Employer Sponsored Migration
The Employer Sponsored Migration program allow employers to sponsor overseas skilled workers to undertake employment in Australia as a temporary or permanent resident.
Temporary Residency Visas
A business that wants to sponsor an employee as a temporary resident, until March 2018 would most likely have utilised a Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visa.
As of 18th March, 2018 employers need to nominate employees for a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482). Read more here
To use this visa for an employee the business needs to be approved as a Sponsor. To do this it will need to evidence that they are either lawfully operating in Australia OR if they are an overseas based business that they have plans to start up a business in Australia or are required to send staff to Australia to fulfill contractual requirements. For approval as a sponsor the business will also need to meet and adhere to specific sponsorship obligations, as well as to ensure compliance with them.
To nominate an employee the Sponsor is required to meet stringent Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirements. The applicant needs to be in a skilled occupation, have a minimum of 2 years experience, meet english language requirements and provide police clearances.
(Update: December, 2021 – Under the recently negotiated Free Trade Agreement between Australia & the UK, LMT will be removed from employer sponsored requirements in the near future).
Permanent Residency Visas
Australian businesses are able to sponsor skilled overseas workers as permanent residents under the Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Subclass 186). This visa is for employers that want to offer an employee a permanent position in the business in Australia. The process requires an approved Australian business making an Nomination for a skilled worker and the individual and their family to make a Visa Application. The majority of the visa applications made under the Subclass 186 scheme will be through either the:
- Direct Entry Scheme – particularly for applicants outside Australia who can prove their skills for the position and the offer of employment or
- Temporary Residence Scheme – for applicants who have held a appropriate visa (Subclass 457 & Subclass 482) in Australia for a specified number of years years and will continue to work in the position permanently
If the position is based in a regional area the applicant may be able to apply under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) visa.
Businesses that intend to utilise any of the Employer Sponsored visas for the first time will need to consider a wide range of business issues and will need to obtain appropriate professional advice outside of the immigration services we can provide. We will be happy to make introductions for you once we understand your intentions.
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