Australian employers can sponsor and employ skilled workers under certain conditions. Wilson Consulting Services can help both employees and workers assess their visa options and put together a strong visa application.

Wilson Consulting Services have a high level of experience in Employer Sponsored Visas. We are solution focused, combining legislative knowledge and business acumen enabling Wilson Consulting Services to gain approvals in often difficult and complex cases.


Employer Sponsored visas:

  • Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 482)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187)

Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 482)

  • This is a temporary visa
  • The business must be or be willing to become a Business Sponsor. (eligibility applies)
  • The business nominate an occupation from the 482 visa list. (eligibility applies)

 Currently there are 2 lists for 482 visa:

  1. The medium term occupation lists will receive a 4 years visa with Permanent Residency pathways
  2. The short Term occupation lists will receive a 2 year visa with no Permanent Residency pathway. There is a possible two year onshore visa extension.


Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

There are three pathways under the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)


  1. The Temporary Residence Transition is an option for applicants who have:
  • worked with the employer on a 457 for 2 years or 457/482 visa for the last 3 years
  • an English level equivalent to IELTS 6.0
  • These applicants don’t require a skills assessment
  • Be under 50 years of age


  1. The Direct Entry Stream is an option for applicants who can:
  • provide a formal skills assessment in their occupation
  • show that they have worked in their occupation for three years
  • have an English level equivalent to IELTS 6
  • be under 45 years of age


  1. The Agreement Stream

This visa is an option where the employer has a labour agreement. Labour agreements are negotiated with the Department of Immigration to fill specific skills shortages. These can take up to nine months to obtain. The three types of labour agreements are:

  • Template Agreements for specific industries
  • Regional Migration Agreements for a specific locality
  • Enterprise Migration Agreements for large-scale resource projects


Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Subclass 187 Visa

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme is for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia to fulfil skills shortages. A successful RSMS applicant must work in the approved position of two years to retain the visa. However, it is possible to qualify for this scheme with limited prior work experience.

The conditions differ for regional Australia and employers sponsoring permanent visa applicants in the regions can:

  • qualify with lower skill levels
  • sponsor a wider range of occupations – Skill Level 1, 2 & 3 as per ANZSCO lists
  • no training requirements for the sponsor

To qualify the position must be assessed by a regional certification body as being a position of need and these criteria can be complex and vary per regional location.


Keeping Your Business Compliant

If you are a business wishing to sponsor skilled staff and would like assistance in understanding your obligations as an Approved Sponsor we can assist, we can offer short or long-term advisory services on compliance matters.

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