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Employer-Sponsored Visas – for Migrants

Employer-sponsored visas are a great pathway to migrate to Australia if you aren’t eligible for general skilled migration (link to the GSM page). If an employer is willing to sponsor you and you fulfill a few other requirements, you may even be able to go straight to permanent resident status.

Red Earth Migration has extensive experience in the field of employer-sponsored visas and we are happy to provide advice about which pathway is best for you. Click here  or call us on 08 6161 9239 to schedule a consultation, or keep reading for more information about the different kinds of employer-sponsored visas.


Types of Employer-sponsored Visas

There are several types of employer sponsored visas:

Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme – Direct Entry Stream : This is a permanent visa for those who want to live in Australia’s major cities. Click here for more information about direct entry Employer Nomination Scheme visas.

Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme – Direct Entry Stream : This is a permanent visa for those who want to migrate to regional Australia. Click here for more information about direct entry Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visas.

Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa : This is a temporary visa to let someone work in a particular role for up to four years. Click here for more information about subclass 457 visas.

Subclass 186 or 187 – Temporary Residence Transition Stream (: This is a special stream for Australian migrants who have worked for the same company while holding a subclass 457 visa for at least two years. It lets you gain permanent residence while avoiding some of the criteria for the direct entry stream. 

Labour Agreement Visas: All of the above visas are also available under a stream called “Labour Agreement”. Labour Agreements are formal agreements made with the Australian Government which allow certain visa requirements to be relaxed, so if you are sponsored by a business which has a labour agreement in place you may find it easier to meet the criteria for the visa you want. 


NOTE: The subclass 457 visa is being phased out and will be replaced with a new visa subclass in early 2018. For the time being, nominations and applications can still be lodged and subclass 457 visas are still being granted. If you have any concerns about the changes, get in contact on 08 6161 9239.


The Red Earth Promise

At Red Earth Migration, we understand that migrating to Australia is a big decision and we are committed to making the process as stress-free as possible. If you choose us to handle your visa, we liaise with your employer for you to make sure we get everything we need to lodge the best visa application possible. We offer services such as draft document preparation and advice on compliance with sponsorship obligations. For more information on the services we offer employer sponsors, click here. Or, book an appointment with us today .