Does your business operate in the resource sector and need skilled overseas workers with niche skills and experience? Or are you a skilled professional needing to come to Australia for specialised mining, oil, or gas project work? It is often the case that resource-based businesses require skilled professionals with proprietary business knowledge that may need to be sourced from overseas offices or contractors. Businesses that are not able to secure suitably skilled and experienced workers means projects could take longer and your business may not achieve the economic outcomes it had planned. The Resource Secor Visa in Australia allows businesses to hire overseas employees to work in the country’s resource industry.
Getting advice on options available through the skilled migration program can help your business invest in the capabilities of its Australian workforce, recognising that temporary work visas are at times necessary to support technical and project delivery leadership. Fortunately, engineering and several occupations required by the resource industry have been recognised by the Government as critical to the supply of essential goods and services during the current pandemic. Some relevant occupations have been listed on the Priority Skilled Migration Occupation List (PMSOL). It may therefore be possible to access priority Government visa and nomination processing so your business can more quickly access the skills it needs. Here’s what you should know about engaging skilled migrants.
Thankfully for many resource-based businesses, after almost two years of requiring workers to be granted Critical Work Travel Exemptions to enter the country, participating States and Territories in Australia re-opened their international borders to fully-vaccinated eligible skilled visa holders from December 2021. International testing and quarantine requirements may also apply depending on the State or Territory of arrival.
These relaxed restrictions mean employers are no longer limited to engaging overseas migrants that can meet a Critical Work Travel Exemption and they can once again more easily engage skilled migrants for their work needs. You may therefore be considering which visa and sponsorship options are available to the resource sector. While Australia does not currently have visas that cater only to the resource sector, there are a few options in the skilled migration program that are commonly used by the sector – such as:
The applicant and business’ eligibility for these skilled visas depends on several factors, including the circumstances of work, genuine requirements to employ a skilled migrant, and Australian labour market conditions – among others.
Individuals may also be interested in Independent Skilled Visas, which do not require employer-sponsorship. These visas, such as the 189, 190 or 491 Visas, require applicants to meet several points-tested requirements across categories such as age, skills, experience, English capability and other factors.
*Page last updated: 4 January 2022 – you may wish to contact Interstaff’s Registered Migration Agents so that your circumstances can be assessed with the most up-to-date migration requirements.
Interstaff works with businesses in the resource industry, from local contracting companies to multinationals, to determine a migration strategy that will meet their labour needs. A carefully considered strategy is required whether a single candidate is needed or if the business needs to migrate numerous visa holders at a time. This is especially the case when projects have a dependency on securing key personnel within critical timeframes.
It is important to understand the variety of visa options available to your business, which may include employer-sponsored visas, labour agreements, general skilled migration, and pathways to transition to Permanent Residence. There are also several factors to consider when ensuring the business remains compliant with Australia’s sponsorship obligations, changing migration laws and regulations, and international travel restrictions/procedures. Our migration agents begin by reviewing your circumstances and advising on the most suitable options. Following a consultation, our migration agents can assist with all aspects of the application process and assist with any queries you may have or complexities that may arise.
While the sponsorship, visa, and nomination application process can be complex and require ongoing liaisons with the Department of Home Affairs, State and Territory agencies, and regional certifying bodies, don’t let legal compliance and administrative burdens hinder your business’ growth and competitiveness in the industry. Our migration agents are well-equipped to manage your visa and migration requirements, having assisted resource-based businesses for over 30 years since 1988.
We are focused not only on managing your business migration requirements but also on providing a supportive employee experience to your candidates requiring visas including the Resource Sector Visa to Australia. We coordinate the visa process on behalf of you and your visa applicants while providing professional advice at each step of the process. Having facilitated migration requirements for numerous resource-based projects, we undertake a project-style approach to our work, providing you with status updates and visa tools to feed into your overall project plans.
Our experienced migration agents are sought for their expertise in business migration – particularly for the resource industry – and regularly assist HR/Executive teams, project managers, business owners, and their overseas employees with managing their skilled migration needs.
Interstaff is well-known for supporting resource-based clients with specialist advice on global mobility decisions since 1988. Three decades forward, we continue to provide migration advice for some of Australia’s major resource projects and many of our clients have remained with us throughout our journey.
Our specialised knowledge and experience of the resource industry and needs for skilled professionals such as Mechanical Engineering Technicians and several other occupations, give Interstaff the edge to deliver to your needs both strategically and logistically. This is reflected in the quality of our migration insights and our proven capability to migrate skilled workers from overseas smoothly and efficiently – whether for rig/project or one-off needs. Our Registered Migration Agents quickly grasp an understanding of your labour requirements and can contribute equally to discussions requiring specific knowledge of your industry’s labour market.
Get in touch with our migration agents to discuss your Resource Sector Visa Australia. You can also phone us on 1800 449 858 (Free Call Within Australia) or +61 8 9221 3388 (International) for more information.
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