Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa
The Temporary Business (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 their temporary skilled workforce needs from the local labour market. This visa can be granted for up to four years, depending upon the requirements of the employer.
The employer must:
- be actively and lawfully operating a business in Australia;
- provide evidence that it has a current training strategy for existing Australian employees or, if it is a new business, a training plan for future training of Australian employees.
- If the employer is based overseas, it is not required to meet the training requirements referred to above; however it must show that it is sending the overseas worker to Australia to establish a business operation or fulfil contractual/business obligations.
The position to be filled must:
- be a genuine position within the business;
- be an occupation listed on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL);
- have a base salary of at least $53,900 per year;
- be subject to terms and conditions of employment (which includes market salary rate for that occupation) 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). If a labour agreement applies, the position also needs to paid in accordance with the terms of the agreement.
The employee/visa applicant must:
- have Vocational English (i.e. a recent IELTS test with a score of at least 5 in EACH band);
- have skills, qualifications and work experience that match those required for the nominated position;
- meet any licensing, registration or professional membership requirements for the nominated position;
- make adequate arrangements for health insurance during their intended stay in Australia.
In some cases the employee/visa applicant may need to have a qualification and/or skills assessment to establish their eligibility for the nominated position. They may also be required to undergo health and character checks.
Overseas workers who hold this visa may apply for further Temporary Business (Long Stay) visas provided they continue to meet the relevant requirements. They may also go on to apply for a permanent employer-sponsored visa through the Temporary Residence Transition stream (see Employer Sponsored - Permanent & Regional Employer Sponsored - Permanent sections for further details).