What is the Employer Sponsored Visa?

Employer Sponsored Visas allow Australian companies to sponsor skilled workers from overseas to work in Australia for their businesses. Employer Sponsored Visas include Employer Nomination, Training, Temporary Activity, Temporary Skill Shortage, Skilled Work Regional and Skill Employer Sponsored Regional Visas. Those visas allow you to live and work in Australia temporarily and permanently according to your eligibility.


Can my employer sponsor me in Australia?

In order to apply for an Employer Sponsored Visa, you are required to be nominated by a lawful business in Australia or a qualifying overseas entity. It’s important to be sure that whether your employer is able to sponsor you.

An employer may be eligible to sponsor you if they meet the following requirements
  • Have a legally established and currently operating business
  • Have no unfavourable information that could impact on your suitability as an approved sponsor
  • If applying on the basis of being an overseas entity, additional requirements will apply such as a contract for services with an Australian business.


How do I get a sponsored Australian work visa?

To obtain a sponsored visa in Australia, your occupation must be on the skilled occupation list and you must work for a business which has a right to sponsor you. The skilled occupation lists are changed regularly depending on what skill shortage the country is facing at any given time, so please contact Withstand Lawyers to find out if you are eligible or not.


How much does it cost for a company to sponsor?

Australian businesses, including newly formed startups, can become an approved sponsor to hire employees from overseas. There are 3 different types of becoming a sponsor; Standard business sponsor, Accredited sponsor and Temporary Activity sponsor.

The cost of Standard Business sponsorship and Accredited sponsorship is AUD $420. There is no additional fee for becoming an accredited sponsor.


The visa types that you can apply


You may be eligible to apply for the Employer Nomination Scheme Visa if you are a skilled worker who is sponsored by an Australian employer. Once granted, you can live, work and study in Australia permanently.


TRAINING VISA (Subclass 407)

You may qualify for the Training Visa if you want to undertake occupational training activities to improve your professional skills in Australia. You can complete your training in Australia for up to 2 years with the Subclass 407 Visa.



You may qualify for the Temporary Activity Visa subclass 408 if you want to do short-term or organisation-based work or activities such as work in the entertainment industry, participating in an Australian research project or sports competition or doing full-time religious work. This visa may allow you to live and work in Australia for up to 2 years.



You may qualify for the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa if you are a skilled worker who is nominated to work in an occupation on the list of eligible skilled occupations. TSS Visas have Short-term, Medium-term and Labour agreement streams which allow you to live in Australia between 2 to 4 years, depending on your occupation.



You may be eligible to apply for the Skilled Work Visa if you are sponsored by an Australian State or Territory Government as a skilled worker to live and work in a regional or low populous area of Australia. You can live, study and work for up to 5 years in a specified region of Australia with the Subclass 491 Visa.


Skilled EMPLOYER SPONSORED REGIONAL (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494)

You may be eligible to apply for the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa if you are under 45 years of age and are nominated by an approved work sponsor. Once granted, you can live and work up to 5 years in a designated regional area of Australia.


Why choose Withstand Lawyers for the Employer Sponsorship?

Withstand Lawyers specialises in immigration law and has experienced legal professionals and resources required to provide you with the guidance and representation that is needed to ensure you reach your immigration goals. We have made the Employer Sponsorship application process easier and faster for many clients. The team at Withstand Lawyers is approachable and committed to providing personalised service, so please book a meeting online or call us on 1800 952 901

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