I have an employer who can sponsor me for work, can I apply for work visa?

Yes.  You can consider applying for one of the employer sponsored visas such as the subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa.  There are 3 streams under this visa, and I will explain the 2 common streams.

  • Short-term stream

This stream is for employers to sponsor highly skilled overseas workers to fill short-term positions in a range of occupations.  This visa is valid for up to 2 years.

  • Medium-term stream

This stream is for employers to source highly skilled overseas workers to fill medium-term critical skills.   This visa is valid for up to 4 years, and you may be eligible to apply for a permanent visa after 3 years.

What work visa can I apply for permanent residence?

You can consider applying for a permanent visa, subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme.  There are a number of streams, and I will explain the 2 common streams below.

  • Temporary Residence Transition (TRT)

This is for temporary work visa holders on either subclass 457 or 482 visas.  You may be eligible to transition from the temporary visa to the permanent subclass 186 visa.

  • Direct Entry (DE)

This visa is for applicants who are untested in the Australian labour market.  This means you are most likely be applying from outside Australia, and you do not need to have a temporary work visa.  However, you may need to have a skills assessment to check whether your skills as suitable.  Also, you will need to have been employed in the nominated occupation for at least 3 years.

What visa can I apply if the sponsoring employer is from regional Australia?

You can consider applying for a permanent visa, subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).  There are 2 streams.  The requirements are quite similar to those of the subclass 186 visa.

  • Temporary Residence Transition (TRT)
  • Direct Entry (DE)

Is there an age limit?

Yes.  For the permanent visas, at the time of application, you must be below 45 years old unless you are eligible for exemption.

What is the English requirement?

For Subclass 186, you must have competent English unless you are eligible for exemption. For Subclass 482, please check the English language requirements here.


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