Employer Sponsored Visas

There are temporary and permanent visa options available to Australian companies that have a genuine need to employ skilled foreign workers.

The most popular and often controversial option to hire and retain foreign workers in Australia is the Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa.

Applying for a 457 visa is a three stage process.

Before being able to hire a foreign worker on a 457, an Australian company has to first get approval from the Department of Immigration to be a ‘Standard Business Sponsor’. When applying for sponsorship approval the Australian company must demonstrate to the Department of Immigration, amongst other requirements, that they are in a sound financial position and that they will meet ‘Training Benchmarks’.

After the Australian company has been approved as a sponsor they are then able to nominate a position to be filled by a foreign worker. In order for the nomination to be approved, the Australian company must be prepared to pay the foreign worker a salary that is above the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold. The terms and conditions of employment must be the same as the terms and conditions provided to an Australian citizen or permanent resident. The Australian company may also have to undertake labour market testing depending on the type of occupation that the nomination is for.

The final stage is to apply for the visa itself. Depending on the applicant’s occupation, salary, and experience it may be necessary to provide a skills assessment and also evidence of English proficiency.

Once granted a 457 visa holder can stay in Australia for up to 4 years (although the grant may be for a period of only 12 months if the business sponsor is a new ‘start up’ business).

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The subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme allows employers to sponsor foreign workers for permanent residence so that they can fill genuine vacancies in their business.

The subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme has three steams:

Similar to the application process under the Temporary Work 457 scheme, the business must nominate a position to be filled by a foreign worker, and then apply for the visa itself.

In order to make a valid nomination under the Employer Nomination Scheme, the occupation must be one that is listed on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List.

Once the nomination is approved, the Department of Immigration then assess the visa application. If an applicant applies for the visa under the Temporary Residence Transition Stream, they only have to prove functional English, applicants under the Direct Entry Stream have to show evidence of competent English.

For more information about nomination and visa application requirements under the Employer Nomination Scheme please do not hesitate to contact West Aussie Migration.

Similar to the 186 Employer Nomination Scheme, the 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme allows employers in regional areas to sponsor foreign workers for permanent residence so that they can fill genuine vacancies in their business (for the definition of regional area refer to Schedule B in this following legislative instrument.

The 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme is divided into three streams

In order to make a valid nomination under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, the nominated occupation must have a skill level of either 1, 2 or 3 according to the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations.

The application process under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme has three stages.

The first stage is applying for nomination approval from the Regional Certifying Body (RCB). The RCB is a state or territory organisation that approves sponsorship nominations in regional areas.

Approval from the RCB must take place before the Department of Immigration can approve the nomination in the second stage.

The third stage is the assessment of the visa application itself.

Identical to the Employer Nomination Scheme, if an applicant applies for the visa under the Temporary Residence Transition Stream, they only have to prove functional English, applicants under the Direct Entry Stream have to show evidence of competent English.

For more information about nomination and visa application requirements under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme please do not hesitate to contact West Aussie Migration.

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