Organising sponsorship for overseas employees can be a daunting and time-consuming task. As a former employer and contractor in the construction industry I am well aware of the pressures and time-constraints that employers face on a daily basis. Apart from organising the application forms and supporting documentation, there are many other issues and agencies to deal with, like:
The sc. 457 visa was discontinued on 18 March 2018 and was replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage sc. 482 Visa.
Th sc. 494 Skilled employers (Regional) Visa commenced on 16 November 2019 and the sc. 187 RSMS-Direct Entry stream is no longer available to new applicants.
All skilled and employer sponsored visas require applicants to nominate an eligible skilled occupation.
The various skilled occupation lists can be found here:
More information here: Legislative Instruments
An overview of all the changes can be found here: Skilled Migration Program
With this visa, you can:
•Live, work and study only in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years
•If eligible, apply for permanent residence after 3 years from the time your visa is granted
•You must live, work and study in a designated regional area, which includes all of Australia except for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
494 visa requirements:
•Age under 45 at time of application
•Competent English at time of application
•You must have been employed in the nominated occupation for at least 3 years on a full-time basis and at the skill level required for the nominated occupation.
•If in Australia, hold a substantive or Bridging Visa A, B or C
•Successful skills assessment at time of application
Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored (Regional)Get In Touch
These visas are for skilled workers from outside Australia or skilled temporary residents who live and work in Australia. It has three streams.
Note: transitional arrangements may apply to those who held a 457 visa or had applied for a 457 visa on or before the 18th April 2017, which was subsequently granted.
In this overview, we will only address the Temporary Residence Transition and the Direct Entry streams.
Current Permanent Employer Sponsored VisasGet In Touch
This visa has been replaced by the subclass 494-Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional- visa on 16 November 2019.
The Temporary Residence Transition stream is still available to exisiting sc. 457/482 visa holders.
This is a permanent visa for employers operating in regional and low population growth areas of Australia, who want to sponsor skilled workers to fill skilled vacancies in their business.
To participate in the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, you must:
To apply for this visa, you must:
If you apply for the Temporary Residence Transition stream, your skills do generally not need to be assessed
If you apply for the Direct Entry stream, you must:
There may be exemptions relating to age, skills and English language ability. These depend on your nominated occupation, salary and past work experience.
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Permanent) (Subclass 187)Get In Touch
This visa is for skilled workers from outside Australia or skilled temporary residents who live and work in Australia.
There are 2 stages to this visa.
To participate in the Employer Nomination Scheme, you must:
Temporary Residence Transition stream
Direct Entry stream
There are exemptions relating to age, skills and English language ability. These depend on your nominated occupation, salary and past work experience.
Employer Nomination Scheme (Permanent) (Subclass 186)Get In Touch
Changes introduced in July 2017 and March 2018 mean that many people may no longer be eligible for ENS and RSMS applications.
Applicants currently need to be under 50 when they lodge to be eligible for ENS or RSMS.
From 1 July 2017, applicants for the Direct Entry Stream of ENS and RSMS will need to be under 45 when they apply. There has been no information about possible exemptions for people 45 or over.
The Department of Immigration has indicated that the age limit for the Temporary Residence Transition Stream will not change until March 2018, but there is no guarantee that this won’t change earlier than expected.
From 1 July, all applicants for ENS and RSMS visas will need Competent English.
Work experience requirements will be increased for employer sponsored visas from March 2018 as follows:
People who will be affected by these changes:
From March 2018, only applicants with an occupation on the MLTSSL will be eligible for permanent employer sponsored visas. There may be some additional occupations for regional positions.
The MLTSSL has only 183 occupations, mainly in accounting, engineering, IT, medical and allied health and trades. Currently, approximately 70% of ENS and RSMS applications are for people in occupations which are not on the MLTSSL. 60% of 457 visa holders are in an occupation which is not on the MLTSSL.
This change will have a significant impact on applicants for ENS and RSMS.
From March 2018, a training levy will be payable when applying for an ENS or RSMS visa. The amount will be $3,000 for smaller businesses with turnover of less than AUD 10 million, or $5,000 for larger businesses.
Changes to Permanent Employer Sponsored VisasGet In Touch
To prove that you have functional English you must provide evidence of one of the following:
To prove that you have vocational English you must provide evidence of one of the following:
To prove that you have competent English you must provide evidence of one of the following:
To prove that you have proficient English you must provide evidence of one of the following:
To prove that you have superior English you must provide evidence of one of the following:
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