In Interstaff’s Q&A Video Series, our Registered Migration Agents answer your questions on how the introduction of the new Regional 494 Visa impacts businesses and skilled visa applicants.
With Perth recently becoming classified as a regional city for visa purposes, we’ve had many people enquire how the new 494 Regional Visa can be used by Perth businesses as an alternative to the commonly used employer-sponsored 482 Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa.
About the Regional 494 Visa
If you are an employer in Perth, the Gold Coast or a regional/remote area, you may be particularly interested in the new visa as an alternative employer-sponsored option to engage skilled visa holders.
Compared to the 482 TSS Visa program, the new Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) Visa enables employers to sponsor workers under a broader list of eligible occupations with priority visa processing and a direct pathway to Permanent Residence.
How the new visa compares | Eligible occupations
The first question in our series was:
One way that the Regional 494 Visa benefits businesses and visa holders compared to the 482 TSS Visa is by providing greater flexibility in the available occupations for visa sponsorship.
There are over 400 more occupations available for sponsorship through the new visa, providing a much broader scope for businesses to meet their skills needs.
The new visa also offers a more certain and cost-effective pathway to Permanent Residence for employees after three years of work.
Interested in finding out more? Interstaff’s video explainer discusses how and why the Regional 494 Visa should be considered an alternative to the TSS 482 Visa for work in Perth, the Gold Coast and regional/remote areas of Australia.
We invite you to register here to access our Q&A Video Series. By registering, you’ll also be able to join the conversation and submit your questions for future explainer videos on the new Regional Visas.
If you are an individual wishing to understand your Regional Skilled Visa options, we also encourage you to get in touch for a pre-assessment: