As businesses in Australia aim to attract and retain high-level talent and expand their workforce, many are venturing into overseas markets to tap into international talent. Recruiting and retaining overseas talent can bring innovation, development, and extended outreach to global customers. The Australian immigration system is designed to support international recruitment, making the process relatively straightforward with sufficient eligibility assessment. A well-planned strategy and a capable team are crucial to ensure adequate global mobility. Legal advisors specialising in commercial legal advisory services, international trade, and employment provisions in the target country play a vital role in ensuring a seamless process. At Ramsden Lawyers, we understand the intricacies of employer-sponsored immigration in Australia and can guide businesses through the complexities of the process.

Partner Lauren Blud’s Latest Video

Watch Partner Lauren Blud discuss the topic of employer-sponsored visas and the benefits they offer to businesses seeking to procure and retain international talent. In her latest video, Lauren sheds light on the various visa options available and the critical role of legal advisors in navigating the legislative requirements. She explains the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa, the Employer Nomination Scheme, and the Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional Visa, providing valuable insights to help businesses make informed decisions and avoid potential delays or costs.

Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (subclass 482)

The Temporary Skill Shortage Visa allows employers to sponsor overseas workers for up to four years. It offers two streams: the Short-Term stream and the Medium-Term stream. Certain occupations may provide a pathway to permanent residency through an alternate transitionary visa once the applicant has worked for the sponsor for a specified period.

Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

The Employer Nomination Scheme enables employers to sponsor skilled foreign workers for Australian permanent residency. This can be through the Direct Entry stream or the Temporary Transition stream following a period of employment with the company.

Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 494)

This visa aims to attract skilled workers to live and work in regional areas of Australia. It requires sponsorship by an eligible employer in a designated regional area and offers a pathway to permanent residency through the Subclass 191 visa.

Eligibility and Requirements

Employer-sponsored visas in Australia have specific eligibility criteria, requiring sponsorship and nomination from an approved employer. Employers must demonstrate a genuine need for the overseas worker, meet labour market testing requirements, and comply with relevant employment and workplace laws and taxation provisions. Applicants must satisfy health and character requirements and possess the skills and qualifications for the nominated occupation.

Navigating the Complexities

Understanding the Migration Act, Migration Regulations, policy guidance, and legislative instruments that govern employer-sponsored immigration can be challenging. Seeking professional advice is essential to ensure a smooth process and successful visa outcomes.

Expert Guidance for Global Mobility

Our firm has a team of experienced legal advisors well-versed in employer-sponsored immigration in Australia. We can provide comprehensive guidance on the visa options available, assess eligibility, and assist with the application process, ensuring a seamless experience for businesses seeking to procure or retain international talent. If you are considering employer-sponsored visas, contact us today for expert assistance in navigating the complexities of global mobility.