Work Visas

We understand that Australian Employers and Business may struggle finding skilled workers to help maintain and grow their business and as such, our Best Work Visa Consultants, Registered Migration Agents and Migration Lawyers specialises in temporary work visa and permanent residency applications including TSS Visas, Employer Sponsored Visas, 482, 494, 186 and 187

 

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There are multiple types of Australian work visas. Learn more about the various types of work visas as you read on.

 

For Workers

If you are a worker and have found an Australian Business to sponsor you and need help with your visa, please do not hesitate to contact us.

For Australian Businesses 

If you are an Australian Employer and have been struggling to find local skilled worker, and have found as suitable overseas worker, please feel free to contact us. 

Further to the above, our firm can assist with connecting Australian Businesses to our collaborative partners in supplying suitable workers for your business.

 

Click here for more information regarding our Collaborative Partner. 

 

Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa (Subclass 482) 

 

The Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa (Subclass 482) is a temporary work visa. 

 

This visa enables employers who are unable to source local workers (Australian Permanent Residents or Australian Citizens) to sponsor an overseas worker.  

 

Within our practice, we simplify the process into a clear 3 Step process. 

 

STEP 1 - We assist the Employer in applying to become an approved Standard Business Sponsor. This sponsorship, if approved lasts for a period of 5 years and can be used to sponsor other workers in the future should there be a need. 

 

STEP 2 - We assist the Employer in nominating the particular worker. This process can be challenging and technical, as the Employer must meet various requirements including labour market testing and annual market salary rate. The Employer must also show that there is a genuine need to employ the worker. 

 

STEP 3 - Upon a successful nomination, the worker can be granted a work visa if the applicant meets all eligibility requirement. We assist in this process to ensure that all requirements are met. 

 

Generally, an applicant must be nominated by an approved Sponsor, have the relevant skills and work experience to perform the role in the nominated occupation and meet English Requirement. In some cases, an applicant must also undergo skills assessment to meet the visa requirement. Certain skills assessment process can be lengthy and therefore you may wish to start the process before or at the same time when the Employer prepares for STEP 1 (Sponsorship application). 

 

Unlike the other work visa streams, there is no age limit for this visa. However, if you are looking at applying for this visa, it is noted that if you are close to 45 years of age or are over 45 years of age, upon expiry of your visa, you may need to make arrangements to leave Australia as the age limit for permanent visas under the work stream is under 45. In limited circumstances, you may be able to renew your temporary visa if your Employer can show that they genuinely require your service and cannot find local workers to fill the position, however it will not lead to permanent residency. Hence, if you are close to 45 or have turned 45 years of age, then you may wish to consider other visa options which may be more suitable for your case.

 

The Short-Term stream is usually granted for 2 years or up to 4 years if an International Trade Obligation (ITO) applies. To be eligible for this stream, the employer must nominate the worker on the short-term list under the relevant skilled occupation list. 

 

The Medium-Term stream is usually granted for 4 years. To be eligible for this stream, the employer must nominate the worker on a medium/long term list under the relevant skilled occupation list. In some cases, this may also lead to permanent residency after working for the employer for three years (a new application must be lodged under the permanent work visa stream)

 

The Labour Agreement Stream is introduced to fill in the gaps where Australian Businesses are unable to fit into the Short or Medium-Term stream. Labour agreements are negotiated and agreed between the Australian Government and employers. In this case, there may be more relaxed approach towards various criteria such as type of occupation, English and skills concession. The visa is usually granted for 4 years and in some cases, with options toward permanent residency even if you are over 45 years of age, depending on the terms of the labour agreement. 

 

Visa holders are also able to bring their families to Australia under the Subsequent entrant stream if the families are not already in Australia. 

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 494 

 

This is a provisional skilled regional visa which is granted for 5 years. Visa holders must live, work and study in designated regional areas in Australia. This can lead to permanent residency after living and working in a regional area for 3 years after the Subclass 494 visa is granted. 

 

To be eligible for this visa, an applicant must be nominated by an Australian Business to work in an occupation on the relevant skilled occupation list. Generally, an applicant must also undergo and receive a positive skills assessment to ensure that their skill is comparable to Australia’s standard. Exemption applies in limited circumstances. The applicant must also have at least 3 years of relevant work experience and work only for the Australian Sponsor unless exempted. The cut off age for this visa is 45 unless exempted, and the applicant must meet the English requirement. 

 

Visa holders are also able to bring their families to Australia under the Subsequent entrant stream if the families are not already in Australia. 

 

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 Permanent Visa 

 

Subclass 186 (Direct Entry Stream) 

 

Subclass 186 Direct Entry Stream is a permanent residency visa and visa holders can work, study and live in Australia. Visa holders can also apply for Australian Citizenship when eligible.

 

To be eligible for this visa, an applicant must have an occupation that is on the list of eligible skilled occupations, have at least 3 years relevant work experience and have a positive skills assessment, unless exempted. 

 

Subclass 186 (Temporary Transition Stream)  

 

Subclass 186 Temporary Transition Stream is a permanent residency visa and visa holders can work, study and live in Australia. Visa holders can also apply for Australian Citizenship when eligible.

 

To be eligible for this visa, an applicant must hold a subclass 457, TSS or related Bridging visa A, B or C, or have worked for the same employer for at least 3 years full time while holding a subclass 457 or TSS visa and successfully nominated by an Australian employer. 

 

The Subclass 186 also has a stream for labour agreement. 

Transitional Arrangements 

Workers who are on Subclass 457 visa who on 18 April 2017 either held a Subclass 457 or was an applicant for a Subclass 457 visa which was subsequently granted may still be eligible for Subclass 187 (RSMS) Permanent Visa under the Transitional Entry Stream. 

Workers who are on SC482 visa who on 20 March 2019 either held a Subclass 482 visa in the Medium-Term Stream or was an applicant for a SC482 visa which was subsequently granted   may still be eligible for Subclass 187 Permanent Visa under the Transitional Stream. 

It is noted that Subclass 187 (RSMS) Direct Entry is no longer in force, though Transitional Stream may still be available for some applicants. 

If you are a Subclass 457 visa holder or Subclass 482 holder seeking for permanent residency, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

 

 

Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408)

 

The Temporary Activity Visa Stream has various limbs and the timeframe varies from 3 months to 2 years, depending on the type of visa. 

The Special Program visa enables the visa holder to take part in an approved special program such as youth exchange, cultural enrichment or community programs, school language assistants or "gap year school volunteering ".

The Religious WorkV isa enables religious workers to undertake full-time religious work for a religious institution in Australia. 

The Research Activities visa enables visa holder to observe or take part in a research project at a research or tertiary institution in Australia. 

Invited Participant for Social or Cultural Activity enables visa holders to participate in a community-based event, including sporting events. 

The Sporting Activities visa allows visa holders to play, coach, instruct or adjudicate for an Australian team, undergo high level sports training with a sporting organisation. 

The Entertainment Activities visa enables visa holders to work in the entertainment industry on film, television or live productions as a performer, production or support staff. 

The Superyacht Crew visa enables visa holders to work as a crew member of a superyacht. 

The Exchange Agreement visa enables a staff exchange with an Australian organisation. ​​​​​

 

The Domestic Worker Visa enables domestic workers to do full-time domestic work in the household of certain senior foreign executives

 

It is noted that the information on this website is not to be treated as legal or migration advice. It is basic information only. Our firm assess each case on a case by case basis. Please do not hesitate to contact us for specific advice for your case. Thank you. 

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