Are you an employer interested in sponsoring an overseas worker, or are you an overseas worker that has a full-time employment opportunity in Australia? There are employer sponsored, 2-year and up to 4-year temporary visas, and employer nominated permanent visa options available that you might consider.
The requirements for each type of visa will depend on the occupation, salary, location, age of the applicant, contract length and visa sponsorship arrangement the employer has with the Department of Home Affairs. In some cases, there are special, additional requirements placed on certain occupations while in others, there may be relaxations (concessions) to the requirements available if the employer is able to use a Labour Agreement (LA) or Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) sponsor arrangement. Please visit our Employer Sponsorship page for more information on the range of sponsor arrangements currently available.
Employer sponsored visas also allow for eligible family members to accompany overseas workers to Australia, and have study/work rights. All visa applicants must meet health and character requirements.
Some further information on each employer sponsored visa is provided below but of course, we would be happy to have a chat with you about your particular circumstances and the best visa option for you.
The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa allows employers to sponsor overseas workers to live and work in Australia on a temporary basis where employers are unable to meet their immediate skilled Australian workforce needs from the local labour market. The visa is valid for a maximum of either two or four years, depending upon the nature of the skilled position.
There are different streams under which employers may nominate overseas workers (Short-term, Medium-term and Labour Agreement streams).
Employers must first gain sponsorship status with the Department of Home Affairs. Then, the employer must nominate the full-time role (unless exemptions apply) and show, for example, that the role’s salary is ‘market rate’ and that recent national labour market testing has been conducted, unless an exemption applies. Employers must also abide by certain legally binding sponsor obligations.
Visa applicants must have the appropriate level of qualifications and a minimum of 2 years’ relevant work experience to perform in the role, meet English proficiency requirements, have any required licences/registrations and adequate health insurance in place for their stay. Visa applicants cannot apply for a subclass 482 visa without an employer sponsorship and nomination.
There may be opportunities to progress from a TSS visa to employer sponsored permanent residence if the role cannot be filled by a suitably qualified local Australian citizen or permanent resident. Alternatively, TSS visa holders may be eligible for other permanent visas in their own right which do not require employer sponsorship. Please contact us to find out more.
The Far North Queensland Designated Area Migration Agreement (FNQ DAMA) allow employers in the regions of Far North Queensland (Cairns, the Cassowary Coast, the Tablelands, Mareeba and the Douglas Shire) to sponsor skilled overseas workers under the Labour Agreement stream. Click here for more information about The Far North Queensland Designated Area Migration Agreement (FNQ DAMA).
Migration Plus can assist employers seeking to access to the FNQ DAMA, NT DAMA and other regional Labour Agreements providing advice, guidance and management of this process from beginning to end. Please contact us to find out more.
The subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa has replaced the subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Stream visa since 16 November 2019. The main features of this visa are:
The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) allows Australian employers to fill skilled positions with suitably qualified migrants on a permanent basis where there are ongoing skills shortages in the local, Australian labour market. This visa is available in both Direct Entry and Temporary Residence Transition streams.
Since 16 November 2019, this visa is only open to 457 or 482 transitional visa holders under the Subclass 187 Temporary Residence Transition stream.
For both ENS and RSMS, applicants generally need to be under 45 years of age, only authorised occupations are eligible, the full-time position must be available for at least 2 years, and salary, competent English and licensing/registration requirements apply.
There are two streams available for the ENS program.
This stream is for current TSS or subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa holders. Applicants must have worked full-time in the nominated position for generally 3 out of the last 4 years.
This stream is only available under the subclass 186 and requires evidence of appropriate qualifications (which is a skills assessment through an authorised assessing body for most ENS applications and certain trade occupations for RSMS applications) and evidence of 3 years of full-time work experience in Australia or overseas the nominated occupation. Employers need to be actively and lawfully operating in Australia but do not need prior sponsor status in order to nominate a position under this stream.
There are some exemptions available for the age, English proficiency, work experience and skills assessment requirements for the ENS permanent visa.
*Please note that the subclass 187 visa category is now closed under the Direct Entry Stream and has been replaced by the Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) and Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visas. There will be transitional arrangements in place for some current subclass 457 visa and 482 visa holders who will still be able to access the RSMS subclass 187 Temporary Transition Stream. Information on the proposed new visa streams will be published soon.
Are you a Pacific Islander or from Timor Leste, over 21 years of age and interested in seasonal, short-term work in Australia? The Seasonal Worker Programme has been set up to assist Australian businesses in agricultural and accommodation industries that experience cycles of skills shortages by allowing them to sponsor neighbouring island citizens during peak seasons. You require an Australian business sponsor and generally you may work up to 9 months in Australia on this visa.
On this visa you can participate in FREE additional skills training providing you with basic First Aid, English and IT training. The training costs are covered by the Australian Government so there is no cost to you or your Australian business sponsor!
You cannot include any family members on this visa but there may be other visa opportunities for them to come visit you while you are in Australia. Please contact us to find out more information on this visa.
We have helped many employers and employees navigate, and understand, the vast sea of sponsor types, occupation lists, labour market and market salary evidence types, visa criteria and obligations, to achieve timely outcomes to meet their business and career requirements.
With particular expertise in regional visa programmes targeting key skills shortages, we would be pleased to guide you through the options available to suit your needs.
Please contact us for a complimentary eligibility assessment so may we help you determine the right visa for you.