Australia’s migration program enables employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers to travel to or remain in Australia to work in their business where a suitable Australian worker cannot be sourced for the position.

Employers can nominate a position in their business to be filled by an overseas worker for:

  • Short-Term Work visas
  • Temporary Work visas (up to 4 years)
  • Permanent Residence visas

Short-Term Work visas

Short term work visas may be appropriate where a position is non-ongoing and highly specialised or in the interests of Australia.  Generally, these type of visas would be for up to 3 months.

Other Short-Term Temporary Activity work visas may be appropriate for specific purposes such as to perform Religious Work, compete in Sporting events or as an Entertainer.

Temporary Work visas

Temporary Work visas sponsored by an employer can be granted for up to 4 years and are granted under a formal Sponsorship arrangement where the visa has a condition that the Visa holder continue working with the sponsor to remain in Australia.

This type of visa was previously known as a 457 visa which was replaced in March 2018 by the current Temporary Work visa (subclass 482) Temporary Skill Shortage visa.

Permanent Residence visas

Employer Sponsorship for Australian Permanent Residence is under the Employer Nomination Scheme via the subclass 186 or subclass 187 visa programs.  Australian Permanent Residence enables a person to remain indefinitely in Australia and, once eligible, they may later be able to apply for Australian Citizenship.

Unlike the Temporary Sponsorship program, employers sponsoring for permanent residence do not have to complete Labour Market Testing prior to lodging an application or have ongoing Sponsorship Obligations under the Migration Act 1958.