The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) allows skilled workers to come to Australia and work for an approved business for up to:
- Four years after it is granted – if your occupation is listed on the MLTSSL;
- Two years after it is granted – if your occupation is on the list of eligible skilled occupations but is not listed on the MLTSSL.
This visa is now closed, in March 2018, the 457 Visa was replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage – Subclass 482 TSS Visa. On 18 April 2017, the Prime Minister of Australia and the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection announced that the Subclass 457 Visa (Temporary Work) will be abolished and replaced with the new TSS Visa (Subclass 482).
Most employers will apply for approval as a Standard Business Sponsor. The approval generally lasts for 3 years and there is a limit to the number of employees who can be sponsored over this time.
The application for a company sponsorship visa consists of 3 parts:
- Visa Application.