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Top Occupations For Australian Immigration 2022 - Employer Sponsored 482 Visa Australia

Overview of Australian Skilled Migration and the Employer Sponsored 482 Visa Australia

Australia’s migration program is divided into four streams:

  • Family
  • Special eligibility
  • Child
  • Skilled migration program – for migrants with skills to boost productivity and fill gaps in Australia’s labour market

In 2020-21, a total of 160,052 visas were granted and the Skill stream comprised 50.7% of those grants. There are different visa types in the Skill stream such as Skilled regional Visa 491 or Skilled Nominated by State Visa 190, but Employer Sponsored Visa program makes up the largest majority (nearly a third) with 23,503 employer sponsored visas granted.

There are a few major streams for Employer Sponsorship program in Australia: 494 Regional Skilled Employer sponsored, Global Talent Visa which might ask a nominator is a company or an Australian organization, or DAMA, just to name a few

However, within the scope of this article, we will be talking about the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 visa program 

The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 Visa program was designed to address identified skills shortages, allowing businesses to enhance their workforce by sponsoring workers from overseas to live and work in Australia on a temporary 482 visa. 

The 482 Visa Australia is getting more popular and being focused by Australian Government in this financial year ending June 2023 to solve the skills crisis in Australia post-pandemic Covid-19.

According to the migration planning levels announced in April, there are 30,000 places added to Skilled Migration program which has 8,000 more allocations for Employer Sponsored Visas in 2022-2023 Financial year.

The government has also announced the new stream for TSS 482 Short Term Visa holders to be eligible to apply for Australian Permanent Residency 186 Visa.

Even though there are just over 200 occupations each on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) for the TSS 482 Visa program, certain occupations are clearly in greater demand than others.

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Which Occupations are in high demand for Employer Sponsored Visa Australia?  

According to data collected in 2021, the most popular occupations in the Employer Sponsored Category can be grouped into 4 key sectors:

  • Health (Registered Nurse or General Practitioner)
  • Finance and Accounting (Accountants )
  • IT (Software Engineer) or ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • Trades (Chef and Automotive like Motor Mechanic)

Top industries for Employer Sponsored Visa Australia

Most of these occupations are classified in the ANZSCO classification guide as Skill Level 1 (the highest level).

Only 2 of the top 10 occupations are Skill Level 2 (Chefs) or Skill Level 3 (Cooks and Motor Mechanics).

Nominations in the Employer Sponsored space appear to be skewed in favour of a level of skills commensurate with a Bachelor degree or higher qualification (or otherwise 5 years+ of relevant experience).

The majority of these occupations most in demand (except for Cooks) all come under the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) meaning visa holders can be sponsored for up to 4 years with a pathway to permanent residency from the 482 Visa.

It is necessary to make sure your occupation for 482 Visa is listed in MLTSSL so that you may be eligible for Australian PR

Australia’s growing needs in the Information Technology field is reflected in the published statistics. By far the most common occupation group in the Employer Sponsored category is Software and Applications Programmers.

IT Occupations are the most popular occupation for Employer Sponsored Visa 482

This is followed by Registered Nurses and Accountants, with ICT Business and Systems Analysts and University Lecturers coming close behind.

Employers across Australia have been calling out about their desperate struggles with skills shortages in critical, high-demand sectors. The demand for skilled workers in these key industries is clearly strong, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Half of these occupations can also be found on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL), including:

  • Accountant (General) (221111)
  • Management Accountant (221112)
  • Taxation Accountant (221113)
  • Civil Engineer (233211)
  • Geotechnical Engineer (233212)
  • Structural Engineer (233214)
  • Transport Engineer (233215)
  • General Practitioner (253111)
  • Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  • Medical Practitioners nec (253999)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  • Registered Nurses nec (254499)
  • Analyst Programmer (261311)
  • Developer Programmer (261312)
  • Software Engineer (261313)
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec (261399)
  • ICT Security Specialist (262112)
  • Chef (351311)

One of the added advantages is the Department of Home Affairs gives priority processing to employer sponsored nomination and visa applications for an occupation on the PMSOL.

These occupations were calculated in the migration report of financial ending 2021 and these are not all the occupations that you can get permanent residency from a TSS 482 Visa.

Moreover, Covid-19 has made a lot of impacts on how the employer sponsored streams go. 

Please be minded that the more popular an occupation is for any migration program, the higher competitiveness you may face against until you meet the eligibility criteria.

Australia: the land of opportunity

A recent look at one of Australia’s popular job recruitment websites revealed more than 10,000 Civil Engineer positions advertised for Civil Engineers, 5000 for Software Engineers, more than 6000 for General Practitioners and an astounding 20,000 advertisements posted for Registered Nurses.

If you have sought-after skills, qualifications and employment background in the IT and health industries, there’s a good chance an Australian employer wants to hire you!

However, choosing the right occupation and work in a great location could be difficult to decide. There are actually many factors to come up with a decision of where to stay and work and what to do.

That is why Work Visa Lawyers are here to help.

If you are skilled workers, Please book an appointment to talk to one of our professional Immigration Lawyers or Registered Migration Agents about the Employer Sponsorship program in Australia.

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The 10 Best Courses to Study in Australia for Permanent Residency in 2022

Australia has been known for exceptional high-quality education and a quality lifestyle, with four of its cities – Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, and Brisbane being in the top 10 livable cities the world over.

Australia is home to 43 universities, some of them in the world’s top 100 Universities.

Australia is a safe and welcoming country; most students want to settle in Australia and get Australian Permanent Residency.

It is to be mentioned here that only a qualification cannot get a Permanent residency in Australia; you would also need to work in your occupation for a year or two to secure PR options in Australia.  So, you must have a genuine interest in the subject you study, and you are willing to work in the area after completing your study.

Being in the migration industry long enough, we have seen many students push themselves into a course of study for PR purposes, and after a few months, they want to change their major because they did not have any interest in the subject.

To follow the article about “where I should study in Australia ”, international students may be in the middle of career pathway (Big cities with giant organizations and job opportunities to grow) and PR pathway (Regional areas with higher chances of getting permanent residency).

The 2 goals do not normally share the same way for most international students. So which states in Australia are the best for each type?

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Before choosing suitable courses to study, we may need to look at some points to understand better how you will get an Australian permanent residency.

There are two most popular visa streams to get Australian PR:

The standard requirements listed in those streams are:

  • Qualification of your study that meets the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)
  • Postive Skill Assessment
  • Work experience in nominated occupation
  • English and Age requirements

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Here we discuss a few courses from the Australian Permanent residency point of view.

Here are certain things you should consider about courses that can lead to Permanent Residency in Australia:

  • You must complete a minimum of two years of study in Australia, depending on the level or course of study.
  • Your study program should be CRICOS
  • You should apply for a PSWV (Post Study Work Visa 485) 485 visa or Temporary Graduate Visa 485 within six months of completing your course in Australia.
  • You must follow ANZSCO(Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations) job descriptions.


Best 10 courses to study to get PR Australia 2022:

  • Motor mechanic (MLTSSL)
  • Commercial Cookery ((MLTSSL))
  • Trades Courses (Building and Construction, Electrician, Wall and Floor Tiler...)
  • Engineering Professionals (Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Mining Engineer, Electrical Engineer...)
  • IT and Software Engineering (MLTSSL)
  • Health and Welfare Support Work
  • Social Work (MLTSSL)
  • Nursing (MLTSSL)
  • Teaching and Education (MLTSSL)
  • Medical (MLTSSL)

Best University Courses To Get PR Australia 2022 for International Students

The best Engineering courses to study in Australia for PR 2022

1. Engineering Professionals

Australia has a high demand for engineers in various fields, including

  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transport Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering, and
  • Petroleum Engineering

Many Universities offer Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) degrees in Australia. It is usually a 4-year full-time degree. You can jump up to PhD degree after the honours degree with many attractive scholarships.

Because of its high demand, it is usual that international students can secure post-graduate employment to get PR in the skilled migration program. As mentioned an employment can help you get an Australia PR with Skilled nominated visa 190, Skilled regional Visa 491 or even skilled independent visa 189.

Most engineering professionals are included in Australia's medium- and long-term skilled occupation list (MLTSSL) medium- and long-term skilled occupation list (MLTSSL), which maximizes options for skilled visas and employer sponsorship programs.

Skill assessment is not a big problem with engineer graduates in Australia having a bachelor’s or master’s degree for Skilled visa 491 or visa 190 and visa 189.

The skill assessing authority for Engineering workers is Engineers Australia (EA)

The most popular engineer professionals that get Australia permanent residency are civil engineering, Mining engineering, and mechanical engineer because of their higher opportunities for employment than others.

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2. IT and Software Engineer Courses

The technology industry is rising rapidly in Australia. With a boom in technology, there will be a high demand for IT security and software engineers.

Many big organizations are willing to offer an employer sponsorship TSS 482 visa if you are not eligible for state nomination.

However, studying IT in a regional area is a better choice for the Permanent residency pathway through visa 491 and visa 190 streams and career development, especially in developing regions like South Australia, ACT, and Tasmania.

The fields you may choose from include:

  • Cyber Security specialist
  • Analyst Programmer
  • Developer Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Applications Programmers
  • ICT business analyst

Usually, a bachelor’s degree in IT requires three-year full-time study in Australia, and a master’s in IT is for two years.

Skill assessment for IT graduates in Australia will either need a professional year program or 1-year work experience. 

It can be done with Australian Computer Society (ACS)

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3. Best Teaching and education courses to get PR for International Student in Australia 2022

Although this field has not been included in the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation list, it still is in demand in Australia.

A university qualification is required to work as a Teacher in Australia.

You may choose to complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree that might qualify you to become an early childhood teacher, primary school teacher, or secondary school teacher.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you may choose to study master’s in teaching.

Universities in Australia do run a double degree program for people who want to teach in a specific subject for, e.g., the University of Adelaide runs a ‘Bachelor of Teaching (Middle)/Bachelor of Music’ course, which can make you eligible to get registered as a teacher and build your expertise in some specific areas including music.

To get a job as a teacher, you will need to get yourself registered as a teacher after completing your course.

Teachers in demand in Australia include:

  • Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • University lecturer
  • Special Education Teachers

Typically, students who graduate a bachelor’s or master’s course in teaching and education will be eligible for skill assessment with AITLS, given that they have to satisfy the English requirement.

There is no job requirement for skill assessment but state nomination 190 or 491.

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4. Nursing

In its report in 2014, Health workforce Australia had predicted that there could be a shortfall of approx. 85000 nurses by 2025. Not to mention in this pandemic, a normal person can see that Registered Nurse has been in such high demand and has been prioritized for Permanent residency pathway through skilled visa 190 or 491 in each state, including popular states like Victoria and New South Wales.

Nursing is one of the most desired courses in the health industry in Australia and has very high prospects of getting PR because of its affordable courses and quick to get registration.  In the financial year 2020-2021, Registered Nurses have the highest number of skilled workers who have their skilled visas 491 and 190.

Bachelor of Nursing is usually a three-year full-time course.

There is a registration requirement for nurses before starting to work as a Nurse.

English requirement for being a registered nurse is relatively high but reasonable for a worker in the health industry.

As a registered nurse, you must work for three months to acquire a positive skill assessment from AHPRA.

Some of the specialties as a Registered Nurse you may choose from include:

  • Aged Care
  • Mental Health
  • Critical Care and Emergency
  • Medical
  • Perioperative
  • Midwife

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5. Medical

Studying medical degree like MBBS or MD in Australia can be expensive, plus it might take around 5 to 7 years for you to be eligible for PR based on this study. Still, it might be worth it if you have an interest because it is a highly paid job and demand is always there.

You may opt for specialization in medical fields such as:

  • General Practitioner
  • Resident Medical Officer
  • Psychiatrist
  • Medical Practitioners

Highly skilled medical professionals such as GP and Physio Therapist always have to register to work in Australia. The certification must be recognized in Australia.

A work experience will cover most of your requirements to get permanent residency in Australia with either skilled visas options or an Employer sponsorship program.

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6. Social Work

If you are the kind of person who likes helping and engaging with people, this career may be for you.

You may choose to do a Bachelor of Social Work or a Master of Social Work for entry into the social work profession. Graduates of accredited social work courses are eligible for membership of the AASW, a regulatory body for social workers.

Occupations related to social work that is currently on the medium and long term Strategic skill list (MLTSSL) are:

  • Social Worker

We have seen English language requirement is always an issue for social work graduate.

AASW – Skill assessing authority requires 7.0 in each band for social workers to get positive skill assessment.

Social work is getting much more popular to secure a permanent residency in Australia. However, there are a lot of prerequisites to study Master of Social Work in Australia.

Community workers might be easier than social work with their employability and English requirements waived if they have completed an accredited course to AASW.

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7. Health and Welfare support workers

Talking about a social worker, there are many occupations with lower skill level which also has an excellent pathway to Australian PR, which are:

  • Community worker
  • Welfare worker
  • Enrolled nurse
  • Youth worker
  • Disability service officer

During the pandemic, those skilled workers are in shortages more than ever.

Starting with just a diploma can also give you opportunities.  However, it is more straightforward and ideal to complete an accredited course from ACWA – skill assessing authority of Community workers and welfare workers for a simple requirement to get a positive skill assessment.

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Best Trade Courses to study for PR in Australia in 2022

Trade courses:

Trade occupations must complete a job-ready program to get a positive skill assessment from TRA with a minimum of 12 months full-time work experience or equivalent.

Be aware of trade courses graduates can only get 18-24 months temporary graduate visa 485

Nevertheless, trades workers are in very high demand in Australia, and if you have a good plan, you can get a permanent residency in Australia on a budget.

8. Motor Mechanic

You may look at studying a certificate 3 or 4 in Automotive. It is usually two years of full-time packaged study, including Certificate III, Certificate IV, and a management diploma.

Occupations on MLTSSL related to motor mechanics are:

  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Motor Mechanic, and
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic

Usually, your Job-ready program can be used for Skill assessment and state nomination.

A diesel motor mechanic enjoys the most accessible requirement for South Australia state nomination offshore with only two years of work experience and competent English for 190 or 491 visa options.

More about SA Further 259 occupations for skilled visa 491 and 190 Offshore here >

9. Hospitality

If you are interested in baking, cooking, hotel management, and tourism, you may look at doing at least two years of Diploma in hospitality, especially in Chef.

This course usually involves a compulsory vocational placement which exposes students to real-life work experience. Most of the posts are paid work.

However, the most popular pathway is to start to study a certificate 3 or 4 in Commercial cooking because of its way to temporary graduate visa 485.

Graduates need 485 to do the job-ready program and seek nominations from states.

Otherwise, a bachelor’s in hospitality management will do with at least three years of full-time study.

Skill assessments for Food trades workers require a job-ready program.

Hotel managers or restaurant or café managers must collect one year of work experience for a bachelor graduate or two years for a diploma.

With the opening border, Australia focuses more on tourism and hotel management. That is the reason why the hospitality sector is still trendy in the long run for Australia

10. Building and Construction

Suppose you are interested in a career in construction and have a tiny budget for a bachelor’s or master’s course. In that case, you may do a building and construction-related Vocational Education and training system.

This course may provide you with an opportunity to work for occupations like Bricklayer, Builder, Construction Estimator, Construction Project Manager, Wall and Floor Tiler, Roof Tiler.

Many applicants have worked as sole traders or subcontractors with building and construction businesses. It is very demanded in Australia, and the pay could be as high as other highly skilled workers.

Some of the other trade courses related to household appliances and furniture that have always been in demand in Australia include trade courses leading to employment opportunities such as Carpenter, Electrician, Welder, and Refrigeration AC Mechanic.

Our registered migration agent and immigration lawyers will walk you through your desired permanent residency with your chosen major and career.

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Medium TSS 482 Visa vs Short TSS 482 Visa: What's the difference? 482 Visa to PR Australia

There are a few substantial differences between the medium-term stream and the short-term stream of the TSS 482 visa.

At their core, both streams are part of the same temporary, skilled, employer-sponsored visa in Australia.

Many clients have made questions whether there is a pathway of 482 Visa to Permanent Residency.

Yes, even neither stream has an age requirement, but there is an age requirement for the ENS 186 visa that could be accessed via the Temporary Residence Transition stream if you hold a Visa subclass 482 in the medium-stream. This stream is a pathway to PR from 482 visa.

The key differences of are:

  • Length of stay in Australia
  • English test scores required
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement
  • Possibility for “renewal”
  • Availability of PR pathway (through ENS 186 visa temporary residence transition stream)

The English “exemptions” are the same for both streams (while the test scores required are different, where an “exemption” is not available).

Have a look at this TSS 482 Occupation List to determine which stream you are in.

There are many Employer Sponsored Visas in Australia, 482 Visa is the most popular amongst those. However, each scenarios will fit in each type of Sponsored Visa. 

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Medium TSS 482 visa vs Shot TSS 482 Visa

What determines the stream I am in?

With sponsored and skilled work visas, selecting the correct occupation is essential. If the wrong occupation is used, this can lead to refusal of nomination and/or visa application.

For TSS 482 visa, it is important this occupation is consistently used all the way through Labour Market Testing, nomination application, contract, visa application, work experience, skills assessment (if required).

For the TSS subclass 482 visa, you are in either the medium-term stream or the short-term stream based on your occupation. If your occupation is on the MLTSSL, then you would be in the medium-term stream. If your occupation is on the STSOL, then you would be in the short-term stream. Some occupations are on the regional-occupation list (ROL) , which has some perks of the medium-term stream (4-year visa) with some of the drawbacks of the short-term (not eligible for the 186 PR pathway).

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Cash for visa Scheme - What penalties could former MP Daryl Maguire face under s245AR for allegedly taking benefits for arranging sponsorship? Visa Scams in Australia

Cash for visa Scheme - What penalties could former MP Daryl Maguire face under s245AR for allegedly taking benefits for arranging sponsorship?  Visa Scams in Australia

Government corruption is a serious offence and needs to be dealt with accordingly. Daryl Maguire abused his position of power on more than one occasion, so why hasn't he faced any punishment?

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Major changes on PTE scores – Big winners for 485, student, partner visa applicants – GSM 190/491/189 heavily impacted

Major changes on PTE scores – Big winners for 485, student, partner visa applicants – GSM 190/491/189 heavily impacted

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On 01 December 2020, Pearson PTE has made major changes on PTE test score range. Thousands of international students and visa applicants may potentially impacted by such changes. 

By the time of writing this blog on 04 December 2020, the Department of Home Affairs have not yet made any changes to Australian visa English requirements in response to PTE Academic changes on score range.

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