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TEMPORARY WORK (Skilled) VISA – Subclass 457

This is a temporary work visa for employers to sponsor skilled workers from overseas to work in Australia in their nominated occupation. The applicant needs an employer who can sponsor them as part of the visa process. The applicant needs to be sponsored by an approved business when the position nominated by the business cannot be filled locally by an Australian citizen or permanent resident. This visa may lead to permanent residency in Australia either through sponsorship by an eligible employee or the skilled migration. The applicant needs to satisfy the relevant criteria relating skills and English language for this visa. This visa involves a 3-stage process to work in Australia.

  1. Sponsorship

The first stage requires the business to seek approval to sponsor and hire overseas workers. The sponsor must be lawfully engaged in, and actively operating, a business in Australia.

  1. Nomination

The second stage requires the business to nominate an individual applicant for the position in Australia. The nomination must relate to an occupation which meets a minimum skills threshold. The nominated position must be employed on equivalent terms and conditions.

  1. Visa Application

The final stage requires the nominee to submit an application for the 457 visa. The applicant must demonstrate the skills to match the nominated position. The applicant must have a genuine intention to perform duties of the nominated position.

EMPLOYER NOMINATION SCHEME (ENS) – Subclass 186

The Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) is for skilled workers, who are sponsored by their employers for a permanent residence visa. It has three streams:

Direct Entry Stream:

For people nominated by an Australian employer

Temporary Residence Transitional Stream:

For people already in Australia with a 457 visa for employment and have worked for three years and are nominated by the same employer.

Agreement Stream:

The people on Labour Agreements, need  to meet the following criteria:

  • has been nominated by an approved Australian sponsor
  • is younger than 50 years of age, unless exempted
  • meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements, unless exempted

REGIONAL SPONSORED MIGRATION SCHEME (RSMS) – Subclass 187

This is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who are willing to work in regional Australia. It has three streams:

Direct Entry Stream:

For people either in Australia or overseas, who are seeking permanent residence through a nomination by an Australian employer.

Temporary Residence Transition Stream:

For people who are already in Australia on a 457 visa for employment and have worked for three years and are nominated by the same employer.

Agreement Stream:

This visa is for people, in Australia or overseas, who are seeking permanent residence through a nomination by an Australian employer under a Labour Agreement. Applicant needs to meet the following criteria:

  • has been nominated by an approved Australian sponsor
  • is younger than 50 years of age, unless exempted
  • meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements, unless exempted