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Our experienced migration agents and legal team can help businesses navigate Australia’s complex immigration regulations when recruiting, onboarding and retaining skilled foreign workers.

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SPONSORED VISA & MIGRATION SERVICES

Employment Innovations’ registered migration agents assist corporate company clients and suitably skilled foreign nationals obtain short, medium and long term visas to live and work in Australia.

EI Migration services advise and guide businesses through the strategic steps of Australia’s increasingly complex regulatory framework to obtain the appropriate visa requirements for eligible occupations across the Australian economy.

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BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP

Obtaining an approved business sponsorship from the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) is the first step for businesses to sponsor and employ foreign nationals. Valid for 5 years, an approved business may sponsor and employ an unrestricted number of appropriately skilled foreign nationals working in specific occupations.

Business sponsors are required to:

  • Be actively and lawfully operating in Australia (or overseas);
  • Demonstrate trading activities (or proposing to do so);
  • Have no adverse findings against it; and
  • Agree to the sponsorship obligations outlined by DOHA.

BUSINESS NOMINATION

The next step is for an approved business sponsor is to nominate a skilled occupation available to be filled by a foreign national. Once the nomination is approved, a 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa will be lodged for the nominee. 

A business nomination lodged for an existing 482 TSS visa holder will, on approval, effectively change the sponsor named on the existing visa to the new business sponsor.

Business nominations require:

  • Labour Market Testing (LMT or advertisement) be conducted and finalised,
  • The nominated occupation to be on the Short Term Skills Occupations List (STSOL) or the Medium Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL),
  • The position be paid at market rates for the occupation,
  • Any appropriate caveats attached to the nominated occupation are addressed,
  • Business sponsors pay the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Levy.

482 TEMPORARY SKILL SHORTAGE (TSS) VISA

The 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (482 TSS) visa replaced the 457 visa on 18 March 2018. The 482 TSS visa enables skilled foreign nationals to work for an approved business sponsor. 

A 482 TSS visa lodgement may take place immediately after a business nomination is lodged and once approved, the visa holder may commence employment with the business sponsor in the nominated occupation.

482 TSS visas

  • Short Term Skills Occupations List (STSOL); valid for 2 years and holders may apply for another 2-year 482 TSS visa at a later stage; currently 2-year 482 TSS visa holders are unable to apply for a Permanent Resident Visa,
  • Medium Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL); valid for 4 years and holders of a 4-year 482 TSS visa may apply for Permanent Residence Visa at the beginning of the 4th year of their 482 TSS visa.
  • Require primary applicants to demonstrate they have at least 2 years’ relevant employment experience in the skilled occupation, they’ve been nominated for,
  • Allows for family members, such as partners and/or children to be included in an application,
  • Require applicants over 16 to provide police checks,
  • May require applicants to undertake health checks, 
  • May require English language testing.

PERMANENT RESIDENT VISAS

Applying for a company assisted permanent resident visa is a natural progression for those who hold 4-year 457 or 482 TSS visas. The common types of company assisted PR visas are the 186 Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) and the 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS). There are also 2 different pathways or “streams” to apply under each respective visa.

186 (ENS) Permanent Resident visa;

  • Enables a business to nominate a foreign national to a permanent position,
  • Requires the occupation to be on the 186 PR visa list and the position be paid at market rates,
  • Requires any appropriate caveats attached to the nominated occupation to be addressed,
  • The nominating employer pays the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Levy,
  • Enables 4-year 482 TSS (or 457) visa holders to apply under the Temporary Resident Transition Stream (TRTS) after working for the nominating employer for at least 3 years,
  • Enables eligible 4-year 482 TSS (or 457) visa holders to apply under the Direct Entry Stream (DES) by demonstrating you have at least 3 years relevant work experience and complete a positive skills assessment (unless you are exempt).

187 (RSMS) Permanent Resident visa;

  • Enables a business to nominate a foreign national to a permanent position located in regional Australia defined by a set of specific postcodes,
  • Requires confirmation from the relevant Regional Certifying Board that the nominated occupation is appropriate for the selected region,
  • Requires the occupation to be on the 187 PR visa list and the position be paid at market rates,
  • Requires any appropriate caveats attached to the nominated occupation to be addressed,
  • The nominating employer pays the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Levy,
  • Enables 4-year 482 TSS (or 457) visa holders to apply under the Temporary Resident Transition Stream (TRTS) after working for the nominating employer for at least 3 years,
  • Enables eligible 4-year 482 TSS (or 457) visa holders to apply under the Direct Entry Stream (DES) by demonstrating you have at least 3 years of relevant work experience and agree to remain employed with the nominating employer for a minimum of 2 years.

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