Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (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.

To sponsor an applicant, businesses must:

  •  be an eligible business
  • be or have applied to be a Standard Business Sponsor
  • pay the Skilling Australians Fund levy when you nominate an applicant

Learn more about being a Standard Business Sponsor.


With this visa, migrants 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 their visa is granted.

Visa Requirements

To apply migrants must:

  • Have at least 3 years relevant work experience in their nominated occupation
  • Have a relevant skills assessment, unless an exemption applies
  • Work only for their sponsor or associated entity, unless an exemption applies
  • Be under 45 years of age, unless an exemption applies
  • Meet minimum standards of English language proficiency


The Process

In order to apply,  Standard Business Sponsors must provide all required documents shown on the Application Checklist (available upon request), in addition to paying the application fee of $770.

Request an Application Checklist


Processing Time

The processing time for this visa varies and can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website. No fast-tracked or priority processing is available. 



If you have any questions please email or call our office on 02 4822 6397.


Contact us

Phone02 4822 6397


RDA Southern Inland
PO Box 775
Goulburn NSW 2580