Employer sponsored visas are a very important part of the Australian migration program as they allow for specific skills gaps in the Australian market to be filled quickly by overseas workers.
Temporary Skills Shortage Visa – Subclass 482
The 482 visa programme commenced on 18 March 2018 and replaced the 457 visa.
The relatively fast and cost effective process makes the 482 TSS visa a highly viable option for Australian companies facing critical skills shortages, to hire and mobilise overseas skilled workers where no comparable Australian worker is available.
The 482 visa process is split into three separate applications; SBS, nomination & visa application. The first two applications are made by the employer, the visa application is made by the overseas worker.
Standard Business Sponsorship – SBS
If you are an employer who is struggling to obtain skilled staff in Australia and have vacant skilled positions within your business that appear on the Medium Long Term Skilled Occupation List (MLTSSL), the Short Term Skilled Occupation list (STSOL), or the Regional Occupations List (ROL) if your business is in a regional area, you may be eligible to become a Standard Business Sponsor.
To become an SBS your business must:
An SBS is valid for 5 years.
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If the company is an approved Standard Business Sponsor, or if the company has lodged an SBS application they may make a nomination application for a skilled vacant position within the company. The nominated position must:
In addition to this the sponsor must attest that the nominated position contains a majority of tasks listed on ANZSCO for the relevant nominated occupation and that the nominee has the appropriate qualifications and skills to meet the needs of the skilled position. The company must also have carried out Labour Market Testing.
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482 visa application
Once a Sponsorship and Nomination have been approved or lodged, a 482 visa application to employ a skilled overseas worker can be made.
A suitable applicant must:
A 482 TSS visa can be granted for up to 4 years for occupations on the MLTSSL or 2 years for occupations on the STSOL. The 482 visa can also provide a pathway to permanent residency through the Temporary Resident Transition stream of the 186 or 187, if your occupation is on the MLTSSL. It is also possible to include family members in your visa application.
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Employer Nomination Scheme – ENS 186 Visa
The ENS allows Australian companies to sponsor overseas skilled workers for a permanent visa in a permanent role, or sponsor an existing employee that is on a qualifying temporary visa such as the Subclass 482 visa.
The process consists of two separate applications, the nomination and the visa application.
The company lodging the nomination must:
Once the nomination has been approved it will need to be used within 6 months from grant or the nomination will expire.
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186 Visa application
Once a nomination application has been lodged, an overseas skilled worker can lodge a permanent 186 visa application. There are three pathways or streams under the 186 ENS program:
An applicant will need to demonstrate their eligibility to meet the criteria of one of the pathways and provide the necessary supporting evidence including:
There are limited waivers to the threshold criteria for English language, age and qualifications where applicants can meet the requirements.
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Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme – RSMS 187
The Regional Skilled Migration Scheme RSMS 187 category allows employers to hire overseas skilled migrants on a permanent basis in a regional area where no Australian is available for the role. Applicants can apply from overseas or can be existing temporary visa holders residing in Australia. There are 3 streams as listed in the ENS 186 category - the Direct Entry, Temporary Residence Transition and Agreement streams.
The RSMS process consists of a two stage application:
To be eligible to nominate a skilled position to be filled by an overseas skilled worker the business must:
The nominated position must:
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187 Visa application
On lodgement of the nomination, the nominee can lodge a 187 visa application for permanent residency through RSMS. Generally an applicant must:
There are limited waivers to the threshold criteria for English language, age and qualifications where applicants can meet the requirements. There is no requirement for a skills assessment under this visa category except for trades occupations, however from 1 July 2018 a skills assessment will be required in the Direct Entry stream.
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