EMPLOYER SPONSORED VISA
Australia has a variety of visa options available to skilled individuals who have been offered a position by an Australian employer. These visas are designed to facilitate a reduction in staff shortages in Australian businesses affected by industry-wide skill shortages.
There are temporary and permanent visa options available, with differing criteria and conditions.
Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS Visa) (Subclass 482)
The TSS visa is a temporary visa which permits the holder to live in Australia, while working full-time for the sponsoring employer, in the nominated position. Applicants for a TSS visa may include dependent family members in their application.
The TSS visa has a short-term stream and a medium-term stream. Applicants with occupations on the Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) are eligible for visas of up to two years (renewable once, for a further two years), whilst those on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) can apply for up to four years, with eligibility for permanent residency after three years.
Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS Visa) (Subclass 186)
Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visas, or subclass 186 visas, are permanent residency visas for skilled workers. They are available both to applicants who are already living and working in Australia as temporary residents and to those living outside Australia. To be eligible for this visa, a skilled individual must be nominated by an Australian employer.
This visa provides the holder with an Australian permanent residency with no conditions. Dependent family members may be included. The holder can live and work wherever they like in Australia. Although the visa is granted based on the holder being skilled in a specific occupation, once granted, the visa doesn’t require you to seek or maintain employment in this occupation.
Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494)
The subclass 494 visa is a provisional residency visa available to skilled workers. It is available both to skilled workers who are already living and working in Australia as temporary residents and to skilled workers living outside Australia. To be eligible for this visa, a worker must be skilled in an occupation on the Regional Occupation List and be nominated by an employer in a designated regional area.
Once a 494 visa is granted, provided the visa holder maintains the nominated employment within the designated regional area, they can remain in Australia for up to five years, with a permanent residency pathway available after three years. Dependent family members may be included and must also live, work and study in a designated regional area.
Skilled workers with an occupation on the ROL can apply for these visas provided they are subject to an employer nomination. You must be the holder of a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C to make a valid application within Australia.
In order to be eligible for a 494 visa, primary applicants must meet the following criteria:
Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS)
Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) is an agreement with the Australian government that allows certain Australian businesses to sponsor overseas citizens to work in highly skilled occupations. This agreement once approved, is issued for 5 years, and allows the business to nominate the overseas citizen worker for a TSS visa (subclass 482).
The requirements for approval as a Standard Business Sponsor are as follows:
The various types of entities that would generally apply for SBS approval should fall within one of these five groups of ‘persons’. These include:
not-for-profit-organizations and educational institutions.