Employer Sponsorship

Employee Sponsorship Visa Pathways - 482, 186, 494

Every year, thousands of Australian employers broaden their talent pool by sponsoring onshore or offshore workers.

But the process of employing foreign skilled workers isn’t always easy.

There are several pathways you can take – the Temporary Skills Shortage 482 visa, the permanent Employer Nomination Scheme 186 visa (with two pathways) and the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)  494 visa.

Let us guide you through which pathway is the best option for your candidate – and your company.

Benefits of employing foreign skilled workers

      ✓ Retain existing staff who are currently on temporary visas

      ✓ Fill known skills gaps in your industry or region

      ✓ Widen your talent pool to non-Australian candidates

      ✓ Bring different skills, experiences and perspectives into your workplace

      ✓ Increase innovation and competitiveness in specialist roles

If you have an employee on a temporary visa that you would like to keep on, please book an Employer Discovery Session with us now. We always give open and honest feedback, and can tell you what will work and what won’t.

Visa Options

Temporary Visa - 482 and 494

Temporary visas are a good option for businesses’ who have found their ideal candidate and want to get them here quickly, or who only have a short term skills need (2-6 years).

Categories Include:

  • The Temporary Skills Shortage 482 visa 
  • The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) 494 visa

Permanent Visa - 186 and 191

Permanent visa pathways give both employers and their staff certainty. This option allows you to fill skills needs in your business over the long term (more than 2 years).

Categories Include:

  • The permanent Employer Nomination Scheme 186 visa
  • The permanent Regional Employer Sponsored 191 visa

Not sure where to start? Start here

Download your Aspire Australia guidebook Choosing the right employer sponsorship option for your business and receive bonus material that will walk you through the process, step-by-step.

✓ Compare employer sponsored visa pathways
✓ Understand the criteria that apply to you
✓ Discover the costs and timeline
✓ Learn how a migration agent can help

Our approach

Aspire Australia goes a step further than most migration agencies.

We’re not migration agents… we’re Migration SuperHeroes! 

At least that’s what we’re told.

We will guide you through the process and ensure you understand your obligations. We will also help your candidate (the nominee) so that you can feel confident of a successful result.

When things get hard or you lose faith, we will be here fighting the good fight – for you.

Refusals cost valuable time and money. We follow the rules – and make sure you do too – so that the application is right the first time.

Common Questions

Where do I start?

Understanding your options as an employer is the first step. 

Choosing the right pathway depends on factors such as timeframe, location and occupation.

For an overview of your options, download our guidebook: Choosing the right employer sponsorship option for your business.

Then, book your appointment.

The earlier you seek advice on the best visa option for your business and the evidence you will need to sponsor a worker the better decisions you can make. Getting advice is a key step, even if you haven’t started recruitment yet.

Do I really need a migration agent?

We are biased, but yes!

Migration law is complex and subject to Government changes. A migration agent provides advice, prepares applications and liaises with the Department of Home Affairs on your behalf.

We believe that rules show us the pathway to what’s possible. Keeping on top of the current rules means that we offer the right advice.  

Why Aspire Australia?

Here at Aspire Australia we go above and beyond to ensure an approval ready visa. 
Over 25+ years in the industry we have built a 7-Step Proven Pathway to lead our clients to success.

1. We will create and deliver your personalised MAP: Migration Action Plan to achieve the outcome your business needs. We will help you understand what’s possible and give you a guide for what’s next.

2.  We’ll provide you with a tailored Start-up Kit to help you gather the data and documents we need to prepare an approval-ready application.

3. We will then work closely with you to ‘close the gaps’ and make sure all the key pieces of evidence are ready.

4. Our specialist lodgement staff will carefully collate your material to submit to the Department of Home Affairs. Our attention to detail means a quicker outcome for you.

5. We don’t stop at lodgement. We represent you through the whole process, liaising with the Department of Home Affairs and other bodies on your behalf.

6. It’s time to celebrate. We will let you know the outcome of your application – it’s our favourite part of our job.

7. We will make sure you have everything in place to be 100% compliant. Half of all approved business sponsors are monitored, and more than 10% are visited on-site by the Department of Home Affairs within the first year. We make sure you don’t get caught out.

This means you always know where you stand, what you have to do next and why.

We will be with you every step of the way.

Start by booking your appointment with us today.


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