Once you have ensured that you meet the Department of Home Affairs criteria and are eligible to nominate a skilled migrant, you will need to prepare and supply a range of documentation to complete your application for Regional Certifying Body (RCB) Advice.
- Ensure you fulfil all visa requirements outlined by the Department of Home Affairs.
- You must be a standard business sponsor or have applied to be a standard business sponsor at the time of application.
- Prepare all information and documentation required by Skilled & Business Migration before you apply. Please see the RCB Advice Checklist for full details.
Once you have ensured you meet all the criteria, and prepared all documentation required for your application:
- Submit an RCB advice application via the Skilled & Business Migration Portal. Ensure that you (the employer) meet the requirements for RCB advice applications and that you have all the documentation to complete Skilled & Business Migration’s online application.
- Lodge an employer nomination application with the Department of Home Affairs. NOTE: It is your decision whether you apply for RCB advice before or after lodging an employer nomination application with the Department of Home Affairs. It is Department of Home Affairs policy that the RCB advice must have been issued within the last three months.
- If the Department of Home Affairs approves the employer nomination, the employee will then need to lodge a subclass 494 visa application with the Department of Home Affairs. For more details on this process, please see the Department of Home Affairs website.
- You will receive a copy of the RCB advice (Form 1404) to provide to the Department of Home Affairs with your SESR nomination application.
- For not satisfied applications, you will receive the RCB advice (Form 1404) with a summary of the reasons for the negative assessment advice. A not satisfied RCB outcome does not prevent you from lodging an employer nomination application with Department of Home Affairs and you can provide additional information to Home Affairs. Department of Home Affairs will consider both the RCB advice provided and the information supplied in the employer’s SESR nomination application.
- RCB advice is valid for three months from the date the advice is issued.
- Please note: The ‘paying for visa sponsorship’ framework introduces new laws that allow the Department of Home Affairs to take action in instances where this conduct is identified or suspected. On 14 December 2015 new criminal and civil penalties and visa cancellation provisions were introduced as part of the framework. This allows for sanctions to be imposed on a person who asks for, receives, offers or provides a benefit in return for a visa sponsorship or employment that requires visa sponsorship (otherwise known as a 'sponsorship-related event').