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SPONSORING A TEMPORARY OVERSEAS EMPLOYEE TO AUSTRALIA
The 457 visa allows businesses to recruit and employ staff from overseas (non-residents) for temporary entry with a right to be employed, in Australia for a period between 3 months to 4 years.
There are three steps involved to obtain a 457 visa for an overseas employee:
STEP 1: Pre-Qualified Business Sponsorship "(PQBS)" / Standard Business Sponsorship "(SBS)"
PQBS is for employers seeking to bring an unlimited number of people to Australia over a two-year period. PQBS status is normally suitable for larger, established businesses.
SBS is for employers seeking to sponsor a specified number of people within a 12 month period. The sponsorship status is valid for the specified number of nominations, or up to 12 months from the date of approval, whichever occurs first.
To apply for approval as a business sponsor, the business must provide details to:
STEP 2: Nomination
The Employer needs to nominate each of the positions they wish to fill with an expatriate, once the business sponsor status has been obtained. The nomination must relate to an occupation, which meets a minimum skill threshold covering managerial, professional, associate professional and trade occupations. The nominated position must also be remunerated at a minimum salary level equivalent to average weekly earnings.
STEP 3: Visa Application
The person identified to fill the nominated vacancy must apply for a visa to enter or remain in Australia. The location of the nominee determines whether the application is lodged in Australia or overseas. The nominee needs to demonstrate that he/she has qualifications and skills which match that of the nominated position and must be offered employment at a salary of not less than average weekly earnings. The dependent family members of the applicant can be included in the application.
The actual visa application cannot be determined before the approval of the nomination application by the employer.
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