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Employment Visas

Temporary Visas

A temporary visa allows employers operating lawfully in Australia and overseas to utilise approved skilled workers in specific occupations required in Australia to fill temporary vacancies. The most common temporary employer sponsored visa is the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) under a Standard Business Sponsorship.

Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) – Standard Business Sponsorship

This program offers employers the opportunity to sponsor approved skilled workers to work in Australia on a temporary basis. Employers can nominate a number of positions for different occupations under the one sponsorship application.


This program, commonly referred to as the General Skilled Migration program (GSM), is appropriate for those who wish to migrate to Australia but do not have an employer to sponsor their application.

There are a number of visa options under the General Skilled Migration program and prospective applicants should first determine which skilled visa best suits their particular circumstances and needs.


If you want to move from a subclass 457 visa to permanent residency you can do so either via:

  • the Temporary Transition pathway after 2 years in Australia on a subclass 457 visa;

          or

  • the Direct Entry pathway where you obtain a skills assessment and have at least 3 years work experience in your occupation.  

Find out more at how to transition from a 457 to permanent residency. 


Permanent Visas

Lawfully operating Australian employers are able to sponsor skilled workers from overseas to work in Australia in particular occupations considered to be required in Australia.

Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

This scheme allows lawfully operating Australian businesses and employers to recruit overseas workers on permanent visas to work in Australia in full time highly skilled positions which are unable to be filled from the Australian labour market.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)

This scheme allows lawfully operating businesses and employers in regional Australia to employ skilled overseas workers in positions which cannot be filled from the local Australian labour market.

See also: Labour Agreements


 
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