Introduction

Australia is a great country to live, work and settle. If you like the idea of Australia's climate and lifestyle and are looking for a career challenge in a country with lots of opportunities - take the next step to find out more about Australia's skilled working visas.

To work, you must hold a valid Australia visa with work rights. There are many work visa options available including temporary and permanent visas under the Employer Sponsored Visa program. The most popular work visas are the skilled work visas, whereby the applicant works in sustainable employment while contributing to the Australian community. 

Aus migration visaworkintro 

Employer sponsored categories comparison chart

Visa
type
Visa
duration
SkillSelect expression of interest (EOI) required Sponsorship
required
Required
to work
in
regional
Australia
Points
tested
visa
Skill/qualification
requirements
Other eligibility
requirements
Temporary Work (Skilled) visa From one day up to four years SkillSelect EOI is optional for this visa Yes, by an employer No, unless approved prior to September 2009 under regional certification arrangement No Occupation must be on the prevailing Consolidated Skilled Occupations List and applicant must have the skills necessary to perform the occupation. Applicant must also have the necessary English language skills unless exempted After a period of employment of two years in the same position an employer may be able to sponsor a subclass 457 visa holder through the Temporary Residence Transition stream under ENS or RSMS (see below)
Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa Permanent SkillSelect EOI is optional for this visa Yes, by an employer No No Require a skills assessment by the relevant Australian authority and three years' work experience, unless exempt Relevant registration or licensing must be held if required Occupation must be on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List. Employee is to be paid at least the same as an Australian in the same occupation in the same location
Must be:
  • Under 50, unless exempt
  • Have at least competent
  • English, unless exempt
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa  
Direct Entry stream
Permanent SkillSelect EOI is optional for this visa Yes, by a regional employer Yes No Must have a related Australian or overseas equivalent qualification or be exempt Overseas qualified trades workers will need to have their skills assessed by Trades Recognition Australia
Relevant registration or licensing must be held if required
Occupation must be an ANZSCO skill level 1-3. Employee is to be paid at least the same as an Australian in the same occupation in the same location
Must be:
  • Under 50, unless exempt
  • Have at least competent
  • English, unless exempt

Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL): you nominate an occupation from the CSOL if you are nominated by a state or territory government for a points tested visa, or applying for a direct entry stream Employer Nomination Scheme visa, or a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa.

The Applicant

To be eligible for this visa category, the applicant must provide evidence including job offers, work experience skills, qualifications, English language ability, health examinations, health insurance and family documentation. Usually the Australian company must also provide documentation supporting the employment of the applicant.
The visa subclasses under this category include:

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