The following available subclasses which allow Australian employers to fill a skilled position with a migrant worker where the position cannot be filled with an Australian employee.


This is one of the most popular temporary working visas. It allows employers to fill labour shortages by sponsoring appropriately skilled overseas workers up to 4 years where they are unable to source these skills in the local labour market.

The Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482 Visa) allows the visa holder to

  • Work in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor in Australia for up to four years
  • Bring any eligible secondary applicants with you to Australia – secondary applicants can work and study.
  • After completing 3 years of paid employment skilled workers can apply for Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) (Transitional/Labour Agreements) Permanent Residency.

Sponsored employees must meet all the following requirements

  • Be nominated by an employer to fill a nominated position.
  • Have skills, qualifications, experience and an employment background required for the position.
  • Must meet English language, health and character requirements

This visa lets skilled workers who are nominated by their employer live and work in Australia permanently.

There are three pathways under the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

Temporary Residence Transition Stream – for applicants who have worked for employer full time at least three years while holding a subclass 457/482 visa

Direct Entry Stream – for applicants who have never worked in Australia or have only worked in Australia for a brief period.

Agreement Stream – for applicants who are sponsored by their employer where the employer has a labour agreement.


This visa enables regional employers to address labour shortages within their region by sponsoring skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker.

Visa holders can live, work and study in designated regional areas of Australia. A successful SESR applicant must work in the approved position for three years to be able to apply for Permanent Residence (Regional) visa (subclass 191)