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Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa [subclass 494C]
This visa is for members of the family unit of a Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) holder who are applying separately for their SESR visa and wish to join the primary SESR visa holder in Australia.
- Be a member of the family unit of a primary SESR visa holder
About this visa
Usually, you apply for this visa at the same time as the primary visa applicant. In some instances, this may not be possible. This may occur where the composition of the family changes after:
- The primary visa applicant has already submitted their SESR visa application and it is still pending a decision
- A SESR visa has already been granted to the primary visa holder
When this occurs and you want to join your family member on their visa, you must apply separately by submitting a visa application in your own right. This is known as subsequent entrant.
When you submit your visa application for a subsequent entrant, you are required to attach a written letter from your family memberís work sponsor (employer) extending their sponsorship obligation to include you as a family member in the nomination.
This requirement is intended to ensure the employer is aware of all the family members to whom their sponsorship obligations will extend.
Discuss this matter with the work sponsor in the first instance before lodging your subsequent entrant visa application.
With this visa
- Stay in Australia while the visa is valid
- Live, work and study only in designated regional areas of Australia for up to 5 years
- Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid
You can live, work and study only in a designated regional area. Designated regional areas include all of Australia except for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
How long you can stay
This is a provisional visa. You can stay in Australia for a period of up to 5 years. Your visa will expire at the same time as your family member who is the primary SESR visa holder.
You can't stay in Australia longer by extending this visa. Explore your visa options.
If eligible, you can apply for permanent residence with the primary SESR visa holder after 3 years from the time their visa is granted.
Subsequent entrants who can apply for this visa are those who are members of the family unit of a primary SESR visa holder or a main applicant for a SESR visa.
Family members who apply for this visa must meet the health and character requirements.
This visa costs AUD4,045.
It costs an additional AUD4,890 if the subsequent entrant is 18 years and over and does not have functional English. This extra charge is called a second instalment.
To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the second instalment or other costs.
You will have to pay other costs including English language tests, health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when the Home Affairs make a decision on your application, but not in immigration clearance.
If you are applying in Australia, you must hold either of the following visa otherwise your application will not be valid:
- A substantive visa, or
- A Bridging visa A, Bridging visa B or Bridging visa C
The Home Affairs assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:
- Whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
- How quickly you respond to any requests for additional information
- How long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
- How long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
The Home Affairs might ask for more information. The Home Affairs are not obligated to request further information or documents and can make a decision on the information provided. It is your responsibility to ensure all relevant supporting/evidentiary documentation is attached to your application.
You must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.
You must live, work and study only in designated regional areas of Australia. If you do not, the Home Affairs might cancel your visa.
You can travel out of Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.
The time you spend outside Australia does not extend the visa.
The Home Affairs will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.
Be this age
You must be under 45 years of age when you apply for the visa.
Have a family member who is a primary SESR visa holder
You must have a family member who is a primary SESR visa holder, or main applicant for a SESR visa, to be able to lodge a subsequent entrant visa application.
Be nominated by the primary SESR visa holder's work sponsor
The work sponsor (employer) with the most recent approved nomination in relation to the primary SESR visa holder, or main applicant for a SESR visa, must agree (or have agreed) in writing to include you as a family member in the nomination.
Have this level of English language
You must show that you have Functional English. If you canít show that you have Functional English, you will need to pay the second instalment.
Meet health requirement
You must meet the health requirement.
Meet character requirement
If you are aged 16 years and over you must meet the character requirement.
Important: if the primary SESR visa holder, or main applicant for a SESR visa, is sponsored by an accredited sponsor, you are not required to obtain police certificates from countries other than Australia provided you attach a reference from the accredited sponsor confirming that you are of good character and that you have not been convicted of any criminal offences. You must still, however, provide any required Australian police clearances where applicable or when requested to do so.
Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.
Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
If you owe the Australian government money, you must have paid it back or arranged to pay it back.
Sign the Australian values statement
If you are 16 years of age or older, you must:
- Have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia booklet and
- Sign an Australian Values Statement that confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws