How exciting is this? I get to share my knowledge about work visas for Australia! If you are nervous about applying for a working visa, don't worry. After reading this article, all your fears and nervousness will crawl out of your head and disappear. You'll know every little thing there is to know about the documents you need and the application process (and some extra tips and tricks).
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A work visa is a visa that allows you to work in a country. In this case, it would be Australia. This visa can be a temporary (short-term) visa or a permanent visa (3 months). After receiving the work visa, you are eligible to work in Australia for as long as your visa allows.
I'll discuss both temporary and permanent visas that you can apply for to work in Australia.
Quick tip: make sure you apply for the correct type of work visa. You can take a free assessment online to help you figure out which visa suits you best.
Short-term work visas are visas that only allow you to work in Australia for a short period.
A Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) is the perfect option for young people worldwide. Working Holiday visa holders are able to work in Australia while funding your holiday. The Working Holiday visa has an age limit and is only available for people between the ages of 18 and 30. To apply for this visa you need a passport from an eligible country.
Working Holiday Visas for Australia are only valid for 12 months.
Quick note: There is a Work and holiday (subclass 462) visa that is the same as a Working Holiday visa. The only difference is the countries that are eligible for the visa.
The new Skilled Regional (subclass 491) visa allows skilled eligible workers and their family to live, work and study in certain places in regional Australia for 5 years. Visa holders can apply for permanent residency after 3 years.
The temporary skill shortage visa (subclass 482) is a temporary visa that is valid for either 1 or 4 years, depending on your nominated occupation and circumstances. This Australian work visa enables employers to address labor shortages by bringing in genuinely skilled migrants who cannot find an appropriately qualified Australian.
You may be eligible for this visa as an overseas worker if you
Before you can apply for a temporary skill shortage visa, your employer must lodge a nomination application for you. Your employer will only be able to do this if they applied to be a standard business sponsor or if they already are an approved sponsor.
Several documents are required to apply for the subclass 482 visa program. The following documents you'll need are:
The application process has very few steps, and it is easy. These steps are as follows:
If you submit a paper application, all your documents must be verified copies of the originals.
The cost of a TSS visa for Australia is about AUD1,290, although it would be wise to check the amount before applying as the cost can change
A long-term Australia work visa is a visa that allows you to work for an extended period in Australia. Some of the visas include permanent residency.
The Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa is a permanent visa that allows Australian employers to sponsor highly skilled workers to live and work in Australia. It is essential that you have all the relevant qualifications and/or work experience to be able to fill that position.
Quick note: There are 3 different streams to this visa which I will discuss in depth later in the article**
The ENS visa has three general visa requirements for all applicants and particular requirements depending on which stream you apply.
These general requirements are:
Unless exempt, meet the qualifications, skills, and English language requirements.
There are certain documents that you have to submit with your application. The documents you need for your subclass 186 visa are the following:
The application for the work visa is as follows:
The processing times for the ENS visa is not known. It could take months for the DHA to make a decision or they can decide in a matter of days.
The working visa will cost you AUD 4,045. Although these costs can change or additional fees, check how much it costs before applying.
Determine under which stream you should apply. Each stream has its own requirements, and you need to make sure that you meet all of them.
The Temporary Residence Transition stream allows applicants who have had a Temporary (Skill) visa subclass 457 with a nominating employer to apply for permanent residence.
There are a few requirements to get approved under this stream, the nominating employer must:
The nominated position must:
The visa applicant must:
This second stream allows applicants who do not meet the Temporary Residence Transition stream requirements to be nominated for permanent residence in Australia.
To be approved under the Direct Entry stream the nominating employer must:
The nominated position must be:
The visa applicant must:
Labor Agreement Stream is for applicants who are nominated by an Australian employer who has entered into a Labor Agreement. Labor Agreements are accords between the Australian Government and Australian business owners that allow Australian employers to sponsor foreign workers when there is a shortage in the labor market.
Citizens of New Zealand do have the option of working and living permanently in Australia without a permanent resident visa. Citizens are granted a temporary SCV visa which allows them to do so but it does not grant them the same the same rights as an Australia permanent citizen or resident.
Now you can go "throw a shrimp on the barbie" and relax. No more stressing out about applying for your Australian work visa. So grab your work permit and scuba gear and dive into the opportunities presented to you!
SkillSelect is an online application process that enables skilled workers interested in Australia through the submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI).
A sufficient amount is generally a minimum of AUD 5,000.
A visa is a document acquired by someone to enter a specific country whereas a work permit is an employment letter issued by an employer to the employee needed for them to enter the country.