Overview of Subclasses 491 & 494 - No. 2
Updated: Feb 4
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (SWR) visa - Subclass 491
Replaces the subclass 489 First Provisional stream.
Two (2) invitation pathways: State / Territory nominated; and Family sponsored.
More rigorous regional compliance framework (conditions 8578, 8579, 8580 & 8581 imposed on all visa holders).
Points test amended (6D), but still required to lodge an Expression of Interest for invitation to apply - 65 points minimum.
Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) (SESR) visa - Subclass 494
Replaces the Subclass 187 Direct Entry stream.
Will be incorporated into the Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) framework - An existing SBS will be able to lodge SESR nominations.
Two (2) streams: Employer Sponsored; and Labour Agreement.
The genuine temporary entrant requirement does not apply, but the position must be proven to be genuine.
Regional compliance conditions + 8608 (similar to 8607).
Labour Market Testing must be undertaken, irrespective of the International Trade Obligations exemptions.
Have at least three (3) years of full-time relevant work experience in the nominated occupation or a related field, at the same level of skill.
Meet health and character requirements (one fail – all fail)
Regional Certifying Body certification must be provided regarding the Australian Market Salary Rate.
Irrespective of the visa application fee, SAF contribution must be paid - $3,000 for a small business and $5,000 for a larger business, depending on their turnover. The pro-rata SAF levy applies in relation to their visa grant date if nomination is for a 494 holder to change their employer.
Eligible for Medicare – health insurance not required.
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