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Depending on your requirements, you may be able to sponsor workers on either a temporary visa or a permanent visa. Below is a brief outline of the current visa options. If you think any of them might suit your business needs, check the Department of Home Affairs website to find out:

  • the most up to date information;

  • how each visa works;

  • eligibility requirements;

  • your obligations;

  • the worker's obligations; and

  • how to apply. 

 

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements and criteria differ widely from visa to visa but generally the applicant worker must have the following:

  • proficiency in the English language;

  • good health;

  • good character;

  • their skills assessed or already possess relevant qualifications to the position; and

  • meet any age restrictions.

 

Temporary visas

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

WA Migration Services is a regional certifying body for this visa. Visit our Certification of regional visas section for further information.

Temporary skill shortage visa (subclass 482)

This visa allows employees to work in Australia temporarily. They may also be able to bring in eligible family members.
Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.

Labour agreements

Labour agreements are formal arrangements between an employer and the Commonwealth which allow for the recruitment of an agreed number of overseas skilled workers. This program allows you to employ overseas workers on temporary or permanent visas. 
Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.


Permanent visas

Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

This visa allows employers to nominate skilled workers for a permanent residence visa. You must be able to offer a position that is full time and ongoing for at least two years.
Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.


Other visa options

The Department of Home Affairs website has a visa finder that shows a range of visas that may be available to your potential worker. Talking to a migration agent could also be helpful.

A list of registered migration agents is available from the Department of Home Affairs Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority

News


State Nomination Invitation Rounds

20 January 2023

 

Western Australia has received an overwhelming amount of applications for the State Nomination Migration Program.

 

To allow adequate time to process the large volume of applications prior to the end of the program year, invitation rounds for the remainder of the 2022-23 State nomination program year will be brought forward, and run in the first week of each month, commencing February 2023.

 

For more information on the State Nominated Migration Program visit the About State nomination page.


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