A globalised workforce is a successful workforce in today’s mobile and fast-paced workforce.  Regardless of what industry you’re in, taking your workforce internationally will help secure your place in the global marketplace.

More and more employers are migrating their workforce to Australia for many reasons.  If you find yourself in a situation where you have the chance to work in Australia sponsored by your employer, there are some things to know about the process and requirements.  Here’s what you need to know about Employee-Sponsored Migration to Australia.

Jobs Are Classified Under the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

The combined list is what drives Employee-Sponsored Migration.  Jobs found on this list that can’t be fulfilled by the domestic Australian workforce can be filled with an international worker who applies for an Employer-Nominated Visa (subclass 186).

Skilled workers who are in Australia temporarily usually obtain a 457 visa – those with goals to remain in Australia permanently try to transition to a 186 visa as it does allow for permanent residence for skilled workers.

There are tons of jobs on the combined list, so if you’ve ever been interested in working and living in Australia and your employer is looking for a team to globalize the company, employer sponsored migration may be a great move for you.

Going from Temporary to Permanent

Skilled workers who have lived in Australia and worked at their company for at least two years are eligible to apply for the Employer-Sponsored Visa.  As the name implies, it has to be sponsored by the employer to provide permanent residence in Australia.

Fortunately, globalizing the workforce is not only a trend right now, it’s simply a good business decision.  With your workforce out in the international marketplace you have a chance to become a major player on a global scale.

It’s also possible to obtain a permanent visa without first obtaining the 457 temporary visa.  The 457 visa is the preferred route because it is a very streamlined process and is especially helpful for employees who need to begin working on short notice.

While the 186 visa is a much lengthier process, if employees are committed to working and staying in Australia permanently, obtaining the 186 visa first is a great way to cut down on applying for and obtaining extra visas.  This is a direct way to work and live in Australia for the long-term.

The Assessment

When applying for a 186 permanent resident visa, you’ll be assessed on a wide range of topics.  You’ll be assessed on things like English language skills, health, age, a character assessment, your understanding of local markets and much more.

It’s important to take the assessment seriously – look over resources and understand the market in the area so you can confidently pass the assessment.  If your employer’s goal is to expand the workforce into Australia, your goals should align with theirs.  It’s also a great honour to be chosen for a migration opportunity and you were chosen for a reason!

How Can We Help?

Our team of specialists can help you with every step of the migration process – from initial questions and advice to making the final transition to Australia, we are here to support you every step of the way.

We know that migrating internationally can be a confusing process.  There are so many requirements to permanently live and work in Australia, and you shouldn’t have to go through it alone.  We have the experience and resources to guide you through the process.  Let our team help your migration be a smooth one!

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