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Depending on your requirements, you may be able to sponsor workers on either a temporary visa or a permanent visa. Below is a brief outline of the current visa ​options. If you think any of them might suit your business needs, check the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website to find out:

  • the most up to date information;

  • how each visa works;

  • eligibility requirements;

  • your obligations;

  • the worker's obligations; and

  • how to apply. 

 

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements and criteria differ widely from visa to visa but generally the applicant worker must have the following:

  • proficiency in the English language;

  • good health;

  • good character;

  • their skills assessed or already possess relevant qualifications to the position; and

  • meet any age restrictions.

 

Temporary visas

Temporary work (skilled) visa (subclass 457)

This visa allows employees to work in Australia for​ up to four years. They may also be able to bring in eligible family members.

Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for more information.

Labour agreements

Labour agreements are formal arrangements between an employer and the Commonwealth which allow for the recruitment of an agreed number of overseas skilled workers.

This program allows you to employ overseas workers on temporary or permanent visas. 

Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for more information.

 

Permanent visas

Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

This visa allows employers to nominate skilled workers for a permanent residence visa. You must be able to offer a position that is full time and ongoing for at least two years.

Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection  website for more information.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187)

This visa allows employers to nominate skilled workers for a permanent residence visa who want to work in regional Australia.

See the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme section for more information.

 

Other visa options

The DIBP website has a visa finder that shows a range of visas that may be available to your potential worker. Talking to a migration agent could also be helpful.

A list of registered migration agents is available from the DIBP's
Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA).  

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The Migration Services office will be closed from 2.00 pm Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018.
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