Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa
The Temporary Work (Long Stay) visa allows employers to sponsor overseas workers to live and work in Australia on a temporary basis. The visa is designed to assist employers who are unable to meet their temporary skilled workforce needs from the local labour market. This visa is valid for a maximum of either two or four years, depending upon the nature of the skilled position.
The business seeking to employ you must:
- be actively and lawfully operating in Australia, and meet the required benchmarks for training its Australian employees (or, if it is less than 12 months old, have a plan to meet those benchmarks)
- be actively and lawfully operating overseas (not in Australia), and be bringing you to Australia either to establish a business operation, or to fulfil contractual obligations.
To meet the required training benchmarks, during the 12 months before lodging the application (or alternatively, during the most recent financial year) the business must have spent the equivalent of at least 1% of its payroll on training its Australian employees OR contributed the equivalent of at least 2% of its payroll to an industry training fund.
The position to be filled must:
- be a genuine position within the business
- be included:
- as an eligible occupation on the current Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), which allows for a four-year term of employment OR
- on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), which allows for a two-year term of employment. Please note that certain occupations on these lists will be subject to additional requirements (e.g. work experience, regional location, type of business operated by sponsor). Please contact us for further details based on your particular circumstances.
- have a base salary of more than AUD 53,900 per year
- be subject to terms and conditions of employment (which includes the wage/salary) that are no worse than those provided to Australians working in the same occupation for the business (or in the same local area, if there are no equivalent positions with the business).
As the visa applicant, you must (unless a specific exemption applies in any case):
- have the required level of English proficiency
- have skills (qualifications and/or work experience) that match those required for the nominated position. Depending upon your circumstances, you may also be required to undertake a qualification and/or skills assessment to determine your eligibility
- meet any mandatory licensing, registration or professional membership requirements
- have make adequate arrangements for health insurance during your stay in Australia.