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Employer Sponsored Visas

There are 3 steps to follow in applying for the Employer Sponsored Visas.

  • The employer must be an approved business sponsor.
  • The work sponsor must be approved by the Minister. To be able to sponsor the employee the employer must apply for a Standard Business Sponsor by presenting the documents showing that the business is operating.
  • The employer must nominate an occupation that must be selected from the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
  • The applicant can be approved when meeting certain requirements, for instance, work experience, English language proficiency, positive skills assessment, meeting health and character requirements.

Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (ENS)

This visa allows the skilled worker, nominated by the employer, to live, and work in Australia permanently.

There are 3 streams available to apply:

  1. Direct Entry stream
  2. Labour Agreement stream
  3. Temporary Residence Transition stream – the pathway from subclasses 482 or 457 visa, after they have worked for the employer for 2/3 years

In the Direct Entry stream the applicant can:

  • stay indefinitely
  • work and study
  • enroll in the public health scheme Medicare
  • sponsor eligible relatives to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • become an Australian citizen if eligible

The applicant must:

  • have an eligible occupation on the Medium and Long-term Skills Occupation List (MLTSSL).
  • be nominated by an Australian approved employer
  • be employed in a full-time position which is available for a minimum of 2 years
  • at least 3 years of relevant work experience
  • must be licenced, registered or a member of a professional body
  • have a positive skill assessment
  • have a Competent English
  • be under 45 years old, unless exempt
  • meet the health, character, no debts, refused or cancelled visas requirements

In the Labour Agreement stream, the applicant can:

  • work under a labour agreement
  • must be licenced, registered or a member of a professional body
  • be nominated by an Australian employer
  • a holder of substantive 457 or TSS visa issued under a labour agreement
  • have a Functional English
  • be under 45 years old
  • meet the health, character, no debts, refused or cancelled visas requirements

In the Temporary Residence Transition stream, the applicant must:

  • have an eligible occupation on the Medium and Long-term Skills Occupation List (MLTSSL).
  • have the required skills and qualifications to perform the nominated occupation
  • be nominated by an Australian employer who sponsored for a temporary work visa
  • must be licenced, registered or a member of a professional body
  • a holder of subclass 457 or subclass 482 visa for at least 3 of the 4 years prior nomination for 186 visa or a Bridging visa A, B, C
  • have a Competent English
  • be under 45 years old, unless exempt

Subclass 187 – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (RSMS)

This visa allows the skilled worker, nominated by the employer in regional Australia, to live and work in Australia permanently.

The Department does not accept the new applications for the subclass 187 visas under the Direct Entry stream, the only the holders of the subclasses 457 or 482 can apply under the Temporary Residence Transaction stream.

At this moment, the available stream to apply is the Temporary Residence Transition stream where the applicant can:

  • stay indefinitely
  • work and study
  • enroll in the public health scheme Medicare
  • sponsor eligible relatives to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • become an Australian citizen if eligible

The applicant must:

  • have the required skills and qualifications to perform the nominated occupation
  • must be licenced,
  • registered or a member of a professional body
  • be nominated by the employer who sponsored your temporary work visa
  • be under 45 years old unless exempt
  • a holder of subclass 457 or subclass 482 visa or a Bridging visa A, B, C

Subclass 482 – Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa (TSS)

This temporary visa allows an employer to sponsor a qualified worker to fill a position for which they cannot find a suitably qualified Australian.

The applicants may have a minimum standard of English proficiency and no age restrictions.

There are 3 streams available for the applicants:

  1. Short-term stream
  2. Medium-term stream
  3. Labour agreement stream

In the Short-term the applicant can:

  • work for up to 2 or 4 years, or up to 5 years for Hong Kong passport holders
  • study without government assistance
  • travel to and from Australia during the visa validity

The applicant must:

  • be nominated by an approved sponsor in an occupation listed on the Short-Term Occupation List (STSOL)
  • work for the nominated employer
  • be a holder of a substantive visa or Bridging visa A, B, C
  • have relevant skills, qualification
  • at least 2 years of relevant experience
  • have a positive mandatory skill assessment
  • have not violated the legal provisions for payment of visa sponsorship
  • must have a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporary
  • must keep adequate health cover

In the Medium-term stream the applicant can:

  • work for up to 4 years for your sponsor, up to 5 years for Hong Kong visa holders
  • study without government assistance
  • travel to and from Australia during the visa validity
  • apply for permanent residence, if eligible

The applicant must:

  • be nominated by an approved sponsor in an occupation listed on the Medium-Term Occupation List (MLTSSL)
  • be a holder of a substantive visa or Bridging visa A, B, C
  • have complied with the previous visa conditions
  • be nominated by the approved sponsor
  • work for your nominated employer
  • have relevant skills, qualification
  • at least 2 years of relevant experience
  • have a positive mandatory skill assessment

In the Labour agreement stream the applicant can:

  • work for up to 4 years for your sponsor or up to 5 years for Hong Kong passport holders
  • study without government assistance
  • travel to and from Australia during the visa validity

The applicant must:

  • be nominated to work in a specified occupation under the terms of a Labour Agreement
  • have at least 2 years of relevant experience
  • must be nominated

Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa

This visa allows regional employers to sponsor qualified workers from overseas if they cannot find a suitably qualified Australian worker.

The applicants for the Employer Sponsored and Labour agreement streams can:

  • live, work and study in designated regional areas for 5 years
  • travel to and from Australia during the visa validity
  • apply for permanent residency after 3 years of visa grant

In the Employer-sponsored stream, the applicant must:

  • be nominated by an approved sponsor from the designated regional areas
  • have relevant skills, qualifications, and work experience for the nominated position
  • have a positive    mandatory skill assessment
  • have a Competent English
  • be under the age of 45 years old

In the Labour agreement stream the applicant must:

  • be working under a labour agreement between the Government and the nominator
  • have relevant skills, qualifications, and experience in the nominated occupation
  • have a positive mandatory skill assessment
  • have a level of English specified in the labour agreement

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