Employer Sponsored Visa

Employer Nomination Scheme, subclass 186

Main criteria (primary applicant):

  • under 45 years of age (unless transitional arrangements apply)
  • has skills assessed as suitable by the relevant skills assessing authority, has at least three years full-time work experience in the nominated occupation and achieved band score of at least 6 points on each of the four components of the IELTS test or other prescribed English test before the visa application is lodged,  OR
  • has worked full-time in Australia in the nominated occupation on a Subclass 457 or 482 visa
    temporary residence visa for the nominating employer for the last two years prior to the visa application being made and achieved band score of at least 5 points on each of the four components of the IELTS test,  OR
  • meets the age, skills and English language requirements stated in the labour agreement (applicants sponsored by an  employer through a tailored and negotiated labour agreement or regional migration agreement)
  • meets any mandatory licensing, registration or professional membership requirements (if applicable)
  • no substantial criminal record
  • good health

    Under some circumstances, visa applicants may seek exemption from skill, language or age eligibility requirements.


Main criteria (employer):

  • actively and lawfully operates a business in Australia has a vacancy to fill
  • follows all relevant Australian laws and has an implemented training strategy for existing and future Australian employees
  • Job offer:
    • full-time, ongoing and available for at least two years
    • with working conditions that are no less favourable than provided for under the relevant Australian legislation and awards in an occupation from the MLTSSL list

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, subclass 187 

This visa was closed for the Direct Entry applications on 16 November 2019. The holders of subclass 457/482 visa prior to that date, may still be eligible to apply under Transitional Entry. Main criteria (primary applicant):

  • has worked full-time in Australia in the nominated occupation on a Subclass 457 or 482 temporary residence visa for the nominating employer for last two years prior to the visa application being made and achieved band score of at least 5 points on each of the four components of the IELTS test,  OR
  • meets the age, skills and English language requirements stated in the labour agreement (applicants sponsored by an employer through a tailored and negotiated labour agreement or regional migration agreement)
  • no substantial criminal record
  • good health


    Under some circumstances, visa applicants may seek exemption from language or age eligibility requirements.

Main criteria (employer):

  • actively and lawfully operates a business in regional Australia, has a vacancy to fill
  • follows all relevant Australian laws and has a satisfactory record of meeting immigration laws
  • job offer:
    • full-time, ongoing and available for at least two years
    • that is or similar to the position sponsored by the Standard Business Sponsor under the subclass 457 visa

 Regional Employer Sponsored Regional visa (RESR), subclass 494

Main criteria (primary applicant):

  • under 45 years of age
  • has skills assessed by the relevant assessing authority
  • minimum three years of relevant employment experience
  • achieved band score of at least 6 on each of the four components of the IELTS test, before the visa application is lodged, 
  • meets the age, skills and English language requirements stated in the labour agreement (applicants sponsored by an employer through a tailored and negotiated labour agreement or regional migration agreement)
  • meets any mandatory licensing, registration or professional membership requirements (if applicable)
  • no substantial criminal record
  • good health

Main criteria (employer):

  • actively and lawfully operates a business in regional Australia, has a vacancy to fill
  • follows all relevant Australian laws and has a satisfactory record of meeting immigration laws
  • job offer:
    • full-time, ongoing and available for at least two years in an occupation that is listed on the relevant occupations list
    • with working conditions that are no less favourable than provided for under the relevant Australian legislation and awards certified by a Regional Certifying Body 

Temporary Skilled Shortages Visa - TSS Visa (subclass 482), it replaces Temporary Business (Long Stay) (Subclass 457)

  • there is no age limit
  • the nominated occupation must be on MLTSSL or STSOL list
  • at least two years of work experience in the nominated occupation
  • the position can be offered for up to four years if the occupation is listed on MLTSSL
  • the position can be offered for up to two years if the occupation is listed on STSOL
  • the employer must meet various sponsorship requirements to be approved as sponsor

 

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