This visa category - inclusive of all its subclasses - is designed for employers to be able to recruit personnel with skills, experience, or qualifications in occupations that are needed in Australia.
Employers who have been unable to fill their recruitment needs from the Australian labor market or their own training efforts can employ highly skilled workers (both overseas or temporarily in Australia) through one of the 3 programs:
- Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)
- Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) or
- Labour Agreements (LAs)
A fourth program, Invest Australia Supported Skills (IASS) enables employers who have an approved IASS agreement to transfer key managerial and specialist employees of their company to Australia.
If you wish to apply for any of these visas, you will need to be sponsored by your employer and possess vocational English skills, or if applying under regional arrangements, functional English skills.
You may need an assessment, depending on your occupation and other conditions. You can be in Australia or overseas at the time you apply. If you have already applied for a visa, and are then nominated by the sponsoring employer, you may or may not need another visa application depending on which visa you have applied for.
Check with us to see if you need a new application or assessment.
NOTE: If you need an assessment, it must be completed before you lodge the visa application.
Employer-sponsored visas can be temporary or permanent, with temporary visas offering a pathway to a permanent visa.