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Are you feeling overwhelmed and anxious about your visa application here in Australia?

We understand the weight of uncertainty and the fear of the unknown that can accompany such a significant decision. Rest assured, at Migration Unity, we are here to alleviate your concerns and guide you towards a successful visa application.

With our expert knowledge of the complex immigration procedures and legal requirements, we will ensure that you have a clear understanding of the process from start to finish.

Leave the confusion behind as our dedicated team of professionals simplifies the information, providing you with step-by-step guidance tailored to your specific situation.

Trust Migration Unity to handle your visa application with precision and care, giving you the peace of mind you deserve. 

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What is a 494 (Subsequent Entrant) visa?

If you have a partner that holds a subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) visa you may be able to be added to their visa.

What is the process of adding a partner to a 494 visa?

Video consultation and pre-assessment
Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the skilled visa subclass you wish to apply for.
Gather documents and information
Start gathering all of the required documents and supporting evidence to strengthen your application prior to lodgment.
Lodge your visa application
Lodge your visa application with the Department of Home Affairs, and provide all required supporting documents and evidence to support your claims and meet the legal requirements.
Wait for visa processing
Wait for your visa application to be processed, and provide any additional information or documentation as requested.
Receive a decision
Receive a decision on your visa application, and let the celebrations begin!

How can Migration Unity help you?

Eligibility Assessment:

Determine your eligibility to be added to your partner's 494 visa with an assessment from our registered migration agents.

Expert advice:

Receive professional advice on your migration options in accordance with the Migration Act and Regulations.

Strengthen your case:

Get recommendations, guidance, and support to strengthen your application and increase your chances of success.


Provide you and your partner with our statutory declaration templates to assist you in explaining your relationship timeline and facts.

Ongoing assistance:

Receive support and guidance throughout the entire process to ensure your evidence meets the legal requirements.

Accessibility and Simplicity:

Access our secure online portal to manage your application from anywhere in the world.

Case Management:

Receive ongoing case management from a team of experienced professionals to ensure your application progresses smoothly, we liaise with the Department on your behalf.

Review and checking:

Receive a full review and final check of all supporting evidence prior to lodgement to ensure everything meets the legal requirements.

Applications and Forms:

Your registered migration agent will complete all applications and forms on behalf of you and your partner.

Clarifying your matter to the Case Officer:

Receive legally written submissions by our expert professionals in Australian immigration law to support your application when if required.

Stay Compliant:

Receive an in-depth explanation of things to look out for such as enter by dates, must not arrive after dates and travel return facilities upon visa grant.

Bridging visas:

Ensure you remain lawfully onshore whilst awaiting a decision on your application.

Post grant support:

Receive ongoing support, including record-keeping and reminders, to ensure compliance with the relevant criteria.

Next steps: Planning your Australian permanent residency and citizenship, our team can help you and your loved ones to secure a long term and stable future.

…put simply we look after the entire process for you!

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We assist clients with being added to their partner’s 494 visa from all over the world, click the button below to get started.

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Here's what our clients have to say about us…

Based on 143 reviews
Leandro Pires Garcia
Leandro Pires Garcia
14. September, 2023.
Bonnie Thurecht was very kind and knowledgeable during my consultation. She has updated me on current Australian requirements. I strongly recommend her services.
Rebecca Louise
Rebecca Louise
14. September, 2023.
Thank you to Taina and her team for helping us with our sponsorship visa and PR (186DE) Taina is very knowledgeable, honest and reliable. We recommended her 100%! Thanks migration Unity!
Siraprapha Manakul
Siraprapha Manakul
13. September, 2023.
I can say only the word Wow , I am so appreciate for the work you do for us . Trustworthy , Thank you very much for your great job!
Lisa Chen
Lisa Chen
11. September, 2023.
Thank you very much Taina for all of your guidance and expertise through migration process.I highly recommend her 👍🏻
John D Paks
John D Paks
11. September, 2023.
I was impressed with Mr Matthew who provided me with accurate information on finding the right visa for me. Very helpful and professional to talk to and I would recommend him to anyone who looking to discuss amongst different visas. Thanks Mathew
Sarah Jacobsen
Sarah Jacobsen
5. September, 2023.
Spoke with Matthew today who was really able to help with the ins and outs of my application since immigration had no idea. Looking forward to seeing how it all goes. Gives me confidence knowing someone who’s been dealing with partner visas since 2007 is able to give some sound advise.
Kabo von Rudloff
Kabo von Rudloff
25. August, 2023.
Bonnie Thurecht provided excellent support. They gave me all of the information I needed for my visa application. They were kind and patient with me, and their communication was very clear. Thank you so much for all of your assistance.
Ed Chaplin
Ed Chaplin
24. August, 2023.
We couldn't be more happy with the experience we have had working with Migration Unity and in particular, Taina Silva, who we couldn't recommend more highly. Right from the outset when applying for our Partner Visa, she was incredibly professional and helpful with everything and then throughout the whole process of applying for our partner visa, she was fast at responding, very well organised with informing us of what we needed to do and compiling evidence for us. Her communication skills with us were second to none which made the process much smoother than it otherwise would have been. She was always on hand to answer any questions we had and was extremely knowledgeable about everything. All of this combined meant Taina made an otherwise extremely complicated and stressful process so much easier. We cannot speak more highly of her and the service provided and will most certainly not think twice about doing our 801 Permanent Partner Visa application with the assistance of Taina. Superb in every way - thank you.
Andres Pinilla Palacios
Andres Pinilla Palacios
24. August, 2023.
Great advise!

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One of the most important parts of this journey is to find the correct visa, confirm your eligibility and plan correctly.


As every case is different and there are various visa subclasses it is important that you find a Registered Agent that specializes in your visa subclass.
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Preparation & Lodgement

From here, your Registered Migration Agent will look after the entire process on your behalf.

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Our Registered Migration Agents are qualified and experienced in Australian migration law and practice.


More than one person will be working on your matter: more checking, more experience and less room for errors.

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Planning correctly from the beginning can save you time, money and stress whilst reducing the risk of a refusal.

Maintaining Records

We maintain your records for a minimum of seven years in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

Decision-ready Application

We know what is required by law to prepare your application correctly. Minimise further requests, which slows down the processing of your application.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a subsequent 494 visa?

The subsequent 494 visa allows a partner (and/or dependents) to be added to an already approved 494 visa. This allows the primary visa holder to bring their spouse, de facto partner and/or dependents to Australia, or remain in Australia if they are already here on a different visa.

Can same-sex couples be added to a 494 visa?

Yes, same-sex couples are eligible to be added to a 494 visa. The Australian government recognises and supports same-sex relationships.

Can I include my dependent children in the visa application?

Yes, you can include your dependent children in your application. However, each child must meet certain requirements and there may be additional documentation needed for their inclusion.

What are the requirements to add a partner to a 494 visa?

To add a partner to a 494 visa, you need to provide evidence of your genuine relationship, such as marriage or de facto relationship documents. You will also need to meet health and character requirements.

Can I work in Australia on a subsequent 494 visa?

Yes, once you are added to the 494 visa, you will have work rights in Australia.

However, as this is a regional visa condition 8579 states that you must live, study and work in a designated regional area.

While you are in Australia, you must live, study and work in an area that is on the list of designated regional areas in an instrument.

If you hold a subclass 494 visa and you are a primary visa holder, the area must have been on the list of designated regional areas when your most recently approved nomination was lodged by your employer.

If you hold a subclass 494 visa and you are a secondary visa holder, the area must have been on the list of designated regional areas when the primary visa holder’s most recently approved nomination was lodged by their employer.

Can I apply for permanent residency based on the subsequent 494 visa?

Depending on your specific circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through various visa pathways, such as employer-sponsored permanent visas or skilled migration visas.

However, the most common pathway for 494 visa holder is the subclass 191.

It is advisable to consult with a registered migration agent to explore the available options.

Can I get a bridging visa when being added to a 494 visa?

Yes, you may be granted a Bridging visa when being added to a 494 visa if you are onshore.

The Bridging visa will come into effect once your previous visa expires and will allow you to remain lawfully in Australia until a decision is made on your subsequent 494 visa application. 

If you are located offshore you will not be eligible for a bridging visa.

What if my information was not declared in the original 494 visa application?

If your spouse or partner did not declare your relationship in their 494 visa application then adding you to their visa may not be straightforward.

If this is the case, it is highly recommended that you schedule a consultation so we can assess your situation prior to commencement.

In addition to the above, condition 8515 states the holder must not marry or enter into a de facto relationship before entering Australia.

The Department may cancel the visa if they find out the applicant was engaged, married or in a de facto relationship before they granted the visa but did declare.

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