457 Visa Process – Introduction to three stages

Employers can sponsor overseas workers to work in Australia on a temporary basis. The subclass 457 visa is for periods from one day to four years.

Employers must become approved business sponsors to enable them to sponsor overseas workers.

457 Visa Requirements – Three stage Process

Stage 1: Business Sponsorship Application

There are a number of requirements that must be met for an employer business to become an approved business sponsor for subclass 457 visas.

The 457 Business Sponsorship criteria include:

  • The business must be lawfully operating in Australia
  • The business must be able to demonstrate a commitment to training Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • The there is no adverse information known to the department about the applicant for approval to become a sponsor

There are a number of 457 Business Sponsorship obligations.

Stage 2: Nomination Application

The employer must nominate a position to be filled by a worker from outside of Australia.

The nomination criteria are about the requirements for the position to be approve by the Immigration Department.

The 457 Nomination criteria include that the employer must:

  • Be the direct employer – with limited exceptions such as for general medical practitioners
  • Offer a suitably skilled position that is on the CSOL list
  • Pay a salary that is above the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) and also at Australian Market Salary
  • Do Labour Market Testing (LMT) unless exemptions apply

Stage 3: Visa Application

The visa applicant must have the skills, qualifications and experience required to fulfil the Nominated position.

Depending on the level of the occupation, the visa applicant must meet the 457 English language requirements.

For individuals:

We are able to advise applicants on whether they meet the eligibility requirements for a subclass 457 visa application. We prepare and lodge applications for 457 visa applicants.

For businesses:

We can advise employers and individuals about the requirements for a successful 457 application.


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