The subclass 457 Visa is the most commonly used program for employers to sponsor overseas workers to work in Australia on a temporary basis.
An employer needs to be approved as a sponsor in order to employ skilled workers from overseas.
If you are an employer with a business that operates in Australia, you must meet benchmarks relating to the training of Australian citizens and permanent residents.
Generally you must demonstrate the equivalent of 1% of gross wages is or will be spent on training per annum.
If you are an employer with a business that has no formal operating base or representation in Australia, you may apply to bring employees to Australia to do one of the following:
To meet this requirement, there must be nothing adverse known about the business or a person associated with the business.
As an employee, you must meet all the following requirements:
You can apply for this visa while you are in Australia, only if the last visa you held is on the prequalifying list.
It is a requirement in Australia that all visa applicants need to satisfy the criteria for grant of their visa. Therefore Subclass 457 visa applicants must satisfy certain skills requirements. Where necessary and for safety or to prevent fraud, Australian authorities will undertake more extensive skills assessments to confirm skills claimed by applicants.
Australia is improving its skills assessment processes to provide for formal skills testing of some trade occupations. The pilot of this arrangement will commence on 1 July 2009 and be extended as capacities are increased.
Employers can be either Australian businesses or overseas businesses. This visa is for employers who would like to employ overseas workers to fill nominated skilled positions in Australia.
With the 457 visa you can employ overseas workers for a period of between three (3) months and four (4) years.
With this visa, people you employ from overseas are eligible to:
The government charges for the sponsorship, nomination and visa application are $960.00 AUD (subject to change)