How to Sponsor an Employee
To sponsor an employee for a Temporary Skill Shortage 482 visa or a subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa, you need to be a standard business sponsor.
There are 3 steps to becoming an approved Standard Business Sponsor:
- Gather your supporting documents
- Lodge your Standard Business Sponsor form and pay the sponsorship application fee.
- Receive your approval and a Transaction Reference Number (TRN)
Steps to becoming a standard business sponsor
To be eligible to sponsor skilled overseas workers for a 482 visa or a 494 visa, your business must either be:
a registered business trading in Australia;
a business not operating in Australian but planning to set up a business entity in Australia or has a contractual obligation in Australia;
a brand new business.
Step one. Gather your supporting documents.
Documents for a registered business trading in Australia
In your application to become a standard business sponsor, you’ll need to provide documents that support the following criteria:
To show you business is lawfully operating, you can use general business registration information relating to your business, such as your ABN, company and trading name if you operate as a company, or if it operates as a franchisee, Trust deeds or a joint venture agreement, or relevant information such as signature pages of contracts or deed (a business that exists on paper only is not applicable);
details of the principals of your business, such as its Owners, Partners, Directors and major Shareholders;
financial statements and bank statements covering the past 12 months, tax returns and BAS statements
and have no relevant adverse information against your business.
Commitment to employing local labour
You’ll need to confirm in writing your strong record or commitment to employing local Australian labour.
Non-discriminatory recruitment practices
You will need to declare that your business does not and will not engage in any discriminatory recruitment practices.
Documents if your business does not operate in Australia
Intention to set up in Australia or Contractual Obligation in Australia
If your business is not currently operating in Australia, you will need to show your intention to set up a business entity in Australia or that you have a contractual obligation in Australia. You can do this by providing:
A company or business expansion plan;
An agreement to enter into a joint venture;
A contract between you and an Australian party;
If your business is not registered in Australia, you must show that it is. You can do this by provide evidence of registration in the country you operate in.
Skilled labour need
If your business does not operate in Australia, you must be able to show that you need a skilled worker to come to Australia to establish, or help to establish, a business operation with connections with a business located outside of Australia or to fulfill, or help fulfill, a contractual obligation.
Documents if your business is new
If your business is brand new, you can still become a standard business sponsor. You’ll need to provide documents that support the following:
You can do this by providing:
a detailed business plan, ideally with contracts to provide services;
business bank statements;
a lease agreement;
evidence of employing staff;
BAS statements from the start of operations.
Step two. Lodge your Standard Business Sponsor form and pay the sponsorship application fee.
Once the relevant documents are prepared, your Standard Business Sponsor application can be lodged. When you engage our registered migration agent, you will have the added peace of mind of an experienced practitioner that the application will only be submitted once the documents meet the requirements of the immigration department.
The processing time of the application will be expedited if all the supporting documents are properly prepared. Our registered migration agent reviews the documents to ensure they will meet the immigratin department’s requirements.
Step three. Receive your approval and a Transaction Reference Number (TRN)
When you receive your approval, your business is now all set to sponsor a skilled worker from overseas for a Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (482) visa or a 494 visa.
The TRN number will be needed by the sponsored employee you wish to nominate for a TSS 482 visa or a 494 visa.
At this point, your business also undertakes obligations with its new status as a standard business sponsor.
How long is the standard business sponsor status valid for?
Your standard business sponsor status is valid for 5 years on approval.
The government’s fee for the sponsorship application is AUD 420.
Help with applying to be a standard business sponsor
Setting up a business to be an approved standard business sponsor in readiness to sponsor a TSS 482 visa or 494 visa applicant is one of our specialisms. Our registered migration agent has guided employers in a range of sectors through the process.
If you have a query about the process and would like to understand more, please feel welcome to get in touch.
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