There are several visa options that allow businesses to sponsor overseas workers to work in Australia.
- Temporary Business Sponsorship (457 visas)
- Temporary Work (Skilled) or 457 visa allows businesses based either in Australia or overseas to sponsor workers for a temporary visa lasting up to 4 years. Only certain occupations are eligible for 457 visas, and employees must be paid at the market rate.
- Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 Tempeorary Residence Transition
- Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 Direct Entry
- The Employer Nomination Scheme requires the nominating employer to be operating in Australia. The employee needs to show a higher level of skill than for a 457 visa, but otherwise the criteria are broadly similar to the 457 visa.
- Regional Sponsored Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS)Tempeorary Residence Transition
- Regional Sponsored Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS) Direct Entry
- The RSMS visa requires a job offer in a regional area. The position needs to be approved by a Regional Certifying Body, but otherwise the skill level criteria are lower than for an ENS visa. The resulting RSMS visa is a permanent visa, but is subject to cancellation if the employee leaves employment within 2 years of obtaining the visa.
- Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Subclass 400 Visas
- For people undertaking highly specialised work or they are working in Australia’s interest
- Temporary Activity Subclass 408 Visas
- For people coming to Australia as an invited participant, on exchange with an Australian business, for sporting activities, as a religious worker, a Domestic worker, to work in the entertainment industry, for research activities with an Australian educational institution, or as part of a special program
- Training Subclass 407 Visas
- For people working as an occupational trainee or as part of a professional development program