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Employer Sponsored Visa

Employers and how we can assist

Australian-based employers (and in some cases, overseas organisations) may be able to sponsor and employ people to work and live in Australia.

These sponsorship pathways ultimately provide solutions for employers who have recruitment needs. Benefits to employers include:

  • Satisfying recruitment needs and shortages
  • Transferring specialised knowledge and skills to local employees
  • Maximising existing areas of expertise

Visa Lawyers Australia provides an end-to-end service for both the employer and the applicant. We meet with the employer to understand their needs and develop the best available visa application strategy. From this point we take over management of the process, freeing the employer from the time-consuming liaison and document collection process necessary for a thorough visa application. We liaise directly with the potential candidate (the applicant) and the Department of Home Affairs on behalf of the employer, aiming to secure the necessary visa in as short a time frame as is possible.

We manage the entire application and lodgement process and provide employers and/or applicants with:

  • Written advice on requirements and stages
  • Assistance with drafting reference letters
  • Advice on required supporting documents
  • Advice and assistance with Labour Agreements

We take on responsibility for:

  • Preparing detailed applications to the Department of Home Affairs and other bodies
  • Making detailed written legal submissions to the Department of Home Affairs
  • Ongoing liaison with the Department of Home Affairs and other assessing bodies during all stages of processing

The companies we have assisted include a wide range of public and private employers, as well as overseas organisations and agencies. Some examples are:

  • Investment and commercial banks
  • Start-up companies and firms
  • Private equity firms
  • Management consulting firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Engineering, Architectural and Construction firms
  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Other educational institutions
  • Law firms – requiring immigration and citizenship assistance for their clients

Contact Visa Lawyers Australia for assistance.

The Employer Sponsored Visas Options

Permanent Resident Visas Temporary Resident Visas
Visa Type Subclass Visa Type Subclass
Employer Nomination Scheme
  • 186
  • 482
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme
  • 1871
Training, Research, or Highly Specialised Work
  • 407, 408, or 400 respectively
Labour Agreement
  • 186
Labour Agreement
  • 482
Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa
  • 191
Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)
  • 494

1This scheme will only be available until 16 November 2019. After this date, the subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa will be available.

More details on the requirements and process of each Employer Sponsored Visa Scheme

In brief, the Employer Sponsored Visa categories are:

The Employer Nomination Scheme – This visa (subclass 186) is for Australian employers who want to nominate highly skilled workers for a permanent visa to work in Australia. The employees can be either:

  • Highly skilled workers from overseas
  • Highly skilled temporary residents currently in Australia

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) – This visa (subclasses 187/191) is for employers in regional Australia, to fill skilled positions they are unable to fill from the local labour market. Under the RSMS, employers are able to nominate staff from overseas or temporary residents currently in Australia to fill full-time, permanent vacancies.

Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visas - This TSS visa (subclasses 482 and 494) is the most commonly used program for employers to sponsor overseas workers to work in Australia on a temporary basis to fill nominated skilled positions. It is possible for overseas workers to be employed for a period of up to 4 years on the visa. 

Employers can be either:

  • Australian businesses
  • Overseas businesses

Labour Agreement Schemes – Labour Agreements are formal arrangements to recruit a number of overseas skilled workers. Both temporary (subclass 482) and permanent visas (subclasses 186) can be granted under the agreement. An employer may consider this option for occupations not on the lists of approved occupations for the TSS / subclass 482 visa or permanent visas under ENS, as well as lower level skilled occupations under RSMS.  This scheme may also be appropriate where a business recruits labour for supply to an unrelated business and/or the hiring of labour to unrelated businesses.

Training and Research Visa – This visa (subclasses 407 and 408) allows foreign nationals to complete structured and supervised workplace-based training and professional development programs, or observe or undertake academic research in Australia on a temporary basis.