The SESR visa is a temporary visa that provides a pathway to permanent residence via the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled – Regional) visa. The visa is designed to respond to labour market shortages in regional Australia. It enables employers to recruit skilled overseas workers who are willing to live and work in regional Australia on an ongoing basis. The visa can only be used if the employer is genuinely unable to source appropriately skilled Australian workers. This enables a visa holder who satisfies the primary criteria to enter and stay in Australia for a period of five years from the date of grant.
SESR 494 visa holders can work in Australia in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor under one of the following two streams:
Employer Sponsored (ES) stream. This stream allows employers in regional Australia to recruit skilled overseas workers to work in specified skilled occupations for five where a suitably skilled Australian worker cannot be sourced. Visa holders may be eligible to apply for permanent residence after three years; and
Labour Agreement stream. This stream may be utilised in exceptional cases where standard visa programs are not available and there is a demonstrated need that cannot be met in the Australian labour market.
KEY CRITERIA – SPONSORING EMPLOYERS
KEY CRITERIA – VISA APPLICANTS
As an overseas worker, you are eligible to apply for this visa if you:
In summary, SESR visa holders who satisfied the primary criteria:
KEY CONDITIONS OF THE 494-EMPLOYER REGIONAL SPONSORSHIP VISA
Applicants who have been granted the SC494 visas will become eligible to apply for PR after 3 years and transition into the SC191 visa
The permanent visa pathway will be through: