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Sponsorship Migration Program

Sponsorship Migration Program (Subclass 186/482(MLTSSL)/494)

The Sponsorship Migration visas are designed to attract migrants who make a significant contribution to the Australian economy, and fill positions where no Australian workers are available. Skilled worker can get a sponsorship by an employer who runs business in Australia to apply for a visa. Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Subclass 186), Temporary Skill Shortage visa (Subclass 482) and Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) are applicable. These visas enable a skilled worker to live and work in Australia permanently.

Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (Subclass 186)

This visa is well-known as ENS visa, and many migrants apply for this visa for permanent residency. Most applicants need to have at least 3 years relevant work experience in their occupation, adequate English skills and a positive skills assessment.

Overview

  • Permanently stay in Australia
  • Application fee from AUD 4,045
  • Apply online in or outside Australia
  • Must be aged under 45
  • If eligible, apply for Australian citizenship
  • Enrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme, Medicare

Eligibility

  • Must have an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List
  • Must be nominated/sponsored by an employer
  • Have a positive skills assessment
  • Have at least Competent English level
  • Have at least 3 years relevant work experience

Processing time (Employer Nomination Scheme visa)

  • 75% of applications in 6 months
  • 90% of applications in 9 months

Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482)

This visa is well-known as a TSS visa which has replaced 457 visa. It consists of three streams: Short-term stream, Medium-term stream and Labour agreement stream. If eligible, applicants may get a chance to apply for a permanent residency through either the Medium-term stream or Labour agreement stream.

Overview

  • Stay up to 2 years for Short-term stream, up to 4 years for Medium-term stream
  • Application fee from AUD 1,265 for Short-term stream, or from AUD 2,645 for Medium-term stream
  • Apply online in or outside Australia
  • If eligible later on, apply for permanent residency (Medium-term stream only)
  • No age requirement for this visa

Eligibility

  • Have an occupation on the Short-term skilled Occupation List (Short-term stream) or on the Medium and Long-term Strategic skills List (Medium-term stream)
  • Be nominated by an approved sponsor
  • Have a positive skills assessment
  • Have an adequate English proficiency test result
  • Have worked in nominated occupation or a related field for at least 2 years

Processing time (Short-term stream)

  • 75% of applications in 84 days
  • 90% of applications in 4 months

Processing time (Medium-term stream)

  • 75% of applications in 3 months
  • 90% of applications in 5 months

Medium term stream

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)

This visa enables regional employers to address identified labour shortages within their region by sponsoring skilled workers where employers can't source an appropriately skilled Australian worker. If applicants intend to apply for permanent residency, they must have lived for at least 3 years and have a taxable income at or above a specific income threshold for at least three years.

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