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This visa replaced the 187 visa starting November 16,2109. It is allocated 10,000 places per year.

  • It requires employer sponsorship from a regional employer (Employment must be full time and likely available to 5 years)

  • It has a 45 year age limit (exemptions apply)

  • Must meet competent English requirements

  • Must be verified by the regional certifying bodies

  • Must be earning at least $53,900 per year

Pathway to permanent Residency :
  • Must live and work for 3 years on the 494 visa in regional areas to get Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) 191 Visa

  • Can move between jobs but will have 90 days to find a new nominator

  • Cannot apply for any other skilled PR or 820 partner visa for 3 years

  • Eligible for Medicare on 494 visa – Health insurance not required

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