When it comes to acquiring a temporary work visa, Queensland Migration Practice are the immigration experts. We apply our deep understanding of both Australian law and the processes used by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to help our clients get the temporary skilled work visa they need, when they need it.
What is a 457 Visa?
A 457 visa allows its holder to live in Australia and work for their sponsoring company for up to 4 years. This skilled temporary visa is a pathway to residence used by individuals interested in immigrating to Australia permanently if their nominated occupation is listed on the Medium and Long Term Strategic List.
This is because the 457 visa also allows its holder to bring their eligible dependents to Australia for work or study, and there is no limit to the number of times primary and secondary temporary work visa holders can come and go from Australia.
As the 457 visa was designed to help meet skill shortages in the Australian labour market, it can only be obtained by people with skills in certain occupations. These occupations are listed on the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (‘MLTSSL’) and Short Term Skilled Occupation List (‘STSOL’). If your occupation is listed on the MLTSSL, you will be provided with a pathway to be nominated for permanent residency upon working for your employer for a period of three years. If your occupation is listed on the STSOL, you will be provided with a pathway to obtain a temporary visa for a period of up to two years with a possible further renewal onshore. You can click here to see the MLTSSL list or click here to see the STSOL list.
How to Apply for a Temporary Work Visa
There are three stages to employing a skilled worker under the subclass 457 visa program:
- Employer applies to be a sponsor
- Employer nominates a position
- Employee applies for a visa.
The government requires businesses to get the “standard business sponsor” status so that both you and the government can be sure that:
- The business you are working for is law abiding and has a reliable structure
- The business sponsoring you is in a sound financial position
- The training activities of the business meet the Department of Immigration’s benchmarks (if the business is operating in Australia)
In some industries, formal arrangements between employers and the Australian government called “labour agreements” must be reached before overseas workers can be recruited. Your sponsoring company may employ you under a “labour agreement” if:
- You’re being sponsored for a job in the meat or on-hire industries
- There is a skill shortage within the industry you’re being sponsored in, but the sponsored position isn’t on the approved occupation list
- Other unique requirements stop the business from sponsoring you under a standard business sponsorship
This can be lodged at the same time as the business applies to become a “standard business sponsor” or lodges their “labour agreement”, but nomination can’t be done before this first step.
At Queensland Migration Practice, we facilitate this nomination process by making sure that all applications are made properly. We do this by helping you:
- Provide the proper documentation
- Ensure the correct nomination fees are paid on time
- Ensure the nominating business meets all of its legal requirements
- Make sure you’ve got the right qualifications, skills and experience needed for approval
- Meet any additional requirements
Whether you need a temporary skilled visa for a job that is already listed, or you’d like permission to start working in a new position, we are here to make sure all processes are done right, the first time.
The third and most important step in the 457 visa acquisition process is for you, the person the employer has nominated for the position, to apply for the 457 visa.
Main Requirements for Temporary Skilled Work Visa Applicants
The main requirements you must satisfy to obtain a temporary skilled work visa are:
- You must show you have the skill level required for the nominated occupation
- The nominated position has to be on the MLTSSL or STSOL list, or a labour agreement must be reached
- The English language requirement must be met: An IELTS overall test score of at least 5.0 with a score of at least 4.5 in each of the four test components is required for most occupations
- You must pay for and pass all the necessary health checks and obtain health insurance
- You may be required to prove you’re of good character by providing police certificates from countries you’ve previously lived in
How Queensland Migration Practice Can Help You
We understand that the sheer number of prerequisites and paperwork involved with getting a 457 temporary skilled work visa can be overwhelming.
Fortunately, we have helped hundreds of international workers obtain permission to live and work in Australia, by offering assistance in the following areas:
Because we have a thorough understanding of the way the system works – from sponsorship to nomination to application and approval – Queensland Migration Practice will help you provide all of the relevant documentation as quickly as possible, so that the whole process goes smoothly.
We’ll advise you on the easiest ways to obtain:
- Relevant documents to support your application
- Translations of documents that are not in English
- Any required police certificates or background checks
- Proof of any required certification, registration or licensing
- Sufficient employment references and resumes
- Proof of English language proficiency
- Proof of intended residence
With all of these documents secured before you lodge your application, you’ll have a much better chance at a fast, problem-free, temporary work visa approval.
Matching Skills with Employers
So that you have the best chance at success, we review your applications to make sure they align with the qualifications, experience and licencing required by your potential employer.
If your visa requires that you prove you have particular skills required for the nominated occupation, we’ll also help you complete your migration skills assessment.
Fees & Charges
All skilled temporary visa applications must be lodged with the correct visa application fee, which is why we help you identify and process all payments required. These usually include:
Primary Application: $1,060
Additional Applicant (Over 18 years of age): $1,060
Additional Applicant (Under 18 years of age): $265
*Prices are subject to change without notice. Please note that if you are applying for your second temporary visa in Australia, each applicant may be subject to an additional $700 charge.
In some cases, the Australian government has put in place streamlined processing arrangements to help executives, managers and specialists or those on an intracompany transfer easily obtain 457 visas. We’ll identify if you’re eligible for a fast tracked application so that you can start working as soon as possible.
In addition to helping our clients obtain 457 visas, we also advise migrant workers about the easiest way to bring their family members including spouses, de facto partners, and children to Australia. With our thorough understanding of all the legislation surrounding secondary visa applications, we’ll make sure you don’t have to be away from your loved ones for any longer than necessary.
Changes to Your Circumstances
If your circumstances change while you are working, you may need to notify the department. We’ll help you keep track of what documentation or applications you are required to lodge during your stay in Australia.
We will help you identify and apply for any additional visas you may need once your 457 has run out, so that you can continue to travel to or stay in Australia if you wish.
The department aims to finalise 457 visa applications within 2 to 7 months. However, with Queensland Migration Practice helping you meet these requirements, this time frame can often be significantly reduced.
Your Employer’s Sponsorship Obligations
In order to protect migrant workers while they are employed in Australia, the government has put certain anti-exploitation measures in place. We will work with you and your employer to ensure that these obligations are understood by both parties before we commence the process.
These sponsorship obligations include:
- Cooperation with inspectors
- Provision of employment terms and conditions that are equivalent to those offered to Australians or meet the remuneration agreed upon under the labour agreement
- Payment of travel costs to enable the sponsored persons to leave Australia, where costs have been requested in writing
- Keeping all required records (travel requests and costs, tasks performed in your occupation, wages, money dealt with on your behalf, other non-monetary benefits you receive, how your training obligations were met, and any labour agreement records)
- Ensuring you work or participate in your nominated occupation, programme or activity
457 Visa Holder Wages
All workers in Australia are entitled to workplace rights established by industrial instruments like minimum wage and enterprise agreements.
Under a temporary skilled work visa, the skilled worker must be paid the appropriate market salary for the position, the minimum wage being $53,900.00.
Taxation is taken automatically from your pay in Australia, and you must apply for a Tax File Number from the ATO before you start work.
Contact Queensland Migration Practice Today
If you’re considering applying for a 457 temporary skilled work visa in Australia, call Queensland Migration Practice today.
We will gladly help you establish whether your skill-set meets the requirements for a 457 visa, and assist you with the application process, from providing impeccable paperwork, to sourcing documents, to helping you meet the practical health and English requirements.
Do you need more information? Contact us today for an assessment of your visa eligibility and options, or an explanation of the instructions on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Just call (07) 3360 0845 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll provide you with everything you need to get started on your way towards obtaining an Australian skilled temporary visa.