Subclass 494/191

skilled employer sponsored Visa (Regional)

What is A SESR visa?

As of 19 November 2019, Subclass 494/191 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa was used to replace the Subclass 187 RSMS Visa. This visa subclass is currently allocated 10,000 places per year, and is a provisional visa with a validity of 5 years. Once the holder of the Subclass 494 Visa meets the requirement of working for a regional employer for at least 3 years, they can then be eligible to apply for the Subclass 191 which grants its holder permanent residency.

General requirements

3 years post-qualification work experience in nominated occupation

Age limit is 45 years old
(Age exemptions may apply)

sponsor requirements

Must be located in designated regional areas

Must be under list of eligible occupations

Approval by Regional Certifying Body

Australian Market Salary Rate (AMSR)

available streams


This stream enables regional employers to fill labour shortage in designated regional areas by sponsoring skilled foreign workers with relevant experience and qualifications. 

labour agreement

This stream is appropriate if you are being sponsored by an employer through a tailored and negotiated labour agreement or regional migration agreement. 



Approval from regional certifying bodies

In order to nominate an applicant for a Subclass 494/191 SESR Visa, the nominating position needs to first be assessed by a regional certifying body (RCB). An approval is dependent on local labour market conditions and other relevant regional matters.

The requirement and demand for each regional and state varies and your elligibility will first need to be assessed.



    Nomination of position

    The employer then needs to apply for the nomination of the main applicant’s occupation. To attain a successful outcome, the employer needs to satisfy the following:

    • Business must nominate main applicant under a eligible skilled occupation on the relevant occupation list
    • Business to provide evidence of Labour Market Testing (Exemptions may apply) 
    • Business must make a commitment to pay the minimum salary of AUD$53,900 per annum that is consistent with the market salary rate  




    The visa application can be lodged onshore or offshore and main applicant must meet the following conditions and requirements: 

    • Demonstrate that they have the requisite skills, qualifications and experience and employment background to match the nominated position 
    • Pass the relevant skills assessment or hold any relevant licenses or registration (If applicable)
    • Meet English language requirements   
    • Meet health and character requirements


     Salary level, caveats & experience

    salary level

    To ensure that overseas workers are protected and the local labour market is not undercut, businesses seeking to employ an overseas work will need to pay the nominated employee the market salary rate. In any case, it must be above the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT), which is currently $53,900 plus superannuaation as set be the Department of Home Affairs each year.


      caveats & considerations

      Some occupations are subject to caveats and additional considerations that set a minimum renumeration level that is above TSMIT. For instance, occupations such as Marketing Specialists excludes positions that have nominated annual income of less than AUD$65,000. Another example includes occupations such as Corporate Service Manager, which requires the business to have a turnover of at least AUD$1 million.  


      qualification & work experience

      To be eligible for a Subclass 494/191 Visa, applicants are required to have worked in the nominated occupation, or a related field, for at least 3 years (must be post-qualification experience). To illustrate, even from attaining a relevant Bachelor’s degree from an Australian University or overseas recognised qualification, you will still need to acquire 3 years work experience after attaining the qualification in order to be eligible. Likewise, applicant qualification and experience must also meet the minimum skill level requirement for the nominated occupation.


      how to be eligible for PR?

      Subclass 494 is a 5 year provisional visa and that means that there is a permanent residency pathway through the second stage Subclass 191 Visa if you meet the following requirements:

      • Must reside and work for 3 years on the Subclass 494 SESR Visa in regional areas 
      • Applicants may change jobs but will only have 90 days to find new nominator
      • Cannot apply for any other skilled visas or partner visas for 3 years 


      By applying for Subclass 494/191 SESR,
      you will be entitled to the following benefits.

      Second nomination not required

      Visa holders can apply for permanent residency without a second nomination stage as long as they are eligible through the Subclass 191.

      Lower cost for employers

      Only one SAF levy stage for the Subclass 494 494 nomination (Compared to two stages for the current Subclass 482 TSS to Subclass 186 ENS PR pathway)


      Holder of Subclass 494 will be eligible for Medicare.
      (Health insurance not required)

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