Please note: As of March 2018 the Subclass 457 visa was abolished and has now been replaced with the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) (subclass 482) visa.
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The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) visa
The subclass 457 visa is the most common visa Australian employers use to sponsor skilled workers from overseas.
It allows visa holders to work for up to 4 years under the sponsorship of their employer. The business that sponsors an overseas skilled worker must be an approved Standard Business Sponsor to be able to sponsor someone to work on a 457.
The subclass 457 visa is a three stage process:
First Stage: The business must apply to become a Standard Business Sponsor to be able to nominate an overseas skilled worker in their company.
Second Stage: The approved business sponsor is required to lodge a nomination for a position in the business that is required to be filled.
Third Stage: The prospective applicant needs to make an application for a subclass 457 visa.
The subclass 457 visa application is required to be lodged either after the sponsorship and nomination or at the same time.
Criteria for 457 Nomination
For a business to sponsor an employee under a 457 work visa, employers are required to apply with the Department to receive an approval for the nomination.
The main criteria for a nomination approval are:
- The position must be on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL)
- The position must be remunerated at the industry market rate and that market rate must be at or above the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT)
- The terms and conditions of employment must be no less favourable than what would be offered to an Australian citizen or Permanent resident
- In some cases, Labour Market Testing is required, which requires the employer to show evidence they have attempted to recruit Australian citizens and/or Permanent residents in the position prior to seeking overseas skilled labour
Criteria for a 457 Visa Application
Once an application for Standard Business Sponsorship and a Nomination have been applied for or approved the prospective employee must make an application to obtain a subclass 457 visa to allow them to work lawfully in Australia.
The main criteria for an application are:
- Have the necessary skills and/or qualifications of the nominated position they have been nominated under
- Hold the required licensing and/or registration required for their occupation if applicable
- Obtain and maintain private health insurance for the duration of their stay in Australia
- Must meet the English language requirement as set out for 457 visas