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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 Home Affairs 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 skill shortage visa (subclass 482) (this replaced the subclass 457 visa)

This visa allows employees to work in Australia temporarily. They may also be able to bring in eligible family members.

Visit the Department of Home Affairs 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 Home Affairs 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 Home Affairs 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 Department of Home Affairs 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 Department of Home Affairs
Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.  

News
25 September 2018

New graduate stream for State nomination now available

A new graduate stream is now available for Western Australian State nomination.

The new stream is available to eligible university graduates who have studied for at least two years in Western Australia at a Western Australian university, and have an available occupation on the new Graduate occupation list for the intended visa subclass.

Visit the State nomination requirements page for more information and the full list of requirements you must meet in order to be eligible for this stream.
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