Employer-Sponsored Visas in Australia: Everything You Need to Know

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Employer-Sponsored Visas in Australia: Everything You Need to Know

The Australian work visa system is to fill skills gaps. It enables employers to access labour that is not easily accessible locally. The employer-sponsored visa in Australia permits employers to sponsor specific skilled employees to fill job openings. Additionally, it empowers overseas workers with specialised talents to investigate employment opportunities with Australian companies, should those employers require their expertise.

Employer-Sponsored Visas Australia 

The Australian government offers various employer-sponsored visas in Australia, which can lead to permanent residency also. Employers and employees must know the laws and regulations governing employer visas. A poor visa outcome could result from a tiny application error, costing time and money.

Both employees and employers must be aware of the conditions and duties that will apply once the visa has been granted. It will help to prevent any violations of the terms of the visa.

Some of the employer-sponsored visas are as follows:

Employer Nomination Visa Subclass 186

A permanent residency visa known as the Employer Nominated Scheme Subclass 186 is available to Skilled workers who have been proposed for employment in Australia by an Australian company. 

It permits employment in one of three fields in Australia:

  • Subclass 457 visa holders who have three years of a continuous job with their nominating employer (who has submitted a valid nomination to us under the Temporary Residence Transition stream) are eligible for the Temporary Residence Transition stream, who wants to offer them a job in that field permanently
  • People sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement are eligible for the Agreement stream.
  • The Direct Entry stream is for:
  • People nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream
  • Individuals who have never worked in Australia or have done so only briefly
  • Non-eligible temporary residents for the Temporary Residence Transition stream.


  • The chosen field of work needs to be on the list.
  • Been proposed by a recognised Australian employer
  • You must be under 45 unless you are exempt.
  • You must meet the skills, qualifications, and English language criteria in the category for which you were nominated.
  • possess a job on the MLTSSL list

Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa Subclass 482

With this visa, a skilled worker can go to Australia and work for their approved sponsor for up to four years in the designated occupation. A recognised company must sponsor you. If a company can’t employ an Australian citizen or permanent resident qualified for the job, it may nominate an individual for the visa.

  • To study in Australia with your family.
  • Travel to and from Australia whenever you choose while the visa is valid, and 
  • work for two to four years.


  • The chosen occupation needs to be on the relevant list.
  • You have received sponsorship from a recognised company.
  • You have at least two years of work experience and the necessary abilities to fill a post.
  • You must confirm with us if your profession is included on the list because certain occupations have restrictions, and others will allow you to apply for a permanent Visa.

DAMA depends on the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482)’s labour agreement stream. Workers are given a Subclass 482 visa once sponsors and the Australian government have signed a labour agreement.

Related Post: Your Ultimate Guide To Subclass 482 Visa: Requirements, Processing Time, And Conditions

Skilled Regional Visa Subclass 494

The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa Subclass 494 is a five-year visa that permits the applicant and their family to temporarily settle in a rural area of Australia for up to five years.

After three years, those who have 494 Visas must seek permanent residency.

Candidates must have a nomination by an Australia Sponsor who is a legitimately operating business in Australia and located in the Designated Regional Area to be considered for this visa. To sponsor overseas workers, an employer needs to have nomination approval.


  • A nomination for a 494 Regional Visa for employment in a profession on the Skilled Occupation List
  • Unless an exemption occurs, you must have at least three years of work experience in the relevant occupation.
  • Must have skills evaluated by the appropriate skills assessment authority.
  • Candidates must be younger than 45 unless an exception exists.
  • Applicants must possess the necessary degree of English language ability (Competent English).
  • To be in good health and moral character

Designated Area Migration Agreement

An official contract between the Australian Government and a local state or territory government is a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA). The DAMA permits employers in some places to sponsor trained and semi-skilled foreign workers for jobs they can’t fill locally. It is designed to solve the present and escalating labour market shortages with regional employment terms and conditions.

Related post: DAMA Visa Process: All You Need to Know


Because an employer-sponsored visa is meant to assist Australian businesses dealing with a skilled labour shortage, As per the demands of Australian businesses, visa guidelines and requirements are constantly evolving.

An immigration agent in Adelaide closely monitors any changes to the law that are reflected in statutory instruments. While submitting an Employer-Sponsored Visa application, it is necessary to be updated with these developments, especially those that affect your place of employment.

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