If you are the owner of a business enterprise, you need to take approval to become an approved sponsor for this type of visa. To get the approval, you must be able to prove that you are providing training to your Australian employees to develop the required skill and that there is a legitimate business requirement to hire temporary overseas workers until your Australian employees can learn the requisite skill.
If you are an employee who is on a Subclass 457 visa and you change employers, it is considered a serious breach that can affect your stay and PR application in Australia. The advantage of this type of visa is that it helps you get the requisite experience of working in Australia and you can apply for a PR later.
his type of visa can be applied by workers who have a minimum 2-year employment offer from any Australian business. The business can be in any part of Australia and the occupation needs to be on the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) of the government of Australia. If the applicant applies through the direct entry pathway, the applicant may have to go through a skill assessment. This is not required if the applicant is applying for a temporary visa. The business must be able to show that it is spending money on the training of its Australian employees on the required skills.
As the name suggests, this category of visa is for businesses that operate in regional areas. These are areas outside Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Brisbane, Gold Coast, etc. The key feature of this type of visa is that the employer is not required to show or prove that they are making expenditures to train their Australian employees. Also, skill assessment is not required in many circumstances and there is a wider range of occupations for which a visa can be sponsored. These occupations need not necessarily be under the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) of the government of Australia. This has been done to boost the economy in these regions and overcome the shortage of labour and workers in the regional areas of Australia.
There are several benefits of an employer sponsored visa. This allows you to work and live in Australia. The skill and experience you acquire help you find continued employment and make you eligible to apply for a permanent visa and PR later. The sponsorship for employment allows you to live and work in Australia for a period of up to 4 years. You are free to travel around and outside Australia as often as you require. You can also bring your family members to Australia for study and work. This helps to reunite families and opens the door for a PR later.
The nature or subclass of the employer sponsored visa depends upon the kind of sponsorship for employment and the business needs of your employer. However, as an applicant, you must be aware of all the aspects of the application. It is highly advisable to have a detailed discussion with the visa specialist to ensure that you are applying under the correct category of visa. You should also understand the terms and conditions of the employee job offer or work agreement and the visa conditions. These should not be breached as they may lead to the cancellation of your visa before the due expiration date and impact your chances of obtaining a new visa or PR later.