Work Permits Australia

The different types of visas available in Australia can be complex and the details for each specific visa can differ greatly. It is important to understand the immigration to Australia process and what visa to apply for. Australian visa programs also encompass business opportunities. If you are a successful business owner, this visa type allows you to come to Australia while an existing or new business is being developed.

Skilled Migration Visa

There are a range of Australian Work Permit options for skilled workers who want to live in Australia.

The General Skilled Migration Program (GSM) is one of the most popular types of visas in Australia. There are some basic requirements that need be fulfilled in order to acquire an Australian Work Permit in this skilled category. There are different types of visas under the Skilled Migration Visa Program including:

  1. Skilled Independent – a visa subclass directed at skilled migrants that can make an instant and immediate contribution to the country’s economy
  2. Skilled Sponsored – a visa subclass directed at skilled migrants with close family members residing in Australia or with a sponsoring Australian State
  3. Skilled Regional Sponsored – a visa subclass for skilled migrants with sponsorship from people living in Designated Areas of Australia
  4. Skilled Regional – a permanent visa pathway for Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa holders
  5. Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme – a program limited to specific Australian areas that allows employers to fill their job vacancies by sponsoring skilled workers.
  6. Graduate Skilled – a skilled visa for foreign students that have family ties in Australia and have recently completed a study program in the country

Subclass 457 – Business (Long Stay) visa

A program has been developed that allows employers to sponsor skilled workers to work in Australia temporarily. The employer is able to nominate a number of positions for different occupations under the same sponsorship application. This type of visa is for lawfully operating Australian employers to employ approved skilled workers under an Australian Work Permit. Temporary visas can offer a pathway to a permanent visa.

Alternatively, there are the Australian Work Permits that allow operating Australian employers to sponsor skilled workers in particular occupations required in Australia. This covers the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 121) which allows employers to sponsor skilled workers to come to Australia and fill skilled vacancies in their organisation. The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 119) gives employers in low population growth and regional areas in Australia the opportunity to sponsor skilled workers to fill vacancies in their business.