Employer Sponsorship subclass 457 visa
Selecting the right Australian working visa can be time-consuming and difficult. To help determine the right visa for you;
The 457 Visa is one of the most popular Australian working visas and has a strict application process, which is only available to specific migration candidates.
If you would like to take the opportunity to live and work in Australia for as long as you can, you should consider applying for the Employer Sponsored 457 Visa. The Temporary Business (Long Stay) Visa – Standard Business Sponsorship (Subclass 457 Visa) is a visa for Australian employers to sponsor skilled migrants to work in Australia.
This visa involves a three stage process. First the employer will need to be approved as a sponsor. Second, the visa applicant must be nominated and be approved for the position. Then the visa is granted.
The visa holders are required to remain with the sponsoring employer in the nominated position unless a new sponsorship is sought. This visa may provide a platform for the visa holder to apply for permanent residency.
Subclass 457 – Business (Long Stay) visa – Standard Business Sponsorship
With this visa you can:
- Work in Australia for a period of between one day and four years
- Bring any eligible secondary applicants with you to Australia – secondary applicants can work and study
- After entering Australia, there is no limit on the number of times you travel in and out of Australia
As an employee, you must meet all the following requirements:
- Be sponsored by an employer to fill a nominated position
- Have skills, qualifications, experience and an employment background which match those required for the position
- Demonstrated English language proficiency
- Be eligible for any relevant licences or registration required for the nominated position
- You can apply for this visa while you are in Australia, only if the last visa you held is not a Transit visa (Subclass 771) or a Special Purpose visa
The application is dependent on the sponsor, the position and the employee meeting eligibility criteria. Secondary applicants can be included in the application, however the employer must undertake the same obligations. The applicant can be either onshore or offshore when the application is lodged and/or granted but this depends on if the employer is Australian or based offshore. If the applicant was onshore when the visa application was made, generally they have review rights; otherwise there are no review rights for the applicant. The employer, however, has review rights irrelevant of whether the visa was lodged onshore or offshore.
From 14 September 2009, all primary Subclass 457 visa applicants who are sponsored by a Standard Business Sponsor must demonstrate that they have English language proficiency that is equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test score of at least 5 in each of the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening. Prior to 14 September 2009, applicants required an average test score of at least 5 across the four test components.
Where the nominated occupation requires a higher level of English (equivalent to IELTS test score of more than 5 in each of the four test components) because it forms part of that occupation’s registration, licensing or membership requirement, the visa applicant must have at least the standard of English language proficiency required for the grant of that registration, licence or membership.
Australia requires 457 visa applicants to have the skills required for their nominated positions. Where necessary for safety or to prevent fraud, Australia will undertake more extensive skills assessments to confirm skills claimed by applicants.
Australia requires formal skills assessments of some trade occupations. This arrangement commenced on 1 July 2009 and will be extended as capacities are increased.
Contact Morgan Jensen Migration for more information about determining your suitability for the the 457 Visa.