EMPLOYER NOMINATED VISAS –
WHAT ARE THE VISA
There was a boost for employer nominated visa applicants for many years, particularly in regional areas and in the mining regions, particularly in the Pilbara area in Western Australia, and Mount Isa in north of the border.
The mining boom contributed to the healthy economy in the country.
“That boom provided Australia with rising national income and extended Australia’s recession-free period to 24 years. Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) research suggests that mining’s purple patch added 10 per cent to Australian living standards in the 10 years to 2014.” It provided as a buffer against global economic downturn for many years.
This boom contributed to the demand for workers in the mining sector where the average wage is $100,000.00 or higher. There was growth in the building sector in the Pilbara regions.
With the downturn in the needs for our coal and steel and other resources, there is a corresponding sluggish effect on immigration activity, particularly for employer- nominated visa applicants and visa holders.
The most common visa subclasses are subclass 457 visas which enabled qualified and experienced workers to stay for up to four years on temporary residence visa.
After two years working with the same company, the worker may be eligible to apply for permanent residence visa, subject to the agreement of the same employer to sponsor the worker for permanent residence visa. The problem arises when the employer is unable to continue with the sponsorship either by way of issues with the DIBP (non-compliance with DIBP requirements for visa sponsors), or the reduced need for same workers in the industry as an effect of downturn in mining activities.
This slowing down of mining activities is reflected even in costs of real estate in the mining sector. Whereas some years ago, a 3-bedroom, ordinary cottage in the Pilbaras can command as high as a million-dollar mark, these days, same cottage will find it difficult to get a buyer for $400,000.00. Same applies with businesses.
Permanent residence (subclass 186/187) visa from 457 visas.
There are several ways of applying for permanent residence visa for 457 visa holders. For those who have worked for the same sponsor company for 2 years and over, the worker can be nominated for Temporary Transitional Residence visa where the visa applicant may not be required to meet English language qualifications and skills assessments requirements.
Where the 457 visa holder is not sponsored by the same employer, the visa holder can apply for direct entry (must meet English language requirements and skills assessment requirements), or the visa holder can apply for regional sponsorship, or by labour agreement with the employer.
The visa holder who does not qualify for subclass 186 because of sponsorship issue with former or current employer, the visa holder can apply for subclass 187 visas – permanent residence sponsored to work in a regional area.
The visa holder/visa applicant should also be mindful of the Skilled Occupations List that is subject to change from time to time depending on the changing needs for services of certain sectors in the industry.
It is best that a visa applicant should see a migration professional in order to avoid wasting time and money.
EMPLOYER NOMINATED VISAS –