February 26, 2011 4:48 am

457 Visas – Do I Qualify?

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Do I qualify for 457 Visa Sponsorship?

Sponsorship Australia receives this question often, and have decided to help you to work it out for yourself.

There is a list of occupations that qualify for 457 visas, and you can view the entire list here: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2011L00246

This is list is quite strong and in many cases includes occupations that have been removed from the general skilled migration (GSM) lists. 

Although there have been many changes to the GSM over the past year, which has meant bad news for many skilled overseas nationals; the employer sponsored route has become a stronger method for migrating to Australia, in our opinion.

For one, employer sponsorship applications are prioritised over other visa applications.  This means that it is now faster than ever to migrate to Australia via employer sponsorship, and in some cases 457 applications can process as quickly as two weeks.

Secondly, with the GSM route cutting many skilled migrants out; there are less skilled “new Australians” available for Australian employers to hire, and they are therefore becoming more open to sponsoring overseas candidates.

Thirdly, employers no longer have to wait months for applications to process and it is now a lot faster and easier for them to hire someone from overseas, particularly on 457 visas.

If you review the list (http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2011L00246) and find that there is an occupation on that list that fits your experience, particularly if you have at least 10 years’ experience in your field; then you have a very good chance of qualifying for sponsorship – and finding sponsored employment.

Some occupations require that you complete a skills assessment, and if you are from a non-English speaking country, you will need to complete your IELTS to prove your English language ability.  This is particularly the case if you work in a profession that requires a licence to work in Australia, such as trades and medical professions.  You will also need to prove that you have a strong English language ability for occupations that require a strong command of English communication skills, such as recruitment and customer-facing roles.

You will have to do individual research into the requirements of your occupation to find out the full requirements of being sponsored under your occupation, so that you can ensure that you meet all criteria.

If you would prefer to have a professional assist you with determining whether you qualify for sponsorship, and what the requirements of qualifying are; you can book a Professional Migration Assessment with one of our Registered Australian Migration Agents, here: http://www.nabthatjob.com/helpmemigrate.htm .

Our agents can assist you through the entire process, including applying for your skills assessment, to assisting you with your employer sponsorship application once you have found an Australian employer who is willing to sponsor you.

The benefit of having a migration consultation to determine whether you qualify for sponsorship is that they can provide you with alternative options that you qualify for (such as State Sponsorship), if you do not qualify they can guide you on how to meet the criteria so that you can qualify in the near future; and it also gives you the peace of mind and confidence to pursue your employer sponsorship search in Australia.

Click here to make an appointment with our Registered Australian Migration Agents now.

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Resources:

Subclass 457 Visa Legislative Instruments: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/skilled-workers/legislative-instruments/

Requirements for 457 Visa Sponsorship: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/booklets/books9.pdf

Occupations Eligible for 457 Visas: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2011L00246

Registered Australian Migration Agents: http://www.nabthatjob.com/helpmemigrate.htm

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