Visa Nomination Australia | Eligible businesses in Australia can sponsor suitably skilled and experienced migrants for work in Australia on temporary or permanent visas. The process requires ‘nominating’ a position to be filled by an overseas skilled worker under a 482, 186, 187, or 494 Visa.
States and Territories can also ‘nominate’ a skilled individual for an independent skilled visa, such as a 189, 190, or 491 Visa. These visas do not require employer nomination.
The nomination application processes for employer nomination and state nomination are very different. Here’s what you should know.
The visa nomination process for employer-sponsored skilled visas (such as the 482, 186, 187 or 494 Visas) requires an employer to provide evidence of their need to fill a position in their business by an overseas skilled worker.
Before starting the visa nomination process, your business will need to be approved by the Government as a sponsor. This is done through a Standard Business Sponsorship or Accredited Sponsorship application, or by negotiating a Labour Agreement with the Department of Home Affairs.
Australia’s various Skilled Occupation Lists determine which occupations can be nominated for a visa. Preparing a nomination application requires evidence that your business has conducted Labour Market Testing and that salary and employment requirements have been met. Additional nomination requirements may also apply depending on the visa and occupation that is needed.
There are very specific ways employers should provide evidence for Labour Market Testing and Labour Agreements. When determining whether to grant your Nomination application, the Government will review your evidence to decide if your level of advertising for the role in the local market is sufficient, whether Annual Market Salary Rates (AMSR) and employment conditions have been met, and if nominating for the position will adversely impact local Australians.
Your nomination application must also include evidence that your business is active and lawful and that it has a genuine need for the position to be filled by overseas talent.
States and Territories in Australia can also nominate skilled individuals for visas such as the Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) and the Temporary Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491). Skilled individuals can apply for State Nomination under a very different process to applying for employer-sponsored visas.
The process for State nomination requires the applicant to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Government. Your Expression of Interest must indicate the State or Territory for which you are seeking Nomination. For example, you may intend to request nomination from Western Australia for Visa Nomination Australia arrangements. Your nominated occupation must be listed on a relevant Skills Occupation List for your intended visa subclass and you also need to indicate you currently reside in Australia.
Applying for State Nomination requires you to have met several Points-tested requirements across categories such as age, skills and qualifications, and English language ability. Documents and evidence must be provided to support your claim for points. A Skills Assessment with a relevant skills assessing authority for your occupation is required and you may also have to sit an English exam. Some occupations also need licensing or registration before you can work in the State or Territory. Each State or Territory may have different nomination criteria.
It is a competitive process as you not only have to meet the minimum points required for State Nomination, but you also need enough points to compete with other skilled applicants applying for State Nomination under your occupation. Invitations to apply for State Nomination are issued based on a ranking system. You can only lodge a 190 or 491 Visa application after being invited to apply.
Interstaff’s Registered Migration Agents provide visa nomination services to advise how you should prepare your evidence requirements for nomination.
Whether you are an employee needing to nominate an employee from overseas for a position in your business or a skilled applicant wanting to apply for state nomination for Australia’s independent skilled visas, we can help.
For businesses requiring visa nomination services, our migration agents assist by:
Interstaff has assisted Australian businesses with their sponsorship and nomination requirements and obligations for over 30 years since 1988. We encourage you to get in touch regarding our Visa Nomination Australia services at [email protected] or call our Perth head office on 08 9221 3388 to discuss your business migration needs. You can also contact us via our international number +61 8 9221 3388.
Similarly, if you are a skilled individual needing assistance with your Expression of Interest for State Nomination, or if you have already received an invitation and are ready to apply for Independent Skilled Migration, Interstaff can also help.
For applicants requiring State Nomination, our migration agents assist by:
Simply get in touch regarding our Visa Nomination Australia services at [email protected] or call our Perth head office on 08 9221 3388 to discuss your business migration needs. You can also connect with us via our international number +61 8 9221 3388.
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