How To Become a 457 Visa Sponsor
November 24, 2016
Employers need talented, loyal workers, who offer value to your business and help move it forward. Becoming a 457 visa sponsor is a great way to source talent from overseas and find the perfect person for the job. So what’s the process?
BECOMING A 457 VISA SPONSOR
There are two ways to become an approved sponsor.
- Apply to be a standard business sponsor; or
- Negotiate a labour agreement.
We’ll focus here on the process of becoming a standard business sponsor, since it’s the most common way to sponsor a 457 visa holder.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SHOW?
To become a sponsor, you must declare that your business is lawfully operating and has not relevant adverse information against it. You must also attest in writing that you are committed to employing local labour and do not discriminate in your recruitment practices.
THE PROCESS OF BECOMING A STANDARD BUSINESS SPONSOR
You may only have on standard business sponsorship approved at a time. The sponsorship is usually valid for five years. You are able to extend this by lodging a variation application at any time.
For a business in Australia to become a standard business sponsor, you must make the attestation and declaration (as referred to above) in your sponsorship application form.
You must also meet certain training requirements, requiring you to either:
- Meet the training benchmarks if you have traded in Australia for 12 months or more; or
- Have an auditable plan to meet the training benchmarks if you have been trading in Australia for less than 12 months
HOW EASY IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO BECOME A STANDARD BUSINESS SPONSOR?
There are a number of steps in the application process, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. The main effort involved is preparing and reviewing all relevant documents.
There are a number of documents you will need to collect. Having these ready before lodging your application will avoid any delays in processing, especially when some documents could take some time to obtain.
It is important to have a professional prepare and review your application. This ensures that your application will be processed quickly, and ultimately approved. Get in touch with PocketLegal today, and we’ll get the ball rolling so your business can sponsor workers.
PocketLegal is available to assist with all aspects of the Australian immigration process from beginning to end. If you need help with visa applications, sponsoring staff members, AAT Appeals, Federal Circuit Court hearings, or any other migration related issue then contact our friendly team via the form on this page or by calling 1300 921 114.