The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) is currently the most common pathway of business sponsorship for overseas workers. 457 visa applicants must have an employer willing to sponsor them as part of the visa application process. Employers must meet specific Sponsorship and Nomination criteria before the prospective employee can apply. Applicants must meet specific criteria for the visa part of the application. View a brief overview of the requirements for both parties.
Your Sponsoring Company Must be
- Australian business that has been operating for more than 12 months;
- Australian start-up business, registered less than 12 months ago;
- Overseas business, looking to set up a branch in Australia.
The visa lasts for up to 4 years for established business operating for more than 12 months and up to a year for start up companies that are newly registered. The current processing time is from 5 working days for approved sponsors and up to 2 months for new sponsors.
Dependent family members can be included on your visa. They will be allowed to work or study during the validity of your visa.
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There are specific requirements that apply to each one of the stages of the application.
The Sponsoring Company Must:
- Be an existing businesses that is financially stable, or if the business is a start up, it must be able to evidence that it will expand and develop in the coming year;
- Meet the training benchmark - proof they invest in training their Australian employees is required. If the business is a start up, they need to evidence that they will comply with the training requirements;
- Propose a salary which is above the minimum required threshold of $ 53 900. In addition to this, the proposed salary needs to be relevant to the local market salary rate for the relevant occupation.
The Applying Employee Must:
- Have an eligible occupation that appears on the Australian skills shortage list;
- must have the relevant qualifications and/or experience required for the position - most occupations require formal qualifications or if you have no official certs 3 to 5 years of relevant experience would normally suffice, depending on the occupation ;
- must be of good health and character.
View our FAQs section for answers to queries our customers have had in the past.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Australian Sponsorship 457 Visa?
What is sponsorship?
How do I know if my Australian employer can sponsor me?
Can I change my career path after I have been sponsored in Australia?
Your position must be consistent with the position description lodged with DIAC (Department of Immigration and Citizenship) at the time of your sponsorship. If your position is to change, we must first seek approval from DIAC by lodging a new position description.
If the new position is outside your initial position description at the time of your sponsorship or you wish to change employer, you will need to lodge a new sponsorship and nomination application.
Am I guaranteed a Sponsorship Visa to Australia?
Are there age restrictions on the Oz sponsorship visa?
Are there nationality restrictions?
Do I need to supply x-rays?
What should be included in my letter of offer?
Your letter of offer/employment contract should include:
- Company business and trading names, ABN and ACN (if available);
- Company contact details (postal address, telephone/ fax numbers, etc.);
- Title of the job position, as well as a description of the occupation to be filled, including skill and qualification requirements and details of the tasks that will be performed in the position;
- Period of employment and working hours (not less than 38 hours per week);
- A salary which meets the requirement of the market salary rate amount that is paid to an equivalent Australian in the sponsor's workplace (Note: The Temporary Income Threshold, is currently set at $49 330 per annum (for 38 working hours week). Base salary is the gross salary paid, excluding any additional payments or allowances such as superannuation, accommodation, bonuses, commissions, shares, meals and vehicles).
What should my CV contain?
Your updated CV should be at least one page and no longer than four. It should include:
- Your full contact details;
- Your education history;
- Your fluency in English, written and spoken;
- Full employment history, including information for each employer/ position:
- Employer's name;
- Position held / name of occupation;
- Date started;
- Date finished;
- Duties, tasks, responsibilities required and performed on this position.
What qualifications / skills or experience are necessary?
To be eligible for this sponsorship visa you must meet the following requirements:
- If you have tertiary qualifications, then a MINIMUM of 1 year experience relevant to the nominated position is required.
- If the tertiary qualification is less than a degree (i.e. diploma or certificate) then the MINIMUM experience required will be at least 2-3 years.
- If there is no tertiary qualification, a MINIMUM of 5 years experience relevant to the nominated position is required. This also depends on ANZSCO as to what is actually required of prospective applicants, according to what ANZSCO deems as the qualification requirement of the position that is nominated. ANZSCO is the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations.
In some instances certain occupations require:
- An Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) certificate or diploma or higher qualification and 12 months relevant employment experience; or
- At least three years relevant employment experience.
All relevant employment experience must be evidenced via references from previous employers.
Do certificates count as qualifications?
How long will it take?
Can I apply for my sponsorship visa while in Australia?
Can a Tourist Visa holder apply for an Oz Sponsorship Visa?
If I’m in Australia on a tourist visa and am granted a sponsorship visa, do I have to leave the country to have the new visa validated overseas?
If I’m on a working holiday visa in Australia, can I apply for sponsorship?
My Working Holiday Visa is about to expire, what happens if my Sponsorship Visa isn't processed before then?
What happens if I have exceeded the six month rule on my Working Holiday Visa and wish to apply for sponsorship?
What happens to my working holiday visa if my application for a Sponsorship Visa is rejected?
Who is considered a dependant?
What work and study rights will my family members have in Australia?
Can I get a refund if I change my mind?
What are my review rights if my application is refused?
What do I need to do once my sponsorship visa is approved?
As I have travel insurance on my WHM Visa do I require health insurance for the Sponsorship Visa?
Can you apply for a permanent residency once you have finished your sponsorship and how likely is it to be accepted?
If I am a student can I apply for a sponsorship visa?
What's the best transport option?
What's my luggage allowance?
How much are flights to Australia?
What are the hostels like?
Can I drive in Australia?
If you have a valid UK drivers license and an International Driving Permit then you are eligible to drive in Australia for up to a year without doing anything else. After this time, you would need to take an Australia driving test. Be aware that it is against the law not to have your license on you while driving.
With petrol and insurance being so cheap, many backpackers buy a car to travel around Australia then sell it on when they leave.
What's the drinking age in Australia?
Can I leave Australia and re enter at a later date?
Can my employer sponsor me to stay longer?
What vaccinations will I need?
How do I pay the application fee?
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