Australia is a great place to live and work, offering lifestyle and employment opportunities. To work, you must have a valid Australian visa with work rights. A range of temporary and permanent skilled visas are available.
- The Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) is for skilled workers who want to work in Australia. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa programme.
- This visa is a permanent residence visa. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply. If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.
The visa has three pathways:
The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer (who has lodged a valid nomination with us under the Temporary Residence Transition stream), who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.
- The Direct Entry stream is for:
people who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream
people who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia, or
temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream
The Agreement stream is for people sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.
The subclass 457 visa programme is the most commonly used Australian visa programme to sponsor overseas skilled workers on a temporary basis.
To sponsor an employee from overseas under this programme, the following three stages are required:
- Sponsorship—the employer applies for approval as a standard business sponsor. This is required to nominate an occupation for a subclass 457 visa.
- Nomination—the employer nominates an occupation for a prospective or existing subclass 457 visa holder.
- Visa application—the person nominated to work in the nominated occupation applies for the subclass 457 visa. This is the final step to obtaining a subclass 457 visa.
This visa is for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia. This visa involves a two-step process similar to subclass 457, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa program. The pathways are also the same us subclass 457.
This visa is for people who want to travel to Australia to:
- Do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work
- Participate in non-ongoing cultural or social activities at the invitation of an Australian organisation, or
- In limited circumstances, participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interest