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 certigying 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