Employer Sponsorship

At Australian Visa Group we understand the urgency to get the right personnel working in your business.   When you are considering employing overseas workers in Australia, you want the right advice, your applications given thorough consideration and to have easy and direct access to your dedicated migration agent.   At Australian Visa Group we have over 18 years’ experience obtaining sponsorship approvals, managing nominations and submissions of visa applications.

Our migration agents have experience working with start ups, national and multi national companies.  You will be provided with ongoing advice and support.  Your requirements will be clearly explained, applications submitted and visas approved.

Corporate Migration Services

Australian Visa Group provides accurate migration advice and manages a range of visa applications to ensure our clients obtain their Australian residency.  Our Visa Agents conduct detailed assessments against various Australian visas, selecting a pathway that offers applicants the highest chance of success in the most time efficient and cost effective manner.

We assist employers recruit from the international labour market by obtaining Standard Business Sponsorship approval,  negotiating Labour Agreements, submitting nominations and visa applications.  Our Visa Agent will ensure the employment of foreign workers in Australia is a simple and stress free experience. We help our clients understand and operate in compliance with Australian migration law.

At Australian Visa Group we understand the urgency to get the right personnel working in your business. You want the right advice, your applications given thorough consideration and to have direct access to your dedicated migration agent. The requirements will be clearly explained, applications submitted promptly and visas approved.

Only registered immigration agents and immigration lawyers can legally give immigration assistance in Australia.   A registered migration agent can provide advice on Australian immigration law and manage Australian visa and Australian citizenship applications.   If you are looking for a Visa Agent in Sydney, Visa Agent Melbourne or Visa Agent Perth contact our office today on 1800 875 285.

Migration Agents must be listed on the Register of Migration Agents, held by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.   All visa agents working for Australian Visa Group are registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority.

At Australian Visa Group we explain and simplify the sponsorship process.  We will outline the permanent and temporary employer sponsored visa options for your employees.   Our Migration Agent will also review and explain any independent visa options for your employees.   We will liaise directly with your employees throughout the entire application process.   At all times we are here to answer any questions, issues or problems as they arise.    As a corporate client you will be allocated a dedicated senior migration agent to manage your account.  You will have direct access to this migration agent and prompt attention to any issues as they arise.

Employing Overseas Workers

We provide the following services:

  • Full visa assessment for any potential or existing employees
  • Explaining sponsorship obligations and requirements
  • Examining any alternative visa options for applicants
  • Obtaining Standard Business Sponsorship approval
  • Negotiating Labour Agreements
  • Submitting nominations
  • Managing Australian visa applications

Australian Visa Group has represented clients in the following industries:

  • Industrial
  • Construction
  • Mining
  • Hospitality
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Salons
  • National Employer Associations
  • Engineering
  • Medical
  • Government
  • Information  Technology
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Gardening and Landscaping
  • Sole Traders
  • Start ups
  • Not for Profit
  • International Organisations

Employing Overseas Workers – Temporary Employer Sponsored Visa Options

The TSS subclass 482 visa enables eligible employers to address short-to-medium-term skill shortages in their business that cannot be filled from the local labour market.  The subclass 482 visa programme is the most commonly used Australian visa programme to sponsor overseas skilled workers on a temporary basis.    482 visas may be granted for a stay of up to 4 years.

Employing Overseas Workers – Permanent Employer Sponsored Visas Options:

The Employer Sponsored Migration programme allows employers to nominate foreign workers for permanent residence to fill genuine vacancies in their business.

Within each of these visa subclasses there will be three streams:

  • The temporary residence transition 
  • The direct entry stream
  • The agreement stream


TRA changes to employment experience

Vetasess have announced changes to the employment and training requirements for Pathway 1 assessments through TRA The amount of verifiable employment evidence a Pathway 1 (no Australian qualification) : Licensed trade with no formal training – six years work experience Licensed trade with formal training – four years work experience Non-licensed trade with no formal…


Goldfields Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)

In March 2019, the  Goldfields Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) was approved.   The final details are yet to be released including the application process, occupations list and criteria. The final requirements to be released: June 2019 Lodge applications from:  July 2019 Start advertising the position:  Immediately* The Goldfields Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) is a five year…


Changes to the Skilled Occupations Lists

Thirty (30) new occupations added to the Skilled Occupations Lists!   On 11 March 2019, the skilled occupation lists were updated.   If your occupation previously was restricted to the Short Term List or wasn’t listed on any list, then it’s worth having another look as your visa options may have changed.   If your occupation has moved…


Getting caught breaching visa conditions

If you don’t comply with your visa conditions, there are many ways it can catch up with you.  If you are forewarned you can make better decisions before any potential breaches take place.   As registered migration agents, we receive inquiries from visa holders who have already breached their current or prior visa conditions and are…


Faster processing of 482 nominations for Accredited Sponsors

Current processing times for 482 nominations and visa applications are 1 – 2 months from submission.   Standard Business Sponsors can apply for Accredited Status to receive priority processing. Accredited Sponsor Scheme The Accredited Sponsor Scheme provides Standard Business Sponsors with streamlined and priority processing arrangements for 482 nomination and visa applications.  Most applications for Accredited…


Vetassess Skill Assessment Update

From 14 February 2019, when lodging a Vetassess Skill Assessment, for general professions, applicants will be required to provide exact employment dates (dd/mm/yyyy).  Prior to this change a Vetassess Skill Assessment used only month and year to calculate the employment dates. Vetasses will continue to retrieve these dates from official documents only.    So it is…


407 Training Visa – Overview for Employers

After the government brought in the training levy, which is applicable to the temporary 482 nomination application, some employers are looking at alternative visa options to sponsor overseas workers in Australia.  The 407 Training Visa is worth considering.  407 Training Visa Quite a few employers may find that they or their positions meet the requirements to sponsor their applicants for…


482 visa – Overview for Employers

This blog post is aimed at potential business sponsors who would like to gain an understanding of the 482 visa, the risks and obligations. We provide a quick overview of the 482 visa including it’s purpose and the basic requirements for Standard Business Sponsorship, Nomination and Visa applications. We take a look at establishing the…


Part-time Work on a 482 Visa

Part-time Work on a 482 Visa   Is part-time work on a 482 visa allowed?  A recent addition to the 482 nomination criteria sparked interest that part-time work may be allowed for 482 visa holders.    When submitting a 482 nomination, most occupations must provide full-time work. Full-time is considered to be: 38 hours per…


Holding Standard Business Sponsors to Public Account

Standard Business Sponsors who fail to meet their sponsorship obligations could find information regarding their breach published by the Minister.  The Enhanced Integrity Act 2018 has received Royal Assent.  Meaning the legislation will come into effect on the day of proclamation or on the day following 6 months from the day of Royal Assent, which…


Employer Sponsored Training Levy

A new training levy applies to all 482, 186 ENS and 187 RSMS nominations lodged on or after 12 August 2018.   So what is the training levy?   How much will it cost and what are your options for a refund? The Skilled Australia Fund (SAF) is managed by the Department of Education and Training (DET). The purpose…


457 visa to permanent residency – changing employers

What is the pathway from a 457 visa to permanent residency?  If you either held, or were an applicant for a 457 visa (which was subsequently granted) on 18 April 2017, transitional arrangements apply when you lodge a 186 ENS visa via transition. What are the benefits of the transitional arrangements? You only need to work for…


482 Processing Times – August 2018

Current 482 processing times advertised by the Department of Home Affairs Stream 75 per cent of applications processed 90 per cent of applications processed Short-term stream 50 days 67 days Medium-term stream 48 days 57 days Labour Agreement stream 32 days 54 days ​Sponsorship ​48 days ​53 days ​Nomination ​49 days ​54 days Last updated 22…


New 482 Labour Market Testing Requirements

From 12 August 2018, new labour market testing requirements apply to 482 visa nominations. We recommend all employers discuss their advertising efforts with us prior to placing any advertising to ensure it will met the strict 482 visa requirements.  Speak with our migration agent today on 1800 875 285 Adverting must be conducted in the…


482 – The new TSS visa

482 TSS visa (Temporary Skills Shortage) The new TSS subclass 482 visa replaces the old 457 visa program. Our experienced Migration Agent Perth, Melbourne or Sydney will conduct a thorough assessment and guide you through the entire application process. Below is a very basic overview of the program. Applications can become complicated with regards to the work experience, skills, English…


Age waivers for permanent employer sponsored visas

From the 1 July 2017 the age limit for Employer Nomination Scheme subclass 186 via direct entry and RSMS subclass 187 via Direct Entry was lowered from under 50 to under 45 years of age.    The age limit for those applying under the transition stream remains at under 50 years of age.   Contact our Migration…


Upcoming changes :  Employer Sponsored Migration

The current 457 visa is due to be replaced by the TSS visa in March 2018.   There are will be two occupation lists for the TSS.  These lists are split into the ‘short’ and ‘medium’ term.    Short term occupations will be issued a visa for two years with no pathway to permanent residency.   Medium term…


Changes to the 457 visa

The 457 visa programme is due to be replaced by a new visa subclass.   Below we discuss the details and planned time frames for the changes to Australia’s temporary employer sponsored skilled migration programme.   The 457 visa will no longer be available and a new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa will be introduced in March…

Family Migration

Permanent residency for newly appointed General Manager

Case Overview Our client was working for his employer based out of their UK office.  He had been offered a promotion to the position of General Manager to establish business operations in Australia.    He had a degree in business but had not worked at the level of General Manager previously.    He had been with his…


Obtaining permanent residency through self sponsorship

Our client, an IT professional, was in Australia as the main applicant on a Temporary (Work) Skilled 457 visa.  He was disheartened with his current employer and no longer felt satisfied in his role.  He had the opportunity to establish his own business in Australia.    He had been approached by potential business partners and had…