Employer Sponsored Visas
There are a number of visa options available for lawfully operating Australian employers to recruit skilled workers to fill positions that cannot be filled from the Australian labour market.
The skilled workers may apply for either a temporary or permanent visa if an eligible employer is happy to employ and sponsor them.
The temporary visas under this category are as follows. Generally the temporary visa offers a pathway to a permanent visa.
Business Long Stay
This visa (subclass 457) is designed for those Australian or overseas businesses to sponsor overseas workers to work for their company on a temporary basis.
You need a sponsor for this visa.
With this visa, skilled workers may work legally in Australia for between three months and four years, provided that they find a suitable employer to sponsor and employ them.
This visa is designed for the representatives of overseas suppliers of services who are negotiating, or entering into agreements to supply their services (not products) in Australia under the General Agreement on Trade and Services (GATS).
With the Service Sellers visa, sales representatives may negotiate the sale of services for between three months and six months.
No sponsorship is required for this visa,but the overseas company that you are representing must pay your salary and provide financial support during your stay in Australia. Service sellers must not be employed by a company based in Australia.
If you hold this visa, you may bring any eligible secondary applicants with you to Australia and they may work and study during the time that you stay in Australia.
Service Seller visas cannot be extended beyond twelve months. If more time is needed in Australia, an entirely new application for subclass 457 must be lodged.
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme(RSMS)
This scheme is to enable lawfully operating Australian employers to recruit, on permanent visas, highly skilled workers who are either from overseas or temporary residents already in Australia.
To meet the criteria of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, an approved job must be:
- Available for a minimum of two years;
- Located in regional area;
- Unable to be filled from the local labour market.
An employee must meet the criteria of the age, skill and language, and have an employer who is willing to sponsor him for this visa. If you hold this visa, your family may live,work and study in Australia permanently, and be eligible for Australian citizenship.
This visa is designed for applicants either from overseas or already in Australia.The applicants need to be nominated by an employer to work in an occupation where there is a shortage of workers. An agreement must exist between government and employer to recruit non- Australian workers.
You need a sponsor for this visa.
The visa is available on either a temporary or permanent basis.Applicants for a Labour Agreement visa must be less than forty five years old, and may not enter into an employment agreement of any kind outside the nominated position on their Labour Agreement visa.
Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)
This scheme is to able lawfully operating Australian employers to recruit, on permanent visas,highly skilled workers who are either from overseas or temporary residents already in Australia. Under Employer Nomination Scheme, there is an offshore visa, and an onshore visa.
To meet the criteria of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), an eligible job must;
- Be full-time;
- Be available for a minimum of three years;
- Be a highly skilled occupation found on the Employer Nomination Scheme Occupation List, and meet the minimum salary level for ENS.
You need a sponsor for this visa. If you hold this visa, your family may live, work and study in Australia permanently, and be eligible for Australian citizenship.