Visa sponsors will soon need to meet an additional Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirement before nominating an overseas skilled worker on a Subclass 457 / 482 TSS Visa or a Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa.
Currently, employers must make two national advertisements to test skills availability in the local market. The change will mean employers must also advertise the role on the Government’s Jobactive website.
While the amendment to the Legislative Instrument commences on 3 September 2020, this new LMT requirement will begin to apply to all nominations made after 30 September 2020.
Priority Occupations Announced for Employer-Sponsored Visas
Employers should also note that Acting Minister for Immigration, Alan Tudge has announced a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL), which will give priority processing to Employer-Sponsored Visa applicants under 17 occupations.
Several occupations in the Health Care, Construction and IT sectors have been listed under the PMSOL in an effort to boost Australia’s COVID-19 recovery. See changes to the PMSOL list announced from 23 June 2021.
Sponsoring Visa Holders
- Australian businesses can sponsor suitably skilled and experienced visa holders under the above PMSOL occupations.
- Labour Market Testing (LMT) is required as part of the sponsorship process.
- Sponsored visa holders can request a Travel Exemption to enter Australia.
- Existing Skilled Migration Occupation Lists remain active and visas are still being processed under standard employer-sponsored Skilled Visas. However, the Government will prioritise visa processing for applicants with occupations on the PMSOL.
- In our experience, visas are generally being granted to applicants on existing Skilled Migration Occupation Lists if they can obtain a Travel Exemption to enter Australia – such as for Critical Work.
- All visa holders are still required to meet a strict 14 day quarantine on arrival.
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The Priority Skills List will be reviewed regularly and updated according to Australia’s health and economic COVID-19 recovery and changes in the labour market.
If you have any queries, we encourage you to get in touch. Our Registered Migration Agents can advise on your migration requirements and discuss how you can prepare your evidence requirements for a Travel Exemption. Simply contact [email protected] or +61 8 9221 3388 (or National Free Call 1800 449 858).