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Australia 489

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5 Years

Cost

From AUD4,045

Processing times

Processing times for this visa are not currently available

With this visa, you can

  • live, work and study only in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • if eligible, apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time your visa is granted

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You must
  • be nominated to figure in an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • have a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation
  • have a relevant skills assessment, unless an exemption applies
  • work just for your sponsor or associated entity, unless an exemption applies
  • be under 45 years aged , unless an exemption applies
  • meet minimum standards of English proficiency

With this visa you can

  • Live, work and study only in designated provincial areas of Australia for five years
  • journey to and from Australia as repeatedly as you would like while the visa is valid
  • if qualified, apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time your visa is granted

Specified region

You can stay, work and study only in a designated regional area. Designated provincial areas include all of Australia except for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Pathways to permanent residence

  • If qualified, you can registered for permanent residence after you have held your 494 visa for 3 years.
  • Unless you have held your subclass 494 visa for 3 years, holders of the subclass 494 visa are unable to:
    • Make a valid application for a subclass 820 (Partner) visa
    • Be granted any of the following visas:
      • Subclass 132 (Business Talent)
      • Subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme)
      • Subclass 188 (Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional))
      • Subclass 189 (Skilled (Independent))
      • Subclass 190 (Skilled (Nominated))
      • Subclass 858 (Distinguished talent)
How long you can stay

This is a temporary visa. You can live in Australia for a time of 5 years from when your visa is granted.

Stay longer

You can’t live in Australia longer by extending this visa. Explore your visa options.

If qualified, you can register for permanent residence after three years from the period your visa is granted.

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application. You can:

  • include them when you submit your visa application
  • add a dependent child after you submit but before we decide on your visa application

Family who be relevant for the visa with you should meet our health and character requirements.

Family who do not register for the visa with you may also have to meet our health and character requirements.

If your partner or dependent children are not included in this application, you tell us the reason why. For example, they already hold Australian citizenship or are a permanent resident.

Cost

This visa costs AUD4,045 for the main candidate, AUD2,025 for each reliant 18 years and over, and AUD1,010 for each dependent under 18 years.

It costs an additional AUD4,890 if any reliant applicants who are 18 years and over do not have functional English. This extra charge is called a second instalment.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the second instalment or other costs.

You will have to pay other costs including English language tests, health test, police certificates and biometrics.

Apply from

You can be in or outside Australia when you valid for the visa and when we make a decision on your application, but not in immigration clearance.

If you are applying in Australia, you must hold either of the subsequent visa otherwise your application will not be valid:

  • a substantive visa, or
  • a Bridging visa A, Bridging visa B or Bridging visa C
Processing times

We assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to person circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting permit papers
  • how rapidly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting details give
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements

We might invite more information. We aren’t obliged to request next information or documents and may make a choice on the information provided. It’s your responsibility to make sure all relevant supporting/evidentiary documentation is attached to your application.

Your obligations

You and your family obey with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

You begin your employment within 90 days of:

  • entering Australia, if you are outside Australia when we grant the visa
  • the visa grant date, if you are in Australia when we grant the visa

You must only work in your nominated occupation and only work for your nominating employer in regional Australia. If you do not, we might cancel your visa.

Travel

You can travel out of Australia and return as repeatedly as you would like while the visa is valid.

The time you spend outside Australia doesn’t extend the visa.

Visa label

We will digitally connection your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.

Be this age

You must be under 45 years of age when you apply for the visa.

You must be under 45 years aged once you apply for the visa.

You are exempt from this criteria if any of the subsequent applies to you:

  • you are nominated as a tutorial (University Lecturer or Faculty Head at Academic Level A , B, C, D or E) by a university in Australia
  • you are nominated as a medical consult and are employed therein occupation for 3 years immediately before you apply because the holder of a short lived Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) or Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) visa, with a minimum of 2 years of this point employed in regional Australia
  • you are nominated as a scientist, researcher or technical (scientific) specialist at ANZSCO skill level 1 or 2 by an Australian scientific agency or Australian university
  • you have held a Special Category visa (subclass 444) or New Zealand Citizen kinship visa (subclass 461) visa for the last 3 years immediately before you apply and have worked for the employer who nominated you, within the nominated occupation, for a minimum of 2 years during that point
  • have held a subclass 457 visa or TSS visa for the last 3 years immediately before you apply
  • have worked in your nominated occupation for the employer who nominated you in the least time during those 3 years
  • had annual earnings for every of these 3 years, that were adequate to or greater than the Fair Work High Income Threshold that applied at the top of the relevant year.
Be nominated by an approved sponsor

You must be listed by an employer whose business is lawfully operating in Australia.
You must be used to figure within the nominated profession and during a position within the sponsoring business or an associated entity of that business, situated during a designated regional area of Australia.

Before you’ll apply for the visa, your employer will got to lodge a nomination application for you.

They’re going to only be ready to do that if they’re an accepted work sponsor or have a minimum of lodged an application to become a standard business sponsor

Have relevant skills, qualifications and work experience

If you’re the first visa candidate, you want to show that you simply have the talents, qualifications and work experience required to perform the nominated occupation.

You must undertake a skills assessment to demonstrate this – see Have a positive skills assessment below.

If it’s not mandatory for you to undertake a skills assessment, you’re still required to supply other evidence to demonstrate that you simply meet this requirement – see ‘Skills and qualifications documents’ under the Step by step tab.

You must are employed within the nominated profession for a minimum of 3 years on a full-time basis and at the skill level required for the nominated occupation.

Generally, you must to have gained your experience within the last 5 years. The amount doesn’t have to be continuous. We’d consider the same part-time work. We don’t consider casual work

Have a positive skills assessment

You must your skills assessed as suitable for the nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority. The assessment will show us you’ve got the talents to figure within the nominated occupation.

The skills assessment must be undertaken before your application is lodged. A skills assessment obtained for a short lived Graduate visa (subclass 485) isn’t a legitimate assessment for this visa.

You do not got to complete a skills assessment if at the time of application you held a short lived Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) or Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) for the nominated occupation and so as to be granted that visa, you were required to demonstrate your skills by providing an appropriate skills assessment.

You are exempt from these criteria if any of the subsequent applies to you:.

  • you are nominated as a tutorial (University Lecturer or Faculty Head at academic Level A, B, C, D or E) by an Australian university
  • you have held a Special Category visa (subclass 444) or New Zealand Citizen kinship visa (subclass 461) visa for the last 3 years immediately before you apply and have worked for the employer who nominated you, within the nominated occupation, for a minimum of 2 years during that point
Have this level of English language

You must have at least Competent English to be granted this visa.

Meet our health requirement

You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our health requirement.

If requested, family members not accompanying you to Australia might also need to meet our health requirement.

Meet our character requirement

You and your relations aged 16 years and over who apply for the visa with you want to meet our character requirement.

Family members not accompanying you to Australia must also meet the character requirement.

Important: if you’re sponsored by an accredited sponsor, you’re not required to get police certificates from countries aside from Australia provided you attach a reference from your accredited sponsor confirming that you simply are of excellent character which you’ve got not been convicted of any criminal offences. you want to still, however, provide any required Australian police clearances where applicable or when requested to try to to so.

Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
You may not be qualified for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.

Have paid back your debt to the Australian government

If you or any relatives (including those who don’t apply for the visa with you) owe the Australian government money, you or they must have paid it back or arranged to pay it back.

Sign the Australian values statement

If you are 16 years of age or older, you must:

  • have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia booklet and
  • sign an Australian Values Statement that confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws

(subclass 494)

Employer Sponsored stream

This visa enables regional employers to address identified labour shortages within their region by sponsoring skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker

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For Applicants For Sponsors

Step 1

Before you apply

Things you will get to arrange before you register could include obtaining a skills assessment, an English test or undertaking a health assessment. You would possibly also want to urge help together with your application.

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Get your skills assessed

Get a skills assessment if you would like to. The assessment will show you’ve got the proper skills and qualifications to try to to your job.

Organize English test

Make sure your English test results are current for this visa. You want to have a minimum of Competent English to be granted the visa. Have an English test if necessary.

Organize health exams

You need to possess health examinations. You’ll complete them before you apply otherwise you can wait until after you apply.

Get help together with your application you don’t need to use a migration agent to use for any visa. But if you would like to, see the way to find a registered migration agent.

Anyone can assist you fill out forms or offer you general help together with your application. But you would like to allow us to know if you want someone to:

Receive your correspondence
  • provide immigration assistance and act for you
Get the nomination Transaction Reference Number

Make sure your employer has submitted a nomination application. They will receive a nomination Transaction Reference Number (TRN) when they do.

Ask your employer for the TRN. You need it to apply for the visa.

Your rights and your employer’s responsibilities

Criminal and civil penalties are often applied to anyone who asks for, receives, offers or provides a benefit in exchange for visa sponsorship. Learn more about work visa scams.

Step 2

Gather your documents

Documents you’ll need to give could include papers for your identity, character, skills, work experience, health and English skills.

Provide accurate information

Provide accurate information. See what happens if you can’t prove your identity or don’t provide true information.

Identity documents

Give the pages of your current passport showing your photo, individual details, and passport issue and expiry dates.

Also provide:

  • a national identity card, if you have one
  • proof of change of name

Papers that prove a change of name include:

  • a marriage or divorce certificate
  • change of name documents from an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, or the relevant overseas authority
  • documents that show other names you have been known by
Age exemption documents

If you’re 45 years aged or older and qualified for an age exemption, give papers to point out you’re exempt from the age eligibility criteria.

See more about age exemptions in legislative instruments.

Skills and qualifications documents

You need to provide documents that prove your skills and qualifications including:

  • A suitable skills assessment by the relevant assessing authority, if required. we do not admit a skills assessment obtained for a short lived Graduate visa (subclass 485)
  • your CV (CV) or resume
  • qualifications and proof of labour skill like employment references, if required
  • documents from relevant Australian authorities that show you hold essential registrations or licences, or are going to be ready to meet essential registration and licensing requirements

See more about skills exemptions in legislative instruments.

English language documents

Provide documents that show you have Competent English.

Health documents

You do not need to provide health documents. If you have had medical exams, the results are sent to us by your doctor.

Character documents

Give an Australian police certificate if you’ve got spent a complete of 12 months or more in Australia within the last 10 years since you turned 16 years. We only agree to complete disclosure National Police Certificates issued by the Australian Federal Police . We don’t accept standard disclosure certificates or national police certificates issued by Australian state or territory police. For immigration purposes, Australian police certificates are valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

Also provide:

  • an abroad police certificate from every country, including your home country, where you spent a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years since you turned 16 years
  • military service records or discharge papers if you served in the armed forces of any country in the last 10 years

Important: if you are sponsored by an accredited sponsor, you are not required to obtain police certificates from countries other than Australia provided you attach a reference from your accredited sponsor confirming that you are of good character and that you have not been convicted of any criminal offences. You must still, however, give any required Australian police clearances where applicable or when requested to do so.

Partner documents

Provide:

  • identity documents
  • character documents

Provide either:

  • your current marriage certificate or
  • sufficient documents to prove your partner has been in a de facto relationship with you for at least 12 months before you apply

Documents that prove a de facto relationship include:

  • joint bank account declaration
  • billing accounts in joint names
  • joint leases or mortgages
  • documents that show you have both lived at the same address

You must show that your partner has Functional English.

If you can’t show that your partner has Functional English, you will need to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge when we ask you to.

Dependent documents

For every dependent 18 years and over who is applying with you give:

  • identity documents
  • documents about other relationships, if applicable
  • character documents

For every dependent under 18 years who is applying with you provide:

  • identity documents
  • character documents, if applicable

For every dependent under 18 years who is applying with you provide:

  • a completed Form 47a Details of child or other dependent family member aged 18 years or over 
  • proof of your relationship with the family member and/or dependent such as a birth certificate or marriage certificate

You must also prove this person has been financially dependent on you for at least 12 months before you apply. You could provide:

  • proof they live with you
  • their tax records
  • proof they are currently studying

You must show that your family member and/or dependent has Functional English.

If you can’t show that your family member and/or dependent has Functional English, you will need to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge when we ask you to.

Tell us you are getting help

To nominate someone to:

  • receive your correspondence, use Form 956a Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised recipient 
  • provide immigration advice, use Form 956 Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance 
  • • act for you but not provide immigration assistance, let us know in writing what they can do on your behalf (such as submit or withdraw an application for you). Upload your written notification in ImmiAccount

See more about getting help with your application.

Prepare your documents

Translate

Have all non-English documents translated into English.

Translators in Australia must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

Translators outside Australia do not have to be accredited. But on each translation, they must include their:

  • full name
  • address and telephone number
  • qualifications and experience in the language they are translating

These details must be in English.

Scan or photograph

Scan or photograph all documents (English and non-English) in color.

The scans and photos must be clear.

If a document is more than one page, save it all as one file.

Step 3

Apply for the visa

You apply for this visa online in ImmiAccount.

Provide accurate information

Provide accurate information. See what happens if you can’t show your identity or don’t provide accurate information.

Apply online in ImmiAccount

1. Login or create an ImmiAccount

2. Attach documents.

3. Pay the application charge. We will not process your application until you pay.

4. Note the Transaction Reference Number.

Step 4

After you apply

We will let you know when we have received your application. See what you can and must do after you apply.

Status updates

We can’t give updates on applications within the standard processing time.

We may ask for more details. We are not obliged to ask for further details or papers and can make a decision on the information provided.

Travel after you apply

If you are in Australia, you don’t have to tell us if you want to travel outside Australia while we process your application. This is because you can be outside Australia when we decide on your application.

But if you leave Australia, make sure you have a valid visa to return.

Learn about visa expiry.

Learn about travel on a Bridging visas.

Health exams

If you did not have health examinations before you applied, we’ll let you to know if you would like them. Check ImmiAccount.

Biometrics

We may invite biometrics (fingerprints and photo). We’ll let you to know if you would like to supply them.

Attach more information

We might ask you to supply more information. Attach any additional documents we ask you for as soon as possible in ImmiAccount..

Stay lawful

If you’re in Australia, confirm you stay lawful by holding a legitimate visa while we process your application. you want to hold a substantive visa or a Bridging visa A, Bridging visa B or Bridging visa C for your visa application to be processed.

If you were in Australia once you applied for this visa, you’ll are granted a Bridging visa. If your current visa expires before we choose your application, the Bridging visa will start. You’ll stay in Australia on the Bridging visa while we process your new visa application.

Do not ask us to cancel your current visa. If your visa is cancelled, you will:

  • be staying in Australia unlawfully
  • not be eligible for a Bridging visa.
Pay the second instalment

If you would like to pay a second instalment of the visa application charge we’ll send you an invoice after you’ve got met all other requirements for the visa. Pay the instalment after you get the invoice. Don’t invite the invoice.

Add family

You can’t add members of the relatives to your visa application after it’s been submitted.
If you’ve got submitted your visa application and that we are processing it, certain relations that weren’t included in your visa application can submit a subsequent entrant application.
Alternatively, if we’ve granted you a visa, certain relations may apply to hitch you in Australia later as a subsequent entrant.
If you had a baby, you ought to tell us as soon as possible. If you don’t, your child could also be unlawful.

Mistakes on your application

Let us know as soon as you can if you made a mistake on your application.

Complete Form 1023 Notification of incorrect answers.

Help with your application

Let us know if you no longer want someone to:

  • receive your correspondence – complete Form 956a Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised recipient 
  • provide immigration advice – complete Form 956 Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance (212KB PDF)
  • act for you – let us know in writing by uploading your advice in ImmiAccount

See more about withdrawing your nomination.

Tell us if things change

Tell us if things change after you submit your application but before we choose your application.
Things you got to allow us to realize include:

  • you want to withdraw your visa application
  • changes to your telephone number , email, address or passport
  • changes to your relationship status
  • the birth of a toddler

See what to do if your situation changes.

Step 5

Visa outcome

You can be in or outside Australia when we decide on your visa application.

About visa outcome

We must have approved your employer’s nomination before we can grant you this visa.

We will let you know our decision about your visa application in writing.

If we grant your visa, we will tell you:

  • your visa grant number
  • the date your visa starts
  • your visa conditions

Keep a copy of the decision.

If we refuse your visa, we will tell you:

  • why we refused the visa
  • whether you have a right to a review of the decision

We will not refund the visa application charge if we refuse your application.

Coming to Australia

Before you leave

Check your travel documents

You must have:

  • a valid visa to enter Australia
  • a valid passport or other travel document

At the Border

Completing an Incoming Passenger Card

All people arriving in Australia must complete an Incoming Passenger Card. You will be given this card during your flight.

Leaving the airport faster

We have an automatic process that uses face recognition technology and your ePassport. You would possibly be ready to leave the airport faster if you employ SmartGate.

In Australia

What you can do when you have this visa

  • employment 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
  • if qualified, register for a permanent resident visa

Your visa will come with conditions attached to it. To see your conditions, see your grant letter or use VEVO.

What you must do when you have this visa

You and your family have to meet all visa conditions and obey Australian laws.

You must begin your employment within 90 days after your:

  • entry to Australia if you were granted the visa outside Australia
  • visa grant date if you were granted the visa in Australia

Learn more about visa details and conditions

Tell us if things change

Things you need to let us know about include:

  • changes to your phone number, email, address or passport
  • changes to your employer
  • changes to your service status including promotions and changes in hours
  • changes to your relationship status
  • the birth of a child

See what to do if your situation changes.

See how long you can stay

This is a provisional visa. You can live, work and study only in regional Australia for up to 5 years.

To see when you must go away, see your grant letter or use VEVO

Staying longer

If your visa is expiring and you want to keep working in Australia for your employer:

  • your employer will need to submit a new nomination
  • you must apply for a new visa.

You can’t stay longer by extending the visa.

Your company may be able to sponsor you for permanent residence through the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191).

This visa does not come into effect until 2022.

Travelling on your visa

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

Time spent outside Australia does not extend your length of stay in Australia.

Proving you have a visa

To prove you have a visa and show your conditions to someone, use VEVO.

Working

Generally, you’ll only work for the business that sponsored you. If your sponsor is an Australian business, you’ll employment for that business or one among its associated entities as long because it is in regional Australia.

When you work in Australia, you are protected by Australian workplace law. See your workplace rights and entitlements.

Learn more about visa details and conditions.

Bringing family

Secondary candidates can apply for this visa as a subsequent entrant.

Visa holders affected by the bushfires

You must:

  • continue to meet the conditions of your visa.
  • Live, work and study only in the designated regional areas of Australia for Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) holders.

If your employment ends due to your employer being no longer able to offer you employment or the business ceasing to exist due to the bushfires, you have 60 days to:

  • find another employer to sponsor you and have them lodge a new nomination, which must be approved before you can start working for them; or
  • apply for and be granted a different visa (see Explore visa options); or
  • depart Australia

Please also see:

  • Disaster Assist – details about what the Government is doing to help persons, communities, businesses and local governments to recover from these bushfires
  • Health Direct – information about bushfire health and safety

Leaving Australia

Before you leave

Check your travel documents
You must have a valid passport or other travel document to leave Australia.
Ensure your visa is still valid
Check your situations and the expiry of your visa in VEVO. See what you can and must do if your visa has expired or is about to expire. At the Border
Leaving the airport faster
We have an automated process that uses facial identification technology and your ePassport. You might be able to leave the airport faster if you use SmartGate. After you leave
Get your superannuation (if you are leaving Australia and do not intend to return)
You are likely to have some money in a superannuation fund if you worked in Australia and:
  • you were 18 years or older
  • you were paid AUD450 or more (before tax) in a month
See how to access your superannuation.
Proving you have been to Australia
To confirm you have been to Australia, request your international movement records by completing Form 1359 Request for international movement records
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