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Employing workers from overseas

There are a number of different ways to employ workers from overseas. Many Australian businesses do so usually because the relevant skill set cannot be sourced from the Australian labour market and they wish to gain competitive advantage, find new innovative ways of doing business, and generally enhance their businesses with new skillsets.

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We set out below two types of visa which can be used effectively to employ workers from overseas, depending on the length of the project and the requirements of your business.


sc 482 visa - Temporary Skill Shortage visa

The sc 482 visa is a medium term visa (for up to 4 years) which enables businesses to bring overseas skilled workers to Australia to perform numerous occupations.  The nominated occupation needs to be on the Short Term Skilled Occupation List or the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List.  The worker must be paid at least $53,900 per annum and must also be paid market salary rate.  In addition the worker obviously needs to have the requisite skills and experience to perform the role.  This is perfect for medium term projects and the worker is tied to the employer (unless they are sponsored by another approved employer).  It is also a pathway to permanent residency.

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sc 482 visa

 Or read more about the sc 400 visa

sc 400 visa

sc 186 visa - Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)

This is a permanent residency visa which often attract the best talent. The worker doesn’t need to have worked in Australia before, and can obtain permanent residency straight away if sponsored by an approved business.  The requirements are generally similar to the sc 482 visa however a skills assessment is often required in addition because of the permanent nature of the visa. 

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