Stage 1: Sponsorship
The employing business will need to apply for approval to be a business sponsor. If it is approved, the sponsorship is valid for five (5) years. The business can then nominate an unlimited number of positions. The business must demonstrate:
- It is operating within the law.
- If it is an Australian business, that it meets the training requirements of either Training Benchmark A or B for the last twelve (12) months;
- Training Benchmark A. Recent expenditure of at least 2% of total business payroll to an industry training fund;
- Training Benchmark B. Recent expenditure of at least 1% of total business payroll towards training its employees who are Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents.
- Auditable Training Plan. This is a requirement for businesses operating for less than twelve (12) months.
Stage 2: The Nomination
In the nomination stage, the employer makes an application to nominate a visa applicant to fill the nominated position. The job must be in an occupation listed on the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL).
The employer must be able to show:
- That the job being offered is genuinely related to the nominated occupation.
- That the visa applicant will be paid no less than the wage amount listed on the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) of AUD$53 900.
- The employer must test the local labour market by conducting Labour Market Testing before submitting the application for nomination.
- The terms and conditions of employment being offered to the visa applicant are no less favourable than for an Australian employee, for example, to be at the market salary rate.
Stage 3: The Visa Application
In the final stage, the visa applicant needs to apply for their visa to work in Australia. The visa holder must work in a skilled occupation that has been approved by the Australian Government. The visa application will need to show that the applicant possesses the following:
- The necessary skills and experience to work in the nominated occupation. In some cases, the applicant may be asked to provide a skill assessment;
- The applicant must be eligible for any necessary licensing or registration;
- Meet the Vocational English Language requirement, unless exempted;
- Meet character and health requirements;
- Private health insurance cover that is valid for a 457 visa holder.
The 457 Temporary Work visa is valid for up to four (4) years and the holder is only permitted to work for the sponsoring employer. If your sponsoring employer is a start-up business, the visa will only be valid for twelve (12) months. As part of the condition of granting the visa, it is subject to work restrictions.Contact us for more information on your visa eligibility. Please call us at +61 413 910 985 or drop us an email at enquiry@GreatJourneyMigration.com.au.