application was handled. We started the process early on together with my sponsor to make sure we had enough time to sort out all the required documents for the application. It only took 6 weeks from the date we applied to get my 482 Skilled Shortage Visa granted which was much quicker than I was expecting. Highly recommended.read more
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Ezequiel López C.
These Lawyers are fantastic! A special thank you to Kiri. I applied for my partner visa in June 2021 and we were approved January 2022. Kiri and the team at Gold Migration Lawyers were very helpful and down to earth. They made the process very easy. I definitely recommend!read more
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Brendon V.
Gold Migration have been a pleasure to work with from the day we submitted our application for Partner Visa back in February 2020. They have been very proactive in keeping us up to date and also ensuring that my wife and I had all the information we needed.We both highly recommend Gold Migration Lawyers as they are very good at what they do and are a pleasure to work with.read more
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SP R.
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Gold migration are one of the best lawyers we have ever dealt with. We were in the verge of loosing hope with my husbands 461 visa and they took over the case and among all other lawyers they were the only ones that gave us positive reinforcement. It is a glorious end when my husband got the visa granted this morning after weeks of sleepless night and having so much uncertainty. I can’t thank gold migration lawyers enough for all the work they have done in this process. I would highly recommend them for any of your legal needs. Andreas you are amazing as well as all your team you work with, can’t thank you guys enough.read more
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Thank you so much to the team at gold migration for your amazing work, quick responses and professionalism. Without your help I don’t know where we would be right now!Honestly cannot thank you all enough. You’ve made these tough times a lot easier and the future for me and my fiancée much brighter!read more