6 things employers should know before they apply to sponsor an employee under the 482-visa program.

1.      Eligibility – It is important for all employers to ensure that all non-citizens working for them in Australia have a valid visa to work in Australia. 

2.      Fees – The employer is required to pay application fees associated with the Sponsorship and Nomination applications. The employer must also pay the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy. The levy helps ensure businesses that benefit from skilled migration also contribute to skills development for Australians.

3.      Labour Market Testing – Labour Market testing must be conducted to evidence that a business is unable to find a suitable Australian worker for the role.

4.      Employment Conditions – Employers who wish to nominate workers for the 482 must meet certain salary and employment conditions requirements. The annual earnings must be above the threshold of $70,000 and the employment conditions of the employment are not less favourable than those of an equivalent Australian worker.

5.      Work requirement – The sponsor must ensure that the sponsored employee works only in the occupation nominated. If you would like a visa holder to work in a different occupation, you must lodge a new nomination application.

6.      Travel Costs – You must pay reasonable and necessary travel costs to let the sponsored employee and their sponsored family members leave Australia. If the sponsored employee becomes unlawful, the business may need to repay the costs incurred by the Commonwealth in relocating and/or removing them from Australia.

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

20 Apr, 2024

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