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Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 Visa

The subclass 457 visa program is the most commonly used program by employers sponsoring skilled migrants to work in Australia on a temporary basis.

Under this program, an employer applies to be a sponsor and then nominates both the occupation that needs filling and the employee that they wish to sponsor. The selected candidate then applies for a subclass 457 visa. 

Subclass 457 - quick facts
  • Temporary visa (valid up to four years).
  • Available to Australian or overseas employers.
  • Businesses can be located anywhere in Australia.
  • Sponsorships are generally valid for three years (standard) or for 12 months for start-up businesses.
  • There is no limit on 457 visas that may be obtained if the employer wishes to re-sponsor their employee.  
  • After two years a 457 visa holder may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Temporary Residence Transition scheme for permanent employer sponsored visas.
  • Employers can source qualified skilled migrants via SkillSelect

What is the application process?

If an employer and employee can meet the requirements of the subclass 457 visa, there is a three-step application process (for new sponsors):

Step 1. Employer applies to be a sponsor.

Step 2. Employer nominates the occupation to be filled by the prospective subclass 457 visa holder.

Step 3. The employee nominated to work in the nominated occupation applies for a subclass 457 visa.

Streamlined pathway for employers to transition eligible employees to permanent residency

Victorian employers now have two options to transition eligible temporary employees who have skills that are in shortage in Victoria, to permanent residency.

Employer Sponsorship

Employers can sponsor subclass 457 visa holders to fill skilled vacancies in their business through either the Employer Nomination Scheme or the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme. Participating employers must meet the required conditions and obligations to sponsor employees through this pathway.

State Nomination

The Victorian Government offers a streamlined pathway to state nomination for current or recent subclass 457 visa holders. Applications for this pathway will be processed within two weeks compared to the standard 12 week processing time. 

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