Skilled worker looking for employment? Australia needs you! The 457 Visa is a four year temporary work designed for those seeking to be employed in skilled occupations in Australia. The visa allows approved Australian and overseas businesses to sponsor employees to work in Australia. It is important to note that the Australian Government has recently introduced provisions that will aid in the transition from the 457 Visa to permanent residency from July 1, 2012. The provision includes that non-resident workers on the 457 Visa will be able to transition to permanent residency if they have 2 years with the employer who has sponsored them and if the employer provides a full-time position in the 457 visa holder's nominated occupation. The 457 Visa is therefore an effective way of obtaining work in Australia with the possibility of migration. |
There are three stages involved in obtaining the visa, and require a number of obligations on the part of both the employer and the employee.
Stage 1: Sponsorship Approval
Employers must first apply to become a Business sponsorship, requiring proof a properly established business structure in sound financial position where the company training activities meet the Department of Immigration benchmarks. Once obtained, the approval is valid for 3 years and is not limited to any set number of employees.
Stage 2: Nomination
Employers must apply for approval for the position to be filled within their organisation. Requirements are based on occupation and salary market level. It is important to keep in mind that the occupation must be an occupation nominated from the list of approved occupations found in ComLaw (IMMI 10/085).
Stage 3: Visa Application Requirements
Finally, the employee must lodge an application for a 457 visa and demonstrate that they have the required qualifications and work experience for the position. This includes any necessary licensing or registration, and in some cases an English Language Proficiency requirement. The 457 visa application must either be lodged after the sponsorship and nomination, or at the same time.
Some useful information:
Members of a primary visa applicant's family unit who are applying for a Subclass 457 visa at the same time as the primary visa applicant may make a combined application with the primary visa applicant. They can apply on the same form and pay one visa application charge. If a combined application is not made, separate applications will need to be made and will incur separate application charges.
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