Employer Sponsored Visas

VisaEnvoy offers professional services to employers with all Sponsorship, Nomination, Visa applications, ENS and RSMS applications including regional certifying bodies.

With extensive experience representing the world’s largest corporations, SMEs, and start-ups, VisaEnvoy are well placed to assist with all issues in relation to the employer sponsored visa process, including business sponsorship applications, nomination applications, compliance and sponsorship bars.

Related: Sponsorship Visas

The main Employer Sponsorship visas are:

TSS Visa (Temporary Skill Shortage Visa)- Subclass 482

Employer Nomination (186 Visa) Permanent



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Employer Sponsored Visas allow skilled overseas workers to live and work in Australia for their nominating Australian employer. Visa applicants must be qualified or have sufficient experience working in an occupation listed on the relevant Skilled Occupation List.
Visa options for skilled sponsored workers
​This table lets you compare sponsored visas for skilled workers. You can sponsor someone to come to Australia permanently or temporarily to fill a nominated skilled role.

If you want to sponsor someone to travel to Australia for other short-term work or activities, or for training.

Visa Length Unique features Skill or qualification requirements
Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS)(subclass 482) 1-4 years
  • Workers can only work for you or an associated entity unless exempt from this requirement
  • Workers must work only in nominated occupation
  • You can’t change the occupation without a new nomination
  • Worker must have the skills to perform the nominated occupation
  • Worker must have 2 years work experience in the occupation or a related field
Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) Permanent
  • No geographical restrictions
  • The employment will be for at least a period of 2 years after visa grant
  • Direct Entry stream applicants require a skills assessment (unless exempt)
  • Relevant registration or licensing must be held if required
Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) 5 years
  • Work must be in a designated regional area
  • The employment will be for at least a period of 5 years after visa grant
  • Employer Sponsored stream applicants require a skills assessment (unless exempt)
  • Relevant registration or licensing must be held if required

Other criteria apply to these visas. Consult the visa specific page for more complete details on the criteria for the grant of each visa type.

When you become a standard business sponsor, you canSponsor someone to work for you on a Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482).

Pathways to apply for Permanent Residency on a Medium Term TSS 482 Visa: Applicants on a TSS visa have a pathway to permanent residency through the Employer Sponsored Temporary Transition Stream (ENS/RSMS) if: your occupation is on the Medium Term list. have worked for the same employer for 3 years on your TSS visa.

By the end of 2023, the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme SC 186 will be amended.

Sponsored visa holders will be eligible for ENS TRT after two years (down from three years) of sponsorship on a TSS by their employer.