Employment Visas 

Temporary Work (short stay) visa (subclass 400):

This visa allows the holder to enter Australia and stay for shore period of time, usually three months, during which the holder may engage in a highly specialised, non-ongoing work; or participate in an event or events on a non-ongoing basis at the invitation of an Australian organisation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Read more... 

Temporary Work (long stay) visa (subclass 401):

This visa allows you to come to Australia on a temporary basis, up to two years, to:

  • work in a skilled position under a staff exchange arrangement (the Exchange stream)

  • participate in high-level sports competitions (the Sport stream)

  • do full-time religious work (the Religious Worker stream)

  • do full-time domestic work in the household of certain senior foreign executives (the Domestic Worker (Executive) stream).

 

Visa Requirements:

There are common requirements that need to be satisfied by each applicant to this visa and other requirements specific to the stream under which the visa application is lodged.

 

General Requirements 

You might be able to get this visa if:

  • you are sponsored and nominated by an approved sponsor for this visa

  • you have adequate financial support for you and your family while you are in Australia 

  • you have adequate arrangements for health insurance while you are in Australia

  • you meet health and character requirements

  • you meet the requirements of the stream in which you are applying for this visa

  • you genuinely intend to remain temporarily in Australia to do the work or activity specified in the nomination.

Financial support

While you are in Australia, you must be able to support yourself and any eligible family members who come with you. You might be asked to provide evidence of funds, such as an employment contract, bank statements or a letter from your financial institution stating your financial position. Allowances, accommodation and other assistance from your employer can also be considered when looking at your ability to support yourself.

Health insurance

You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. You will not be covered by Australia's national health scheme (Medicare) unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia. 

You must make adequate arrangements in Australia for health insurance, for the period of your intended stay in Australia, unless you are covered by Medicare. You should ensure that your insurance will provide at least the level of coverage required for the purpose of your stay. Your health insurer could be in either Australia or your home country. 

 

Exchange stream requirements:

You might be eligible for this visa in the Exchange stream if:

  • you are sponsored by an approved long stay activity sponsor (who has a staff exchange agreement in place with an overseas organisation) or an approved exchange sponsor

  • you have been nominated by an approved long stay activity sponsor who is a party to an exchange agreement or an approved exchange sponsor to fill a skilled position

  • you have the necessary skills and/or experience for the nominated skilled position

  • the exchange benefits both you and the Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident who will be working in the reciprocating organisation overseas

  • the staff exchange arrangement between your sponsor and the overseas organisation is still in place.

 

Sport stream requirements:

You might be eligible for this visa in the Sport stream if:

  • you are sponsored by a sporting organisation that has been approved as a long stay activity sponsor or a sport sponsor

  • you are nominated to: 

    • participate in a specific event or series of events as an individual, as part of a team or as a team’s support staff (support staff includes people assisting a competitor, a team, or an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is known internationally and who has a record of participation in international events)

    • play, coach or instruct for a sporting club for a season (you must have a contract and an established reputation in your field of sport)

    • judge or adjudicate a sporting competition or show.

If the nominated activity requires a formal agreement to be in place between you and your sponsor, the agreement must still be in place.

 

The requirements for the Sport stream depend on the sporting activity:

  • competitors 

    • you must be registered in a sporting event

  • contracted players, coaches or instructors

    • there must be a contractual arrangement in place 

    • you must have an established reputation in your field of sport

    • the Australian national sporting body must provide a letter of endorsement stating that you:

      1. have the ability to play, coach or instruct at the Australian national level

      2. will benefit the sport in Australia through your participation in that sport.

  • judges or adjudicators 

    • you must have a written invitation identifying the events

  • support staff 

    • there must be a contractual arrangement in place between you and a competitor or sporting team.

Note: If you are granted a sport stream visa (subclass 401), your visa will generally cover the length of the sporting season. You are expected to return home during the off season.

 

Religious Worker stream requirements:

You might be eligible for a visa in the Religious Worker stream if you:

  • are sponsored by a religious institution that is an approved long stay activity or a religious worker sponsor

  • are nominated to do full-time religious work that directly serves the religious objectives of the religious institution (religious work includes providing spiritual leadership, conducting worship, teaching or guidance on religion, ministering in pastoral care or proselytising, and other high-level specialist work in relation to these areas)

  • have the relevant qualifications and/or experience.

This stream is not intended for people who want to simply work for a religious institution. It must be for work that specifically requires a religious worker and not merely a religious adherent.

 

Domestic Worker (Executive) stream requirements:

You might be eligible for this visa in the Domestic Worker (Executive) stream if:

  • you are sponsored by an approved long stay activity sponsor who is either: 

    • a foreign government agency that is the employer of the holder of a Subclass 403 (Temporary Work (International Relations)) visa in the Privileges and Immunities stream who is the national managing director, deputy national managing director or state manager of an Australian office of the agency

    • a foreign organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia and is the employer of the holder of a Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) visa who is the national managing director, deputy national managing director or state manager of an Australian office of the organisation.

  • you are nominated to do full-time domestic work in the private household of the identified subclass 457 or 403 visa holder

  • you are over 18 years of age

  • you have experience working as a domestic worker

  • the long stay activity sponsor has been unable to find a suitable person in Australia for the nominated position (labour market testing is required unless there are compelling reasons for employing you)

  • you are employed in accordance with the standards for wages and working conditions under relevant Australian legislation and awards.

If you apply for this visa in Australia, the last visa you held cannot have been a Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) in the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) stream or a Domestic Worker (Temporary) – Diplomatic and Consular visa (subclass 426).

 

Your rights under this visa:

This visa allows you to:

  • stay in Australia for the period of the nominated position, with a maximum stay of two years

  • do the work or activity specified in your nomination

  • bring eligible family members with you to Australia 

  • enter and leave Australia as many times as you want while your visa is valid

Temporary residents are generally not able to extend their stay in Australia beyond four years by applying for this visa.

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

 

This visa has three streams:

  • Occupational Trainee stream: for people who need structured workplace-based training to enhance their skills in their current occupation, area of tertiary study, or field of expertise.

  • Professional Development stream: for professionals, managers or government officials invited to participate in a professional development training program in Australia. The program must have been arranged by an employer outside Australia and usually lasts up to 18 months.

  • Research stream: for professional academics invited to visit Australia to observe or participate in an Australian research project at an Australian tertiary or research institution.

 

Visa Requirements:

There are common requirements that need to be satisfied by each applicant and other requirements specific to the stream under which the visa application is lodged.

 

General Requirements:

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • are sponsored by one of the following:

    • a training and research sponsor who has lodged their sponsorship application or had it approved

    • an approved professional development sponsor

    • an approved visiting academic sponsor or occupational trainee sponsor (for sponsorship applications lodged before 24 November 2012)

  • meet the requirements of the visa for the stream in which you are applying

  • have a genuine intention to stay temporarily in Australia

  • have adequate financial support for yourself and accompanying family members while in Australia

  • have adequate arrangements for health insurance while in Australia

  • meet health and character requirements.

  • are at least 18 years of age (except in limited circumstances).

 

Financial support:

You may be asked to provide evidence that you can financially support yourself and your accompanying family members while in Australia.

Health insurance:

You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. You will not be covered by Australia's national health scheme (Medicare) unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia.

You must have adequate health insurance unless you are covered by Medicare. You should ensure that your insurance will provide at least the level of coverage required for the purpose of your stay. Your health insurer could be in either Australia or your home country.

 

Occupational Trainee stream requirements:

To be granted this visa in the Occupational Trainee stream, you must intend to participate in occupational training for which:

  • you were identified in an approved nomination by an Australian organisation (other than a Commonwealth agency)

  • you were invited (if the training is being provided by a Commonwealth agency).

The training:

The occupational training must be for at least 30 hours a week, of which at least 70 per cent is in the workplace, including:

  • training or practical experience in the workplace required for you to obtain registration for employment in your occupation in Australia or in your home country

  • a structured workplace-based training program to enhance your existing skills in an eligible occupation listed in the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL)

  • a structured workplace-based training program to enhance your skills and promote capacity building outside Australia.

 

You must have the English language skills you need for the training program and be able to meet occupational health and safety standards.

 

Payment:

If this is not a volunteer position, you must be paid a salary or wages in accordance with Australian laws and practices. If there is no award covering the position, you must receive at least the minimum federal award rate.

 

When a student can apply for this visa:

If you hold a Student visa in Australia or the last substantive visa you held was a Student visa, you might be able to apply for this visa if you intend to do workplace-based training closely related to your principal course.

 

You must also be able to show one of the following:

  • you have completed the principal course at the diploma level or higher and you would complete the occupational training within 12 months, or

  • you have completed the principal course and you must complete a period of practical employment to obtain registration in a profession as a prerequisite for the practice of this occupation.

 

Professional Development stream requirements:

To be granted this visa in the Professional Development stream, you must apply under one of the following arrangements (you will need a letter of offer):

  • you are employed by an eligible registered business

  • you are invited or employed by a foreign government agency, including provincial, territory or state governments of foreign countries

  • you are invited or employed by an international multilateral organisation.

 

You must:

  • be sponsored by an approved professional development sponsor who is already party to a professional development agreement

  • have managerial or other professional skills relevant to the professional development program (your current manager must write a letter on company letterhead detailing your current position and duties)

  • have the level of English language proficiency needed for the professional development program

  • have a genuine intention to complete the professional development program

  • be able to pay any costs you are liable to pay under the professional development agreement.

 

Your sponsor must write a letter to support your claims about your professional or managerial skills and your English language proficiency.

 

Research stream requirements:

To be granted this visa in the Research stream, you must have been invited to observe or participate in an Australian research project, usually for a period of up to 12 months:

  • at the sponsoring Australian tertiary or research institution

  • in collaboration with other academics employed by the sponsoring Australian tertiary or research institution.

 

You must:

  • be employed or have been employed as an academic at a tertiary or research institution and hold or have held a senior academic title

  • have the qualifications and experience required for the position

  • have a significant record of achievement in your field

  • not be paid for your participation, other than a contribution towards living and travel expenses.

 

Your invitation:

If you are currently working, you will need a statement from your home institution confirming the invitation to visit an Australian tertiary or research institution and stating that you have leave from your usual academic appointment.

 

You will need a letter of invitation from the sponsoring Australian tertiary or research institution: 

  • written by the person with overall administrative authority in the institution (such as the registrar, chief executive officer or equivalent central administrative authority)

  • showing an agreement to be your approved sponsor, and to sponsor any dependent family members who come with you

  • details of the Australian research project and how your skills/knowledge will benefit the project

  • the period of the invitation, the details of the position and any proposed payments.

 

Your rights under this visa:

This visa allows you to:

  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want until you have finished participating in the program or your visa expires, whichever occurs first.

  • do the training or activity specified in your visa application

  • stay in Australia for the duration of the training, research position or program

  • enter Australia at any time after your visa is granted, if you are outside Australia at the time of visa grant

 
 
Training and Research visa (subclass 402):
 
Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403):

The Temporary Work (International Relations) visa allows you to come to Australia under one of four streams:

 

  • Government Agreement stream: to come to Australia under the terms and conditions of a bilateral agreement between the Australian Government or an Australian state or territory government and the government of another country

  • Foreign Government Agency stream: for a representative of a foreign government who will not be given official status in Australia by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), or a person who is to be employed as a foreign language teacher by a foreign government in an Australian school 

  • Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) stream: to do domestic work in the household of someone who holds a Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995)

  • Privileges and Immunities stream: for a person with privileges and immunities under the International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963 or the Overseas Missions (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1995.

 

Visa Reqruirements:

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • have a genuine intention to stay temporarily in Australia 

  • have adequate financial support for you and your family while you are in Australia 

  • have adequate arrangements for health insurance for you and your family while you are in Australia

  • meet health and character requirements

  • meet the requirements of the stream in which you are applying for the visa

  • if you are in Australia when you apply for the visa, you must hold a qualifying visa.

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Financial support:

Evidence of your financial capacity to support yourself and your family while you are in Australia, such as: 

  • bank statements

  • a letter from your financial institution stating your financial position

  • employment contracts

  • documents showing allowances, accommodation and stipends from your sponsor while you are in Australia.

 

Health insurance:

You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. You will not be covered by Australia's national health scheme (Medicare) unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreementwith Australia. 

 

You must have adequate health insurance unless you are covered by Medicare. You should ensure that your insurance will provide at least the level of coverage required for the purpose of your stay. Your health insurer could be in either Australia or your home country. 

 

Government Agreement stream requirements:

To apply for this visa in the Government Agreement stream, you must: 

  • be engaged in Australia under a bilateral agreement between Australia and another country

  • provide evidence that you meet the terms and conditions of the agreement and that your stay in Australia has the support of both the Australian signatory and the foreign signatory to the agreement

  • provide evidence that the Australian signatory is satisfied that you will be employed or engaged in accordance with Australian labour laws and practices, unless that requirement is stated in the agreement 

  • comply with all necessary licensing or registration requirements associated with your employment or engagement

  • have evidence from either the Australian or the foreign signatory indicating how long the position lasts.

 

If the foreign signatory is not the national government of the relevant foreign country, you could be asked to provide evidence that the national government of that country does not oppose your stay in Australia.

 

If family members are coming to Australia with you, the bilateral agreement must allow them to enter Australia, the Australian signatory must agree to their stay in Australia, and your family members must meet the requirements of any terms and conditions of the relevant agreement that apply to them.

 

We might ask you for a copy of the government agreement after you apply. The agreement must be written in English.

 

Foreign Government Agency stream requirements:

To apply for this visa in the Foreign Government Agency stream, you must be either:

  • a representative of a foreign government agency who will not be given official status in Australia by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and have a letter of support from your government ministry or agency naming you as a foreign government agency representative

  • a foreign language teacher who will be employed by a foreign government in an Australian school, have a letter of support from your government ministry or agency naming you as a foreign language teacher, and have a letter of support from the Australian school.

 

You must provide a statement as evidence that your employment in Australia will benefit Australia (the statement can be part of the statement of support from your government ministry or agency).

Letter of support

 

If you are applying as a foreign government employee, you must provide a letter of support from your government ministry or agency detailing support for your visa application. If you are applying in Australia, the letter can be provided by your embassy or consulate in Australia.

 

The letter of support must confirm:

  • the job title and or duties you will undertake in Australia

  • support for your visa application

  • your period of stay

  • that you will be representing your government or agency.

 

If you are applying as a foreign language teacher, you must provide:

  • a statement from the Australian school or educational authority supporting your intention to work in an Australian school

  • a letter from your government's foreign ministry or relevant government agency supporting your intention to work as an employee of that government in Australia (if you are applying in Australia, the statement can be provided by your embassy or consulate in Australia).

 

Benefit to Australia: 

You must provide a statement as evidence that your employment in Australia will benefit Australia. The statement can be part of the statement of support from your government ministry or agency. It must include reasons why it is necessary to employ you. It must also establish that your employment will not disadvantage Australian residents and will contribute to at least one of the following:

  • the expansion of local business and export activity

  • the generation of employment

  • the promotion and maintenance of good international trade relations

  • the introduction and transfer of new skills and technology

  • improved employment and training opportunities for Australians.

 

Domestic Worker stream requirements:

To apply for this visa in the Domestic Worker stream, you must:

  • have turned 18 years of age, if you are applying from outside of Australia 

  • intend to perform full-time domestic duties exclusively in the household of an eligible holder of a Diplomatic visa (subclass 995) in Australia 

  • have an employment contract in accordance with Australian workplace conditions, as well as applicable state and territory legislation

  • undergo an interview with the Department

  • have the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

 

Privileges and Immunities stream requirements:

To apply for this visa in the Privileges and Immunities stream, you must:

  • be a person to whom privileges and immunities will be accorded under the International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963 or the Overseas Missions (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1995 

  • have a letter of support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) recommending that you should be granted the visa.

 

Your rights under this visa:

This visa allows you to:

  • enter Australia temporarily

  • do the work or activity specified in your visa application

  • enter and leave Australia while your visa is valid.

 
Special Program visa (subclass 416):
 

The Special Program visa (subclass 416) is a temporary visa that allows you to participate in an approved special programme that provides opportunities for youth exchange, cultural enrichment or community benefit, a school programme (school language assistants or school to school interchange programme) or seasonal workers from specific countries.

 

This visa is intended to enhance international relations and cultural exchange by allowing people to share cultural and social experiences and knowledge in the Australian community through participation in 'activity specific' programs. The cultural exchange should be the primary purpose of the program and any study, work-based training or employment allowed should be incidental to the programme.  

 

This visa involves a two stage process:

  1. Sponsorship - an Australian organisation or government agency applies to become a special programme sponsor. If participating in either a program for youth exchange or cultural enrichment/ community benefit the programme must be approved. 

  2. Visa - you apply for a Special Program visa (subclass 416). You must be invited by an approved special programme sponsor.

 

Visa requirements:

You might be able to get this visa if:​

  • you have been invited to participate in an approved special programme

  • you meet health and character requirements

  • you have health insurance for the entire period you are in Australia.

Approved special programme:

You can apply for this visa if an approved special programme sponsor invites you to participate in:

  • ​an approved youth exchange programme 

  • an approved cultural enrichment or community benefits programme 

  • a School to School Interchange Programme 

  • a School Language Assistant Programme. 

Age requirements:

  • For cultural enrichment or community benefits programmes, you must be at least 18 years old.

  • For youth exchange programmes and the School Language Assistants Programme, you must be aged between 18 and 30 years.

  • For the School to School Interchange Programme, you must be aged between 17 and 25 years.

  • For seasonal work programme you must be at least 21 years of age to participate in the programme.

 

 Only citizen of and resident in the following countries can apply under the Seasonal Work Programme:

Timor-Leste, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu or Vanuatu

 

Your rights under this visa:

This visa allows you to:

  • stay in Australia while your visa is valid (generally, you can stay for up to 12 months, depending on the programme that you have been invited to participate in)

  • take part in an approved special programme

  • work or study in Australia, if work or study is part of the approved programme 

  • bring eligible family members with you ( applicants under seasonal work programme cannot bring family members)

Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (subclass 420):
 

A Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (subclass 420) allows you to work in Australia in the entertainment industry. You can work in film, television or live productions in either a performance or behind-the-scenes role, such as directing, producing and other production roles.

 

This visa involves a three stage process:

  • Sponsorship - an Australian organisation, government agency, foreign government agency or eligible individual applies to become an Entertainment sponsor

  • Nomination - the Entertainment sponsor nominates you to undertake a position

  • Visa - you apply for a Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (subclass 420).

 

Visa Requirements: 

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • work in the entertainment industry

  • are nominated by an approved entertainment sponsor (or by someone who has applied to be an entertainment sponsor)

  • have the experience or skills needed for the nominated position

  • have enough financial support for yourself and your family while you are in Australia 

  • have health insurance for yourself and your family members who come with you

  • meet health and character requirements. 

 

For this visa you must be sponsored and nominated for a specific position by an entertainment sponsor who is either:

  • an Australian organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia

  • a government agency

  • a foreign government agency

  • an eligible individual.

 

Your rights under this visa:

This visa allows you to work in the entertainment industry:

  • as a performer in a theatre, film, television or radio production, or a concert or recording 

  • to support an entertainer or group of entertainers in relation to a performing contract 

  • to work in a production role other than as a performer in a theatre, film, television or radio production, or a concert or recording, to be performed or shown in Australia (for example, directing or producing) 

  • to make a documentary or a commercial. 

 

You can:

  • stay in Australia for the period of the nominated position, with a maximum stay of two years

  • do the work or activity specified in your nomination

  • bring eligible family members with you to Australia

  • enter and leave Australia as many times as you want while your visa is valid.

Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457):
 

The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) allows skilled workers to come to Aust​ralia and work for an approved business for up to four years. Is is the most commonly used visa by Australian busnienss and ogranazations to sponsore overease highly skilled workers to fill vacancies where no suitable local candidates could be found.

This visa involves a three stage process:

  • Sponoreship: An Australian business or organisation applies to become an approved sponsor  

  • Nomination: The sponsor nominates the visa applicant 

  • Visa application: The skilled worker applies for a visa 

 

Sponsorship Requirements: 

To become a sponsor, you must be able to show that your business:

  • is a lawfully operating business

  • meets training requirements (Australian businesses only)

  • agrees to the number of subclass 457 workers to be nominated 

  • have no relevant adverse information against your business.

Australian businesses must also demonstrate their commitment to employing local labour as well as non-discriminatory recruitment practices.

 

There are two ways you can become an approved sponsor; by applying to become a standard business sponsor or by negotiating a labour agreement. Due to the compexity of labour agreement requirements only information related to standerad business sponsorship is provided bellow. Please contact us if more information is needed. 

 

Apply to be a standard business sponsor:

 

The standard business sponsorship arrangement is the most common way to sponsor a skilled worker using the subclass 457 visa program. Organisations must lodge an application to become a standard business sponsor. Once the application is approved, the starndard business sponsorship is usually valid for five years.

The requirements for approval as a standard business sponsor differ for businesses that are outside and in Australia.

Business in Australia:

You must attest that you have a strong record of, or a demonstrated commitment to employing local labour.

You must also declare that you have a strong record of, or demonstrated commitment to non-discriminatory employment practices. Make the attestation and the declaration about your workplace record in your sponsorship application form. 

You must also meet training requirements. This means you must either:

  • meet the training benchmarks if you have traded in Australia for 12 months or more

  • have an auditable plan to meet the training benchmarks if you have been trading in Australia for less than 12 months.

Business outside Australia:

You must be seeking to employ a skilled worker to either: 

  • establish, or help establish, a business operation in Australia

  • fulfil obligations for a contract in Australia.

If your business does not yet have an operating base in Australia, you are not required to satisfy the training requirement.

 

Nomination Requirements:

Nomination is the process of identifying a position to be filled by a skilled worker from outside Australia in an approved business. Nomination is required for both standard business sponsors and parties to a labour agreement.

The nomination process identifies:

  • the occupation is relevant to the position to be filled 

  • the skills and experience required for the position 

  • the market salary rate for the position and the salary rate to be paid to the prospective overseas employee 

  • the name of the prospective overseas employee 

  • where the employee will be working.

 

Visa Requirements:

To apply you must:

  • be nominated to work in an approved occupation on the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL)

  • meet the skill requirements for the nominated occupation

  • meet registration and licensing obligations

  • speak vocational English

  • have been nominated by an approved business

 

Approved occupations:

You must work in a skilled occupation that has been approved by the Australian Government. The list of eligible occupations is available on the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL).

 

Skill requirements:

You need to show that you have the skills and experience necessary to work in the nominated occupation. you might need to do a skills assessment.

 

Registration and licensing:

If requested by your visa processing case officer, you must provide evidence from the relevant Australian registration or licensing authority that you hold, or will be able to meet, the registration or licensing requirements to work in your nominated occupation.

 

English language proficiency and Required test scores:

Most primary applicants who are sponsored by a standard business sponsor must demonstrate that their level of English proficiency is equivalent to one of the following scores:

  • an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall test score of at least 5.0 with a score of at least 4.5 in each of the four test components

  • an Occupational English Test (OET) score of at least ‘B’ in each of the four components

  • a Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) total score of at least 36 with a score of at least 3 for each of the test components of listening and reading, and a score of at least 12 for each of the test components of writing and speaking 

  • a Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic overall test score of at least 36 with a score of at least 30 in each of the four test components

  • a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) overall test score of at least 154 with a score of at least 147 in each of the four test components.

If you are sponsored by a party to a labour agreement, you must meet the English language ability specified in the agreement.

 

English for registration, licensing or membership:

A higher level of English might be required for certain occupations where it is a requirement for registration, licensing or membership in Australia. You can find out if your occupation requires a higher level of English by contacting the registration authority for your nominated occupation.

If you are required to hold a licence, registration or membership to perform your nominated occupation then you must have English language proficiency of at least the standard required to be granted that licence, registration or membership.

This can result in the English language requirement being higher than the test scores detailed above, depending on the requirements of the licence, registration or membership.

 

Exemptions from English language proficiency: 

If your prospective employer is a standard business sponsor, you must meet the English language requirement for visa grant unless you fall into one of the following categories of exempted persons:

  • your nominated occupation does not need a level of English language proficiency for grant of registration, licence or membership, and:

  • you are a passport holder from Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America; or

  • you have completed at least five years of full-time study in a secondary or higher education institution where instruction was conducted in English.

  • you are to be paid a salary that is more than the English language requirement exempt amount. This salary is the minimum required to be paid for the duration of the visa.

 

Your rights under this visa:

This visa allows you to:

  • work in Australia for up to four years

  • bring your family to work or study in Australia

  • travel in and out of Australia as ​often as you want.

  • this visa can be a pathway to permanent resident visa subclass 186 or 187 if you meet the eligibilty requirements.

Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

 

This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers. It allows you to work in Australia under one of three streams:

  • The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer (who has lodged a valid nomination with the DIBP under the Temporary Residence Transition stream), who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.

  • The Direct Entry stream is for: 

    • people who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream

    • people who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia, or

    • temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream

  • The Agreement stream is for people sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.

 

Visa Requirements:

 

General Requirements: 

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • have been nominated by an approved Australian employer within the six months before you apply

  • are under the age of 50 at the time of application, unless you are exempt

  • have the required skills and qualifications for the position (at time of application lodgement you must have the required skills and qualifications for the position you have been nominated for – you must hold any mandatory registration, license or professional membership, or you must already be fully assessed as suitable by the relevant body)

  • have appropriate English language skills (at the time of application lodgement), unless you are exempt

  • meet health and character requirements

  • meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply.

 

Age requirements:

Even if you are older than 50 years of age, you can still apply for this visa if you:

  • are nominated as a senior academic (University Lecturer or Faculty Head) by a university in Australia

  • are nominated as a scientist, researcher or technical (scientific) specialist at ANZSCO skill level 1 or 2 by an Australian government scientific agency

  • are a medical practitioner who has been working in your nominated occupation as the holder of a subclass 422 or subclass 457 visa for at least four years immediately before applying and at least two years of that employment was located in regional Australia and the nominated position is located in regional Australia.

  • are a medical practitioner who has been working in your nominated occupation as the holder of a subclass 422 visa before becoming the holder of a subclass 457 visa for two years in the four years immediately before applying and at least two years of that employment was located in regional Australia and the nominated position is located in regional Australia. 

  • are applying through the Direct Entry stream and you hold a Subclass 444 (New Zealand citizen) or Subclass 461 (New Zealand citizen's family member) visa and you have been working for the employer who nominated you for at least two years in the last three years immediately before making the application

  • are applying through the Temporary Residence Transition stream, and you have been working for your nominating employer as the holder of a Subclass 457 visa for at least four years immediately before applying, and that employer paid you at least as much as the Fair Work High Income Threshold in each of the four years 

  • are applying through the Agreement stream and the relevant labour agreement allows for a person who has turned 50 to be employed. 

 

English language requirements:

You can show that your English is adequate by providing the following evidence at the time of application:

  • achieving the required minimum test scores in a specified English language test either for the Temporary Residence Transition stream or the Direct Entry stream that has been conducted within three years immediately prior to the date of application lodgement 

  • holding a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland and evidence you are a citizen of that country.

 

You might not need to show adequate English language skills if you:

  • have nominated earnings at least equivalent to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax rate (currently AUD 180 001), however if you are not able to demonstrate that you have functional English, you will be required to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge

  • are applying through the Temporary Residence Transition stream and:

    • you have completed at least five years of full-time study in a secondary or higher education institution

    • all of the tuition was delivered in English.

Requirements for Temporary Residence Transition stream:

You might be able to get this visa under the Temporary Residence Transition stream if you:

  • hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa ​​(subclass 457)

  • have at least vocational English (unless you are exempt from this requirement)

  • worked for two years in the same position your employer nominated you for while you held your subclass 457 visa as the primary visa holder, your employer has nominated you for a permanent position under this stream, and the nomination has been approved.

 

Your skills do not need to be assessed because you have already worked for your nominating employer for two years in Australia.

 

Requirements for Direct Entry stream:

You might be able to get this visa under the Direct Entry stream if one of the following apply:

  • you have been nominated for a position under this stream and that nomination has been approved

  • you have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia

  • you hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) but do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream

  • you are applying directly from outside Australia.

At time of application lodgement, you must provide evidence with your online application that you:

  • have at least competent English (unless you are exempt from this requirement)

  • have at least three years of relevant work experience

  • have a positive valid skills assessment in your nominated occupation (the skill assessment must be conducted by the relevant assessing authority listed in the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). Skills assessments obtained for a Subclass 485 visa will not be accepted as these types of skills assessments are not considered full skills assessments for permanent skilled migration purposes. A skills assessment is only valid until the expiry date specified on the assessment, or for a period of three years from the assessment's date of issue, whichever occurs first.

 

You might not have to meet the skill assessment and work experience requirements if you:

  • were nominated as an academic by a university in Australia

  • were nominated as a scientist, researcher or technical specialist at ANZSCO skill level 1 or 2 by an Australian government scientific agency

  • have nominated earnings at least equivalent to the Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax rate (currently AUD180 001)

  • are in Australia as the holder of a Special Cate​​​gory visa (subclass 444) or New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa (subclass 461) and have worked with your nominating employer in your nominated occupation for the past two years (not including any period of unpaid leave) in the three years before you apply for this visa.

 

Requirements for Agreement stream:

You might be able to get this visa under the Agreement stream if you are being sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement. Your employer can advise you if such an agreement is in place for your industry or occupation.

You must meet the age, skills and English language requirements stated in the agreement.​

 

Your rights under this visa:

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely

  • work and study in Australia

  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)

  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

 
Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187):

This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia. It allows you to work in Australia under one of three streams:

  • The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years, while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer (who has lodged a valid nomination with us under the Temporary Residence Transition stream), who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.

  • The Direct Entry stream is for: 

    • People who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream

    • people who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia 

    • temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream; or 

  • The Agreement stream is for people nominated by an employer through a labour agreement

 

Visa Requirements: 

 

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • have been nominated by an approved Australian employer in regional Australia (outside of the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne) within six months before you apply

  • are under the age of 50 at time of application lodgement, unless you are exempt

  • at time of application lodgement, have the required skills and qualifications for the position you have been nominated for – you must hold any mandatory registration, license or professional membership, or you must already be fully assessed as suitable by the relevant body

  • at time of application lodgement, have appropriate English language skills for Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream and Direct Entry (DE) stream unless you are exempt

  • meet health and character requirements

  • meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply.

 

Age requirements:

If you are older than 50 years of age, you can still apply for this visa if you:

  • are nominated as a senior academic by a university in Australia

  • are nominated as a scientist, researcher or technical (scientific) specialist at ANZSCO skill level 1 or 2 by an Australian government scientific agency

  • are a medical practitioner (ANZSCO Minor Group 253) who has been working in your nominated occupation as the holder of a Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) or Medical Practitioner (subclass 422) visa for at least four years immediately before applying, and the nominated position is located in regional Australia

  • are a medical practitioner who has been working in your nominated occupation as the holder of a Subclass 422 visa before becoming the holder of a Subclass 457 visa for at least two years of the four years immediately before applying, and the nominated position is in regional Australia

  • are applying through the Direct Entry stream and you hold a Subclass 444 (New Zealand citizen) or Subclass 461 (New Zealand citizen's family member) visa and you have been working for the employer who nominated you for at least two years in the last three years immediately before applying

  • are applying through the Temporary Residence Transition stream, and you have been working for your nominating employer as the holder of a Subclass 457 visa for at least four years immediately before applying and that employer paid you at least as much as the Fair Work High Income Threshold in each of the four years.

  • are applying through the Agreement stream and the relevant labour agreement allows for a person who has turned 50 to be employed.

 

English language requirements:

You can show that your English is adequate by providing the following evidence at the time of application:

  • achieving the minimum English language test score either for the Temporary Residence Transition stream or the Direct Entry stream you are applying for in a test that has been conducted within three years immediately before lodgement of your application

  • holding a valid passport  issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland and evidence that you are a citizen of that country.

 

You might not need to show adequate English skills if you:

  • have nominated earnings at least equivalent to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax (currently AUD180 001), however if you are not able to demonstrate that you have functional English, you will be required to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge. 

  • are applying through the Temporary Residence Transition stream and:

    • have completed at least five years of full-time study in a secondary or higher education institution

    • all of the tuition was delivered in English.

 

Requirements for Temporary Residence Transition stream:

You might be able to get this visa under the Temporary Residence Transition stream if:

  • you are the holder of a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and you satisfied the primary criteria for that visa.

  • At the time you make your application, you must provide evidence with your online application that:

  • you have at least vocational English (unless you are exempt from this requirement) or have completed at least five years of full time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where all of the tuition was delivered in English

  • you have worked for two years in the position your employer nominated you for while you held your Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa as the visa holder who satisfied the primary criteria

  • your employer has nominated you for a permanent position under this stream and the nomination has been approved

  • you meet the requirements for health and character.

Your skills do not need to be assessed because you have already worked for your nominating employer for two years in Australia.

 

Requirements for Direct Entry stream:

You might be able to get this visa under the Direct Entry stream if one of the following applies to you:

  • have been nominated for a position under this stream and that nomination has been approved

  • you have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia

  • you hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) but do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream

  • you are applying directly from outside Australia.

 

At time of application lodgement, you must provide evidence with your online application that you:

  • have at least competent English (unless you are exempt from this requirement)

  • meet the skills requirements, unless you are exempt. Please note that if you require a skills assessment, some skills assessments are issued for the purpose of a Subclass 485 visa.  Skills assessments which have been obtained for the purposes of a Subclass 485 visa are assessed solely on qualifications and do not assess the applicant's work experience. As a result, these types of skills assessments are not appropriate to demonstrate skills under the RSMS programme. The skills requirements are:

    • if your occupation is listed on the relevant legislative instrument, and you have not obtained a necessary Australian qualification suitable to your occupation, then you must obtain a valid skills assessment prior to your application. Skills assessments obtained for a Subclass 485 visa will not be accepted as they are not considered full skills assessments for permanent skilled migration purposes. A skills assessment is only valid until the expiry date specified on the assessment, or for a period of three years from the assessment's date of issue, whichever occurs first.

    • if your occupation is listed on the relevant legislative instrument, and you have obtained the necessary Australian qualification relevant to your occupation as listed in ANZSCO, then you must provide this as evidence towards meeting the skills requirement

    • if your occupation is not on the relevant legislative instrument, you must demonstrate that you have the qualifications listed in ANZSCO as necessary to perform the tasks of your occupation. 

 

You might not have to meet the skill assessment and qualification requirements if you:

  • have nominated earnings at least equal to the current Australian Taxation Office top individual income tax rate (currently AUD180 001)

  • are in Australia as the holder of a Special Category visa (subclass 444) or a New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa (subclass 461) and have worked with your nominating employer in your nominated occupation for the past two years (not including any period of unpaid leave) in the three years before you apply for this visa.

 

Requiremnts for Agreement stream:

You might be able to get this visa under the Agreement stream if you are being sponsored by an employer through a tailored and negotiated labour agreement. Your employer can advise if such an agreement is in place for your industry or occupation.

You must meet the age, skills and English language requirements stated in the agreement.

 

Your rights under this visa:

This visa allows you and your family to live in Australia and work permanently in a regional area. A regional area is anywhere other than the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne. 

 

This is a permanent residence visa. It allows you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely

  • work and study in Australia

  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses

  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)

  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence

  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

 

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