Are you a skilled professional wanting to explore your migration options to live and work in Australia? Or are you looking to understand more about migration options to engage skilled migrants for work in your business that is difficult to fill from the local labour market? The country has several temporary and permanent skilled migration Australia options available that may suit your needs. Some options require employer sponsorship and others can be applied for independently. Here’s what you should know about some of the most commonly-used skilled visas in Australia’s migration program.
The Subclass 482 Work Visa Australia, commonly referred to as the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa program, allows visa holders to stay in Australia and work for your business for up to two years or four years depending on whether the applicant is eligible for the 482 Visa Short Term Stream or Medium Term Stream. It is one of the most commonly used skilled visa programs in Australia and replaces the historical 457 Visa.
The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186) allows Australian businesses to sponsor eligible people to work in Australia on a permanent visa. There are two streams available – the Direct Entry Stream and the Temporary Residence Transition Stream. Individuals already in Australia on a temporary TSS 482 work visa (Medium Term Stream only) may be interested in the Temporary Residence Transition Stream of the 186 Visa, which may provide them a Permanent Residence pathway.
The Regional 494 Visa Australia provides businesses in Perth and regional/remote areas the option to sponsor overseas skilled employees with a more direct pathway to Permanent Residence. However, compared to the commonly used 186 Visa, the application process for a 494 Visa Australia requires a mandatory Skills Assessment and Regional Certifying Body (RCB) approval in addition to the 494 Visa nomination and visa sponsorship, therefore you may need to allow for a longer application period.
Employers can use the Global Talent Employer Sponsored (GTES) program to sponsor overseas workers for highly-skilled niche positions that cannot be filled by Australian workers or other standard visa programs. Under the GTES, standard visa requirements may be negotiable and applicants may have access priority to government processing and a pathway to Permanent Residence.
The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) 187 Visa allows businesses to sponsor workers for positions in rural, regional and remote locations of Australia for a permanent visa. This is via the Temporary Residence Transition Stream, which is still available to eligible applicants. Your nomination must be ‘certified’ by the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) in your state.
Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA’s) are agreements made between the Department of Home Affairs and a Regional State or Territory authority that provide an alternative option to sponsor overseas workers to work in regional Australia for up to 5 years. Under a DAMA, employers have access to different skilled occupations that may not be accessible to other standard visa programs.
Our migration agents can assess your eligibility for employer-sponsored visas and independent skilled migration Australia visas. We begin by reviewing a copy of the applicant’s resume detailing their skills, experience, and qualifications and then advise * on the options available for either a temporary or permanent visa. During a consultation, our migration agent will provide advice on any visa requirements and conditions that you may need to be aware of so you can make a more informed decision on the pathway you should take. After the consultation, you can also choose to engage our services to manage your visa application on your behalf. If you would like to understand your visa options and discuss your circumstances, we encourage you to get in touch with Interstaff’s registered migration agents servicing Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.
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