Do I need a sponsor to work in Australia?

There are many things on the mind of someone who is looking to migrate to Australia. But one thing they may have heard is that you absolutely MUST get a sponsorship if you want to work. So do you need to get sponsored by an Australian company in order to settle and work in Australia? The answer is not quite ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Technically, YES – you can move, settle and even work in Australia – even permanently – without an employer sponsorship. To do so, you’ll need to head over to the Department of Home Affairs and check out your eligibility for the General Skilled Migration scheme. Apart from that, an Australian Working Holiday visa allows you to work, but it limits you to a single employer for six months, including a maximum stay of one year (or two if three months is spent on a farm). Note, however, that this visa (subclass 417) is only issued to persons from certain ‘eligible’ countries. For more visit – LINK

What about sponsorship?

Previously, the Government had something called the 457 visa, which allowed migrants to live and work in Australia through a sponsorship by an employer or a hiring company. But in April of 2017, the current Government scrapped the 457 visa, replacing it for 2018 with a Temporary (2-4 years) Skill Shortage visa (TSS Visa) that requires applicants with “critical skills” to apply for jobs on the Strategic Skills List. Read more here – Changes to 457 Visa Scheme

Lists of eligible skilled occupations

The following visas are available to individuals who are qualified to work or train in an eligible skilled occupation in Australia and can meet all other requirements: Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186) Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187)* Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – Points-tested stream Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) Training visa (subclass 407) Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489). For more information visit – LINK

How else can you get sponsorship?

For the applicant with some initiative, the Department of Home Affairs says it is possible to find a sponsorship for yourself. But the Government has also made it easy for you to use their SkillSelect program so that Australian employers can find you. You put in all relevant information about your qualifications and employment history, and any potential employers who is looking for your specific skill set will get directly in touch with you. If you have a relative who is already in Australia, they might also be able to sponsor you. It’s called the subclass 489 visa  but will limit you to working with your skill in regional or low-population areas for up to four years.

What else can you do?

Want to know how to boost your chances of getting to work in Australia?

1. Research

Big and small companies in Australia may be looking to sponsor people. Seek opportunities via online professional portals like Linkedin.

2. Check job boards

Check out specialist jobs boards like this one – LINK, designed especially for migrants. Following leading job portals offer excellent leads as well: Seek Indeed Careerone

3. Look for transfers

Are there any international companies in your home country that you might be able to transfer from?

4. Visit Australia

If you’re really serious about the move and can afford it, consider visiting Australia so you can start to meet face-to-face with some potential employers. While here, offer to volunteer.

5. Get active

It’s as simple as using social media, joining industry groups and making friends to put together a network of Australian people who may be able to help.

6. Study

Is coming to Australia to study and gain the skills and qualifications you need an option for you? – Study Visa All the best!


MIGRANT NINJA TIP – SkillSelect is an online service that ​helps Australia manage its skilled migration program. It helps to ensure that the skilled migration program is based on Australia’s economic needs. It supports the government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers. As a result, the time taken to process a visa application is significantly reduced.
SkillSelect also helps address regional skill shortages. SkillSelect allows intending migrants to indicate if they are willing to live and work in regional Australia. This is of particular benefit to state and territory governments attempting to settle migrants in regional Australia.


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