Employer Sponsorship

Employer Nominated Sponsorship permanent visa applications

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Home Migration Services expertise in Employer Sponsored Visas is unparalleled. Our experienced case managers are solution focused, combining legislative knowledge and business acumen enabling Home Migration Services to gain approvals in often difficult and complex cases.

The following are the available subclasses:

  • Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
    (part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa programme)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187)
    (part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa programme).

Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)

This visa lets a skilled worker travel to Australia to work in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor for up to four years. (Variations on the visa term is subject to the Standard Business Approval Term).

After completing 2 years of paid employment you can apply for Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) (Transitional). Permanent Residency.

Download our 457 Quick Reference Guide

Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

There are three pathways under the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

The Temporary Residence Transition is an option for applicants who have:

  • worked with the employer on a 457 visa for the last 2 years
  • an English level equivalent to IELTS 5

These applicants don’t need a skills assessment.

The Direct Entry Stream is an option for applicants who can:

  • provide a formal skills assessment in their occupation
  • show that they have worked in their occupation for three years
  • have an English level equivalent to IELTS 6

The Agreement Stream is an option where the employer has a labour agreement. Labour agreements are negotiated with the Department of Immigration to fill specific skills shortages. These can take up to nine months to obtain. The three types of labour agreements are

  • Template Agreements for specific industries
  • Regional Migration Agreements for a specific locality
  • Enterprise Migration Agreements for large-scale resource projects

Download our 186 Quick Reference Guide

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Subclass 187 Visa

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme is for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia to fulfil skills shortages. A successful RSMS applicant must work in the approved position of two years to retain the visa. However, it is possible to qualify for this scheme with limited prior work experience.

The conditions differ for regional Australia and employers sponsoring permanent visa applicants in the regions can:

  • qualify with lower skill levels
  • sponsor a wider range of occupations

Aside from these variations, the process and pathways for RSMS applications are similar to the SC 457 and SC 186 in regards to the Nomination and Visa Application, however the first and most critical step for SC 187 is applying to the Regional Development Authority, a successful RDA application means the region has approved the need for the position. Regional Development Authorities criteria can be complex.

Download our 187 Quick Reference Guide

Big Thanks to you, Adam and the whole team of Home Migration. I don’t have words to express my happiness and excitement.

Rahul Singhal

Divine Developers Ltd.

Keeping your business compliant

If you are a business wishing to sponsor skilled staff and would like assistance in understanding your obligations as an Approved Sponsor we can assist, we can offer short or long-term advisory.  See our Sponsorship and Mentoring program for further details.