Employer Sponsored Visa

Types of Employer Sponsored Visa: 

  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa- Subclass 482 Visa 
  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa- Subclass 494 Visa 
  • Employer Nomination Visa- Subclass 186 Visa 

 

  1. Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa- Subclass 482 Visa 

This visa enables you to work full-time for an approved Australian employer, in a nominated position which you are suitably qualified and experienced for. This visa allows you to live and work in Australia on a temporary visa, for 1, 2, 3 or 4 years. 

To receive an approval for this visa, you must have: 

  • At least two years of full time and relevant work experience in the past five years 
  • Have the qualifications and/or work experience to meet the skill level requirement of your occupation 
  • Need to demonstrate your English ability, unless exempt 
  • Obtain licensing or registration (if compulsory in your occupation) 

 

Subclass 482 Visa Application Process:  

 

  • Check your visa criteria à has an approved sponsor à be nominated in the occupation à apply for the Subclass 482 Visa 

Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) 

 

  • You can be nominated for one or two years 
  • You can apply for a further one or two-year visa whilst onshore 
  • You may be able to lodge third 482 Visa offshore 
  • You need to show that you are a genuine temporary entrant  
  • You need to score an overall 5.0 in the IELTS (or equivalent test), unless exempt 
  • You pay a lower visa application charge than MLTSSL applicants 
  • There is no pathway to permanent residency 

 

Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) 

  • You can be nominated for 1, 2, 3, or 4 years 
  • You can apply further 482 Visas without limit 
  • You need to score 5.0 in all parts of the IELTS (or equivalent test), unless exempt 
  • You pay a higher visa application charge than STSOL applicants 

If your occupation is in MLTSSL list, you will be eligible for permanent residency Subclass 186 Visawhen the following applies: 

  • You have worked for the same sponsor for three years on your TSS visa 
  • You have worked in the same occupation for the three years 
  • You have Competent English (at least 6.0 in all parts of IELTS or an equivalent test score, unless you are exempt) 
  • You have been paid at least the salary confirmed with your 482 application 
  • You are under 45 years of age at the time of lodging your permanent residency visa 
  • You must meet the salary requirements (check here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/employing-and-sponsoring-someone/sponsoring-workers/nominating-a-position/salary-requirements) 

 

 

 

 

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

The 494 Visa does not grant immediate permanent residency, but may be eligible for the 191 skilled regional permanent residency visaafter a number of years. 

To receive an approval for this visa, you must have: 

  • Have a skill/ trade that is on the skill shortages list 
  • Have, at minimum, three years of work experience in that occupation 
  • Have a relevant skills assessment 
  • Work only for your sponsor or associated entity 
  • Be less than 45 years old, unless an exemption applies 
  • Meet minimum English standards 

How does the 494 Visa lead to permanent residency? 

 

 

You can access permanent residence through the Subclass 191 Visa when the following is met: 

 

  • You have worked in the designated regional area for at least three years, whilst holding a 494 Visa 
  • You must meet the salary requirements (check here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/employing-and-sponsoring-someone/sponsoring-workers/nominating-a-position/salary-requirements) 

 

 

 

  1. Employer Nomination Visa- Subclass 186 Visa 

It has three streams:  

Direct Entry stream 

 

This visa lets skilled workers, who are nominated by an employer, live and work in Australia permanently. 

Australian business requires a position listed under the eligible skilled occupation list (MILTSSL) and the employer requires the position for at least a two-year or more. 

To receive an approval for this visa, you must have: 

The Direct Entry stream is a much quicker way as you are not required to hold a previous visa for a number of years before becoming eligible to apply. The applicant: 

  • Have an eligible occupation 
  • Have a positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation 
  • Hold any license, registration or membership that is required to perform that position, if applicable  
  • Unless exempt, most applicants need to have at least 3 years relevant work experience in their occupation 
  • You have Competent English (at least 6.0 in all parts of IELTS or an equivalent test score, unless you are exempt) 
  • Be less than 45 years old, unless an exemption applies 
  • Employment contract or offer of employment that adheres to the National Employment standards 
  • Letter from sponsoring employer confirming permanent and direct offer of employment  
  •  You must meet the salary requirements (check here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/employing-and-sponsoring-someone/sponsoring-workers/nominating-a-position/salary-requirements) 

 

Labor Agreement Stream 

This visa lets skilled workers, who are nominated by their employer, live and work in Australia permanently. 

To receive an approval for this visa, you must have: 

  • This stream is only applicable if you are being sponsored by an employer through a tailored and negotiated labour agreement. The age, skills and English requirements will be stated in the labour agreement 
  • Unless the labour agreement provides otherwise, you must be aged under 45 years when you apply 

The Temporary Residence Transition Stream 

 

This visa lets skilled workers, who are nominated by their employer, live and work in Australia permanently. 

 

  • Your employer must have sponsored you to work full-time on your subclass 457 or subclass 482 visa for at least 3 of the 4 years prior to nominating you for the subclass 186 visa 
  • You have Competent English (at least 6.0 in all parts of IELTS or an equivalent test score, unless you are exempt) 
  • Usually, you must be under 45 years of age when you apply (but you are exempt if you meet some criteria)  
  • You must meet the salary requirements (check here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/employing-and-sponsoring-someone/sponsoring-workers/nominating-a-position/salary-requirements) 

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