Immigration South Australia

Employers can sponsor skilled migrants for a temporary or a permanent visa depending on their skill needs. 

Employers can bring skilled workers to Australia when they cannot fill a position from the local labour market. Before you consider employer nomination (sponsorship), you should find out whether there are any suitably qualified skilled workers already here in Australia, including temporary migrants on visas with full work rights.

If you have exhausted all options of employing a skilled worker locally and you are considering sponsoring a worker from overseas, there are a number of options. The most suitable employer nomination visa will depend on the skill level of the occupation, the salary level, the length of time you need the skilled worker.

DIBP’s Visa Finder can help you find the right visa, whilst a registered migration agent can also provide advice for your circumstances.

Read detailed information on the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) visa.

 

Other employer nominated visa options through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) are detailed below.

The Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa allows skilled workers to come to Australia and work for an approved business for up to four (4) years. This visa enables employers to sponsor overseas skilled workers when they are unable to find an Australian citizen or permanent resident to fill a skilled position.

Employers must be approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to sponsor overseas workers under this scheme. You will need to check that the occupation you are wanting to nominate has a market rate no less that the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) – currently $53,900. The occupation also has to be listed on the DIBP’s Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL).

Read detailed information about this visa on the DIBP website. Enquiries regarding this visa subclass should be directed to DIBP.

Labour agreements

Employers can sponsor subclass 457 visa holders to work in Australia either by a standard business sponsorship (as detailed above) or through a Labour agreement.

A labour agreement is a formal arrangement negotiated between an employer and the Australian Government. Labour agreements allow overseas workers to be sponsored into occupations when standard temporary or permanent migration arrangements are not appropriate.  An agreement will only be considered when a genuine occupation shortage exists and there are no suitably qualified Australians citizens or permanent residents available to fill the positions.

Read detailed information about this visa on the DIBP website. Enquiries regarding this visa subclass should be directed to DIBP.

The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) enables employers to sponsor skilled workers to fill skilled vacancies. Employers can employ skilled workers from overseas or temporary residents who are living and working in Australia.

The Employer Nomination Scheme visa gives an overseas skilled worker permanent residence in Australia.

Read detailed information about this visa on the DIBP website. Enquiries regarding this visa subclass should be directed to DIBP.

This Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa allows travel to Australia to:

  • Do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work
  • Participate in non-ongoing cultural or social activities at the invitation of an Australian organisation
  • participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interests.

Generally the stay period allowed is up to three months but up to six months may be considered in limited circumstances.

Read detailed information about this visa on the DIBP website. Enquiries regarding this visa subclass should be directed to DIBP.

The Training and Research visa is for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to undertake occupational training, conduct or observe research as a visiting academic or participate in a professional development program.

Read detailed information about this visa on the DIBP website. Enquiries regarding this visa subclass should be directed to DIBP.

The Seasonal Worker Program allows employers, who are approved as Special Program Sponsors, to sponsor people from eligible countries to work in low skilled jobs for between fourteen weeks and six months annually.

Read detailed information about this visa on the DIBP website. Enquiries regarding this visa subclass should be directed to DIBP.