Employer Sponsored Visa Options
At AHWC Immigration Law, our mission is to provide your business with the highest quality advice and assistance. We specialise in delivering Australian immigration solutions that are tailored to your company’s needs, allowing you to utilise skilled global talent to fill gaps in your local workforce.


There are a variety of employer work visa options that may benefit your business, use the below dropdowns to find out more details about each visa subclass:


Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 Visa
The TSS Subclass 482 visa program allows an employer to sponsor expatriate individuals and their immediate families to work in approved occupations in Australia for a period of up to four years.

In order to be successful with a TSS Subclass 482 visa application the employer will need to evidence that the position meets the skill criteria, that the worker will be paid the market rate while in Australia and satisfy the Labour Market Testing criteria. The worker will also need to evidence that they at least two years of relevant employer experience and satisfy the skill, English, health and character criteria. Further information on the TSS Subclass 482 visa can be found on our dedicated web page.

In order to apply and obtain individuals for a Subclass 482 visa, the employer (or an associated entity) must be an approved sponsor. Sponsors can be established Australian companies, start-ups or overseas companies without a current presence in the country.

  • Sponsorship required: Yes
  • Maximum visa Length: 4 Years
  • Processing Time: 2-12 Weeks
  • Skilling Australia Fund Levy: Yes

Please contact our office for an obligation free assessment to determine whether your business may be eligible to become a sponsor for a TSS Subclass 482 visa program.

Employer Nomination Scheme Subclass 186 Permanent Visa
The Subclass 186 visa is a permanent visa for skilled workers who have a nominating Australian employer. It allows applicants and their immediate family to become Australian permanent residents, be able to work and study in the country without ant restrictions and be able to enrol in Australia’s public health care system. The Subclass 186 visa has two streams, Temporary Residence Transition Stream and the 186 Direct Entry Stream.

Temporary Residence Transition Stream

This stream is for expatriate employees who currently hold a TSS Subclass 482 visa (or Subclass 457 visa) and have worked for the same employer for a minimum of two to three years, depending on when their initial work visa was granted.

Direct Entry Stream

This stream is for applicants who work in a position that is most closely associated with an occupations on the Medium and Long-Term Skilled Occupation List (MTSOL), who meet the criteria for a skills assessment in their occupation and have at least three years of relevant employment experience.

  • Sponsorship required: Yes
  • Maximum visa Length: Permanent
  • Processing Time: 20-36 Weeks
  • Skilling Australia Fund Levy: Yes

Recent changes have made the application process and eligibility for ENS Subclass 186 visas significantly more complicated and challenging. We have a dedicated team who have successfully assisted thousands of applicants with obtaining Subclass 186 visas, securing their long term future in Australia for them and their family.

Training Subclass 407 Visa
The Subclass 407 visa allows Australian organisations to sponsor people to participate in occupational, work place based training programs. There are three types of occupational training covered by the program:

  1. workplace-based training required for registration
  2. structured workplace-based training to enhance skills in an eligible occupation
  3. training that promotes capacity building overseas.
  • Sponsorship required: Yes
  • Maximum visa Length: 2 Years
  • Processing Time: 8-12 Weeks
  • Skilling Australia Fund Levy: No

Subclass 407 visa can be granted for up to a period of two years. We would be happy to discuss whether your business is able to apply to become a sponsor for a Subclass 407 visa and if your training program is suitable. 

Temporary Activity Subclass 408 Visa
The Temporary Activity Subclass 408 visa allows businesses to sponsor people to come to Australia to undertake specific types of work. This includes:

  • Work in the entertainment industry: For movie, film, television staff, live productions as a performer, production or support staff.
  • Complete sporting activities (including training): Allows individuals to play, coach, adjudicate or instruct for an Australian team
  • Participate in staff exchange programs: For overseas workers to come to Australia as part of a staff exchange with an Australian organisation.
  • Participate in academic research
  • Undertake full-time religious work
  • Participate in government events
  • Undertake domestic work for foreign executives
  • Work as a superyacht crew member
  • Participate in special programs to enhance international relations and cultural exchange; and
  • Participate in cultural or social events at the invitation of an Australian organisation
  • Sponsorship required: Yes
  • Maximum visa Length: 2 Years
  • Processing Time: 8-12 Weeks
  • Skilling Australia Fund Levy: No

For a better understand of this visa category, please contact us to arrange an obligation free consultation.

Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Subclass 400 Visa

The Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Subclass 400 Visa allows for expatriate workers to complete short term (up to 6 months) work in Australia. This visa requires the support of an Australia business and the applicant will need to evidence that they have the required skills or knowledge to undertake their activity in the country.

  • Sponsorship required: No
  • Maximum visa Length: 6 Months
  • Processing Time: 1-4 Weeks
  • Skilling Australia Fund Levy: No

Due to its low cost and eligibility criteria, Subclass 400 visa applications are often heavily scrutinized by the Department of Home Affairs. Our experienced team can advise of the application process and required documents for your assignees application.

 There are additional visa options available for employers who are based in a regional area including:


In order to answer any questions in relation to Australia’s work visa options and how utilising them may benefit your business, please contact our office for a free consultation.