494 Occupations

494 Occupations

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494 Occupations

The 494 visas will be substituting the current 187 (RSMS) visa and commencing November 16, 2019, the 494 visa has 10,000 places allocated per year. It requires employer sponsorship, and the position must be likely to exist for 5 years.

It has a 45-year age limit, competent English, RCB advice and must meet the AMSR. Visa applicants must have a suitable skills assessment and at least 3 years’ skilled employment.

Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored (Regional)

The 491 has a pathway to permanent residency through the 191 visas: applicant must have at least three years’ full-time relevant work experience in the nominated occupation or a related field, at the same level of skill.

Regional areas are defined as any area excluding Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.


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