The Australian Government has announced reforms to the permanent employer sponsored visa program to be introduced on 1 July 2012.
The reformed Permanent Employer Sponsored visa program has been in place since 1 July 2012. The reforms that took effect were to improve the program’s ability to:
The permanent employer sponsored visa program consists of the following:
The Employer Nomination Scheme consists of two subclasses of visas, namely:
Within each of these visa subclasses there will be three streams:
Employers who want to nominate subclass 457 visa holders who they are currently sponsoring will need to met the following criteria:
The job or position being nominated for permanent residence is consistent with the position the person held while on their subclass 457 visa;
Employers applying for an RSMS Temporary Residence Transition employer nomination will need to be actively and lawfully operating in Regional Australia.
Visa applicants who are eligible to apply through this stream will need to meet key visa criteria including
These visa applicants will not to have their skills and qualifications assessed for the permanent visa because of their prior employment and continuing employer sponsorship.
The Direct Entry Stream will be for visa applicants not able to apply for under the Temporary Residence Transition or who are outside Australia. It may also be an option for International Students.
Employers who apply through ENS Direct Entry will need to demonstrate:
Employers who apply for RSMS Direct Entry will need to met different criteria that include:
Visa Applicants under RSMS Direct Entry will need to:
Please note that in both ENS and RSMS in Temporary Residence Transition and Direct Entry there will be exempt criteria with regard to skill, age and English fluency. These will be tightly defined by DIAC, with more objective categories