Employer Sponsored visas allow Australian business owners to fill positions requiring skilled workers and these visas fall under the Skill Select scheme. This scheme allows for the selection of certain categories of skilled people, who are needed within the Australian economy.

The more qualified people with the most in-demand skills usually get priority, so generally, the more qualified you are, the more likely you are to get permanent residency. Conversely, the lower the demand and lesser the skill-set, the less likely you will be able to get permanent residency. However, Australia does take into account that there is a need for certain lesser qualified/skill sets in regional areas. This means, roughly speaking that the further away from a major city you are, the lesser the skills you need. Also, if a specific employer has need for your skills, they may be able to sponsor you to work with them for up to four years, or even nominate you for permanent residency.

All sponsoring employers must be Approved Business Sponsors. Once the business sponsorship is approved the process is somewhat quicker than most other visa type application processes as employer sponsored visas have high priority, within DIBP.

There are currently four/five options available to Australian employers who want to employ foreign workers:

Temporary visa options:

Option 1: The SC457 Temporary Work visa

Option 2: The SC402 Training and Research visa

Permanent visa options:

Option 3: The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) SC186 visa

Option 4: The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) SC187 visa

Other Option

Option 5: Labour agreement.

Employees must be nominated by their employers to fill a genuine position within that employer’s business. For a non-Australian worker to be granted a visa the type of job being offered must be within the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL – which outlines current occupations which are in demand. Only after both the employer and future employee have met all the necessary requirements, can the employer begin with the Australian visa application process for employer-sponsored visas.

We understand the various visa options available to Australian employers wanting to add foreign workers to their workforce and we will tailor a migration solution tailored to your unique workplace circumstances.