Adding a partner to a 494 visa.
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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
Gather documents and information
Lodge your visa application
Wait for visa processing
Receive a decision
How can Migration Unity help you?
Determine your eligibility to be added to your partner's 494 visa with an assessment from our registered migration agents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Yes, same-sex couples are eligible to be added to a 494 visa. The Australian government recognises and supports same-sex relationships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.