Employer Sponsored Visa
This visa allows highly skilled workers nominated by their employer to live and work permanently in Australia. Through employer sponsorship programs, Australian companies are able to sponsor skilled workers overseas to fill a gap Australians cannot fill locally. There are a number of temporary and permanent visas that allow you to work and live in Australia.
Temporary Skill Shortage Visas (Subclass 482)
The employer-sponsored Visa 482 enables skilled workers to reside and work in Australia for an approved company, with a validity period of up to four years. This temporary visa also allows applicants to include their family members. After three years of holding the temporary skills shortage (subclass 482) visa in Australia, workers and their families become eligible to apply for permanent residence.
Permanent Employer Sponsored Visas
Permanent Visas Subclass 186 (ENS) and Subclass 187 (RSMS) offer overseas workers the opportunity to permanently live and work in Australia. Both subclasses 186 and 187 visas have three streams to cater to different categories of applicants.
Direct Entry Stream (Subclass 186):
The Direct Entry Stream of Subclass 186 visa is designed for candidates who possess formal qualifications or ample experience in a suitable occupation. This visa provides an opportunity for highly skilled workers nominated by an Australian employer to permanently reside and work in Australia. To be eligible for this visa, applicants must meet certain requirements, including having proficient English language skills, being nominated by an Australian employer, and having an occupation listed on the relevant high-skilled occupations list.
Labour Agreement STREAM VISA (Subclass)
The LABOUR AGREEMENT STREAM VISA (Subclass) is available for 457 or TSS 482 visa holders who have been employed by their sponsoring employer for a minimum of two or three years. This visa enables highly skilled workers nominated by an Australian employer to permanently live and work in Australia. It specifically caters to individuals working or intending to work for employers who are part of a labour agreement. To be eligible, the employer must have a labour agreement in place to sponsor foreign employees for this visa category.
TEMPORARY RESIDENCE TRANSITION STREAM VISA (Subclass 186)
The TEMPORARY RESIDENCE TRANSITION STREAM VISA (Subclass 186) is designed for employer-sponsored applicants under an employment contract. This visa allows highly skilled workers nominated by an Australian employer to attain permanent residency in Australia. To be eligible for this visa, the applicant must currently hold a 457, TSS, A, B, or C visa and have worked full-time for the designated employer for at least three years.