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.

Types of Employer-Sponsored Visa

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.



The role that the employer wants to fill must appear as an occupation on the Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations. In determining whether the proposed nominated occupation is an accurate reflection of the duties of the position, the Department of Home Affairs (formerly DIBP) uses the Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).  Both the position description and the TSS visa applicant’s employment and education history must reflect the description provided by ANZSCO.

Applicant Skills

The applicant must have the skills required to fulfill the role. Whilst the skills required vary in accordance with the occupation in question, all TSS visa applicants are required to have a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience. When examining a TSS visa applicant’s skills and qualifications against the nominated position, Home Affairs case officers cross-reference the position description supplied in the employer’s nomination application with the visa applicant’s qualifications and work references.

If applicants are not from an exempt country (UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Ireland), they will also need to meet English language requirements at the time of application.

Other Information

Health and character criteria will also need to be met. Police clearance certificates are required for every country in which the applicant has lived for 12 months or more since turning 16 years of age, within the last ten years.

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS Visa) (Subclass 186)

Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494)

Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS)


The various types of entities that would generally apply for SBS approval should fall within one of these five groups of ‘persons’. These include:

  • sole traders

  • Tpartnerships

  • proprietary companies

  • public companies

  • government departments

  • statutory authorities

  • not-for-profit-organizations and educational institutions.