SUBCLASS 457 EMPLOYER SPONSORED TEMPORARY VISA

What is a Subclass 457 visa and who is it for?

A 457 visa is an Australian visa which allows skilled workers and their families to live in Australia and work for their employers for up to four years in their skilled occupation.

Applicants either find themselves an employer willing to sponsor them, or they can set up and use their own company to sponsor them if they can show there is a genuine need for the position (It's vital you contact a Registered Migration Agent to assist you with this type of application).

Applicants must nominate occupation listed on the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) - and meet the skills requirements for the occupation.

Prospective 457 employers must be an approved business sponsor to sponsor employees on 457 visas.

After the employer becomes an approved business sponsor and nominates the prospective employee, visa applicants can then apply for a 457 visa based on the employer's nomination.

The 457 visa holder must work exclusively for the sponsoring employer unless they make arrangements to transfer their 457 visa to another employer or transition to an Employer Nominated permanent residence visa or switch to another type of visa.

The team at STEADFAST SERVICES Here We come has had huge successes with 457 visas and we lodge hundreds each year on behalf of our clients. We the masters in setting up companies to sponsor you, with all the advantages that it brings.

Call STEADFAST SERVICES Here We Come on +91 9393093950 to arrange a consultation, or book a consultation online and we'll assess your prospects of success with this visa type. We are the experts in Australian Visas.

 

HOW DO I GO FROM A 457 VISA TO PERMANENT RESIDENCE?

There are a couple of ways to convert your 457 visa to permanent residence through your employer.

Depending on where your employer is located you can either be nominated for a subclass 186 permanent residence visa through the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) or be nominated for a subclass 187 visa through the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).

Converting your 457 visa to an Employer Nominated (ENS) 186 visa

There are two pathways to the subclass 186 Employer Nominated visa from the subclass 457 visa.

1. Temporary Residence Transition stream

Typically, most employees spend two years on a 457 visa with their employer and then get their employer to nominate them for a subclass 186 Employer Nominated permanent residence visa.

2. Direct Entry stream

It you have worked for at least three years at a skilled level in your current occupation it is not necessary to wait until you have spent at least two years with your current employer on a 457 visa before you can be nominated for an Employer Nominated visa.

Provided you meet the criteria for a skills assessment in your occupation and you can prove that you have worked for at least three years at a skilled level (usually this means post qualification) in your occupation it is possible for your employer to nominate you for an Employer Nominated ENS visa through the Direct Entry stream.

Converting your 457 visa to a Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) 187 visa

An employee can only be nominated for a subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa by an employer with a business which operates in Regional Australia. Click here for a list of Regional Australia postcodes.

There are two pathways for an employee on a 457 visa to move to a 187 visa.

1. Temporary Residence Transition stream

Most employees spend two years on a 457 visa with their employer before being nominated for a subclass 187 RSMS visa.

2. Direct Entry stream

It is also possible to be nominated for a 187 visa without spending two years with your employer on a 457 visa.

Applicants working in a trade occupation who can meet the criteria for a skills assessment can be nominated for and apply for a 187 visa as soon as they obtain a positive skills assessment in their occupation.

Applicants working in a professional occupation who have formal qualification in their occupation or who can prove they have worked in their occupation for either three or five years, depending on their occupation, can be nominated for and apply for a 187 visa straight away, without spending two years with their employer on a 457 visa.

STEADFAST SERVICES Here We Come has a great team of Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers ready to help you transition from your 457 visa to permanent residence.