Temporary 457 visa
Matters essential to meet for visa application
This is the part of the procedure which the visa applicant must meet. The 457 visa applicant must be able to select an occupation from the new Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) - July 2012.
Minimum English of IELTS 5 in all 4 components applies to 457 visa applicants from all countries except NZ, USA, Ireland United Kingdom and Canada.
Generally speaking, an applicant must have relevant skills and preferably experience to carry out the nominated occupation. Certain occupations from certain countries (listed in the TRA’s 457 Guidelines ) require a 457 skills assessment prior to visa grant .
Applicants seeking nomination in occupations or industries required licensing must show that they have the necessary license or at least be eligible to do so.
457 Visa Health Insurance
457 visa applicants are responsible for their own health coverage and are required to show a letter from an acceptable health insurer before a visa will be approved. We can assist you in selection of a health insurer. See my 457 visa blog for more details.
Processing and Cost
As with all visa categories, processing times vary from office to office and from time to time, subject to DIAC workloads. Currently nominations are being processed within 2-3 weeks and complete visa applications where the company is already a sponsor is between 3-4 weeks. Sponsorships lodged without query are being decided within 2-4 weeks, often sooner.
Professional fees and charges for sponsorship, nomination and visa application (including government application fees) will be advised upon request as they may vary in the circumstances.
Pathways to Permanent Residence (ENS & RSMS)
Employment on a sponsored 457 visa is one of the preferred pathways to sponsored permanent residency (PR) under the Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS & RSMS). It is particularly useful for applicants already in Australia (on-shore applicants), who for some reason or other are unable to obtain a skill assessment.
The two usual pathways for sponsored ENS PR are firstly, the Temporary Transition pathway by working on a 457 visa for two of the 3 years prior to applying for permanent residency and secondly, the Direct Entry pathway by lodging a skill assessment in the chosen gazetted occupation, together with at least 3 years post-qualification experience. - Please go to my ENS visa page and my ENS visa blog to see the other and additional changes to the ENS.
Both the ENS and RSMS require the employer to sponsor the applicant (or nominate in the case of the ENS).
ENS together with RSMS (its regional version) have different requirements and conditions so please go to our ENS Visa page for further information.
For more information on Employer Sponsors please click on the link.