How to Apply for Australian Employer Sponsored Visas

The Australian Migration program includes a number of employer-sponsored visa options designed to enable Australian employers to have access to overseas skilled work resources for certain occupations if these cannot be sourced locally OR to enable to train overseas candidates, if necessary.

These visas are complex and have strict criteria in place.

482 Visa – The Temporary Skill Shortage (Temporary Visa)

The Temporary Skill Shortage visa 482 was introduced in March 2018 to replace the previous Temporary Skilled visa 457.

TSS visa holders can work in Australia in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor under one of three streams:

  • Short-term (ST) stream
  • Medium-term (MT) stream
  • Labour Agreement (LA) stream
  • Short-term (ST): This visa is available to you if your employer wishes to sponsor you as a skilled worker and your occupation is listed on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation list (STSOL).
  • Medium-term (MT): This visa is available to you if your employer wishes to sponsor you for periods of up to four years for an occupation listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Regional Occupation List (ROL)
  • Labour Agreement (LA) stream: This visa is available to you if your employer is sponsoring you and has entered in to a labour agreement with the Australian Department of Home Affairs

407 Visa – Training Visa (Temporary Visa)

This visa is designed to allow the holder to take part in workplace-based occupational training activities to improve skills, area of tertiary study, field of expertise or in a professional development training program in Australia.

Nomination criteria is different depending on the purpose or type of training.

There are 3 types of occupational training covered by this visa:

  • Occupational training to enhance skills in an eligible occupation
  • Occupational training required for registration
  • Nomination is the stage where the sponsor provides details about the nominee (intended trainee), the purpose or type of training and how and where the training will be provided.
  • Occupational training for capacity building overseas. This includes overseas qualification, government support or professional.

186 Visa – Employer Nomination Scheme (Permanent Visa)

The purpose of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) is to allow Australian employers to fill highly skilled positions with suitably qualified migrants. The scheme is designed to assist employers who are unable to meet their skilled Australian workforce needs from the local labour market.

The Visa Applicant

This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers. It allows you to work in Australia under one of three streams:

  • the Temporary Residence Transition stream
  • the Direct Entry stream
  • the Agreement stream.

The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for subclass 457/482 TSS visa holders who have worked for two or three years (depending on particular circumstances), while holding a subclass 457/482 TSS visas, in the same originally nominated occupation and with the same nominating employer.  The nominating employer must be willing to support the nomination for the Permanent Residency.

The Direct Entry stream is for people who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream people who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia, or temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream. Note: applicants applying for a Direct Entry stream must have a positive skills assessment from the nominated assessing authority for their occupation.

The Agreement stream is for people sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.

Our employer-sponsored consultants are able to assess your eligibility and provide you with the highest service and leadership with the application.