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Sponsor Overseas Worker: Boost Your Regional Business with the 494 Employer Sponsored Visa

An employer may consider a 494 Employer-Sponsored visa for your employees due to the availability of way more occupations than any other employer-sponsored visa.

Are you a small, medium, or large business based in a designated regional area of Australia? Any areas outside Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane are considered regional for a 494 visa. 

An employer may consider a 494 Employer-Sponsored visa for your employees due to the availability of way more occupations than any other employer-sponsored visa.

Some examples of these occupations are:

  • Security Consultant- A security consultant advises clients on security requirements and recommends and designs security specifications.

  • Practice Manager (nec)

  • Accounting Practice Manager

  • Architectural Practice Manager

  • Legal Practice Manager

  • Health Practice Manager

  • Chiropractic Practice Manager

  • Dental Practice Manager

  • Medical Practice Manager

  • Physiotherapy Practice Manager

  • Retail Manager- If you have a fast food business, supermarket, retail store, or Petrol station, you can sponsor Retail managers.

Other examples of sponsored positions are:

  • Hair and Beauty Salon manager

  • Bed and Breakfast operator

  • Equipment Hire Manager

  • Hospitality, retail and service managers

  • Actors, dancers, and other entertainers

  • Ship's engineer

  • Picture Framer

  • Childcare worker( Group Leaders Only)

  • Auctioneer

If you are considering sponsoring your employees holding temporary visas in Australia, the business seeking to employ you must actively and lawfully operate in Australia.

In addition, there must not be any adverse information known that is relevant to the business's suitability as an approved sponsor.

NOTE: Adverse information includes but is not limited to contraventions of Commonwealth, State, or Territory Laws relating to matters such as immigration, industrial relations, or taxation; pending investigations or disciplinary actions; being the subject of administrative action for possible contravention of the law; insolvency; or having provided bogus documents or false/misleading information to the Department of Home Affairs.


Certain businesses may be able to apply for accredited status, which enables them to receive priority processing for subclass 494 nomination and visa applications. Please contact us to check if your business may be eligible for accreditation.

Nominated Position

The position to be filled must be on the relevant occupation list for the 494 visa- We will put the link to the occupation list in the description below. 

  • It must be a genuine, full-time position in a designated regional area of Australia

  • It is likely to exist for the next five years

  • Be in the sponsor's business (or that of an associated entity), and be subject to a signed, written contract of employment that does not expressly exclude the possibility of extending the period of employment 

  • have a salary that is:at least $70.000 per year (excluding any non-monetary benefits) and at least the annual market salary rate (AMSR) for your nominated occupation

NOTE: the AMSR for your nominated occupation (excluding non-monetary benefits) must be at least $70,000 annually. The AMSR is the salary that an Australian earns (or would earn) for performing equivalent work full-time for a year in the same workplace at the exact location.

  • The employment be subject to terms and conditions of employment that are no worse than those that apply (or would apply) to Australians performing equivalent work in the exact location

  • The position has been subjected to 'Labour Market Testing' (LMT), i.e., the sponsor must have attempted to recruit a suitably skilled and qualified Australian to work in the nominated position. 

  • Be certified by a designated Regional Certifying Body

Visa Applicant 

Let's look at the requirements for a Visa Applicant

  • Be under 45 years of age

  • Have skills assessed as suitable for your nominated occupation by the relevant skills assessing authority. If the skills assessment is based on an Australian qualification while holding a student visa, that qualification must have been CRICOS-registered

  • Have at least three years of full-time experience (or the part-time equivalent) in their nominated occupation (or a related field)

  • Genuinely intend to work in the nominated position

  • Meet any mandatory licensing, registration, or professional membership requirements

  • Have competent English 

  • Meet the relevant health and character criteria

If you are an employer considering sponsoring your workers and based in any regional area of Australia, please contact us. We can assess your situation and find suitable options for you and your employees.

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If you need immigration advice specific to your circumstances, please book a consultation with our Registered Migration Agent.

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