Employer sponsored visas allow businesses in Australia and overseas to sponsor skilled workers who have recognised qualifications and skills in particular occupations required in Australia. Eligible employers may sponsor an overseas worker for a temporary or permanent visa, and should have the occupation listed on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). If the occupation is not listed on the CSOL, eligible employers may consider a Labour Agreement.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection administers all sponsorship applications for employers and visa applications for employees.
The Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa is designed to enable employers to address labour shortages by bringing in genuinely skilled workers where they cannot find an appropriately skilled Australian. This is the most commonly used programme for employers to sponsor overseas workers to work in Australia on a temporary basis. The subclass 457 visa allows businesses to employ overseas workers for up to 4 years in skilled occupations only.
This visa category involves three stages, Sponsorship, Nomination and the Visa application. The visa holders can:
Employer Nomination Scheme or ENS is a permanent residence visa for skilled overseas workers. There are two stages involved in ENS subclass 186 application.; firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream.
This visa allows the employee to work in Australia in one of the three streams:
The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa is designed for employers to address skill shortages in regional and low population growth areas.
Applicant can apply for this visa if