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Sponsoring Overseas Workers
At AHWC Immigration Law, our mission is to provide your business with the highest quality advice and assistance, including advice about sponsoring overseas workers.

 

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.

To successfully nominate a worker for a TSS Subclass 482 visa, an employer must provide evidence that the position meets the skills criteria, the nominated worker will be paid the market rate while in Australia, the Labour Market Testing criteria have been satisfied and the Skilling Australians Fund levy has been paid.

The worker will also need to provide evidence that they have at least two years of relevant employment experience and can satisfy the skill, English, health and character criteria. Further information on the TSS Subclass 482 visa can be found on our dedicated web page which you will find here.

In order to lodge Subclass 482 TSS nomination applications, an employer (or an associated entity) must be (most commonly) an approved Standard Busines Sponsor (SBS)  or a party to a Labour Agreement.

To become an approved SBS,  employer applicants may be established Australian companies, start-ups or overseas companies not currently operating in Australia.

Labour agreement sponsors, on the other hand, are businesses which have negotiated a contract with the Department of Home Affairs to sponsor workers whose occupation are not on the regular occupation lists, or where employee concessions are required such as language or skills concessions.

Subclass 482 TSS Visas in a nutshell:
  • Sponsorship required: Yes (or Labour Agreement)
  • Maximum visa Length: 4 Years
  • Processing Time: 2-12 Weeks
  • Skilling Australia Fund Levy: Yes

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

Contact Seamus Taaffe directly on 0419 360 210, by email –  staaffe@ahwc.com.au or via our general enquiry page

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 Permanent Visa
The Subclass 186 Visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who have a nominating Australian employer.

 

A Subclass 186 Visa allows applicants and their immediate family (spouse and children) to become Australian permanent residents. Holders of a Subclass 186 Visabe are able to work and study in Australia without ant restrictions and are eligible for Medicare, public education, social security and government assistance with tertiary education fees.

The Subclass 186 visa has two streams, Temporary Residence Transition Stream and the 186 Direct Entry Stream.

 

Temporary Residence Transition Stream

An employer may nominate an overseas employee for this stream where the employee holds a TSS Subclass 482 visa (or Subclass 457 visa) and has worked solely for the employer for a minimum of two or three years, depending on when their initial work visa was granted.

 

Direct Entry Stream

This stream is for applicants who work in an occupation on the Medium and Long-Term Skilled Occupation List (MTSOL), an approved skills assessment in their occupation and have at least three years of relevant employment experience.

 

Additional requirements for both Streams

The Skilling Australia Fund is Payable by a nominating employer for this visa nomination.

Once off cost:

  • Employers with an annual turnover of less than AUD$10 million – $3000.00
  • Employers with an annual turnover of more than AUD$10 million – $5000.00

 

Subclass 186 Employer Nominated Visa in a Nutshell
  • Nomination required: Yes
  • Maximum visa Length: Permanent
  • Processing Time: 20-36 Weeks
  • Skilling Australia Fund Levy: Yes

 

Subclass 186 Visas are Increasingly Complex

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.

 

Contact Seamus Taaffe directly on 0419 360 210, by email –  staaffe@ahwc.com.au or via our general enquiry page

Training Subclass 407 Visa
The Subclass 407 Visa allows Australian organisations to sponsor people to participate in occupational, workplace-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.

 

Subclass 407 Visas in a Nutshell
  • 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.

 

Contact Seamus Taaffe directly on 0419 360 210, by email –  staaffe@ahwc.com.au or via our general enquiry page 

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, including:
  • 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

 

Subclass 408 Temporary Activity Visa in a Nutshell
  • 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.

 

Contact Seamus Taaffe directly on 0419 360 210, by email –  staaffe@ahwc.com.au or via our general enquiry page

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 provide evidence that they have the required skills or knowledge to undertake their activity in the country.

 

Subclass 400 Temporary Work Visas in a Nutshell
  • 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 employee’s application.

 

Contact Seamus Taaffe directly on 0419 360 210, by email –  staaffe@ahwc.com.au or via our general enquiry page

 

 

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

 

To discuss your employee/staffing options, please contact Seamus Taaffe directly on 0419 360 210, by email –  staaffe@ahwc.com.au or via our general enquiry page