Visa Category


Employer Sponsored Workers – Subclass 482

The subclass 482 visa is for skilled workers offered a sponsorship by a business to work in Australia on a temporary basis.

A business can sponsor skilled worker the cannot find appropriately skilled Australian citizen or permanent resident to fill skilled position listed in the relevant 482 Skilled Occupation List.

The visa applicant must have a minimum 2 years post study full time experience in closely relevant occupation prior submitting the application.

There are three stages to employing a skilled worker under the subclass 482 visa program:

  • employer applies to be a sponsor
  • employer nominates a position
  • employee applies for a visa

Applications for each of these three stages can be submitted at the same time.

Employer Nomination Scheme – Subclass 186

The Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) is for skilled workers from outside Australia or skilled temporary residents who currently live and work in Australia. It is part of the permanent Employer Sponsored visa program.

To apply for this visa, you must:

  • be nominated by an approved employer for an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List
  • be younger than 45 years of age
  • meet the skills and qualifications requirements
  • meet English language requirements
  • Must meet relevant work experience

There are exemptions relating to age, skills and English language ability. These depend on your nominated occupation, salary and past work experience.

If you do not have an employer who will nominate you, you can lodge an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. Employers and state and territory governments can then view your details and decide whether to nominate you for skilled migration.

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