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