If you are interested in working in Australia, work visas of Australia may be the right visa options for you. There are two main types of work visa: Temporary work visa and Permanent work visas.

Temporary work visas

Subclass 482 which allows the visa holder to stay in Australia between 2 to 4 years depending on their occupation. Subclass 482 visa can be applied from both in or outside of Australia. There are three stages that are involved in this complex visa process:

Sponsorship: This is the stage where the employer that intends to sponsor you applies for approval as a Standard Business Sponsor. Only an employer with SBS approval can sponsor an employee on 482 visa.

Nomination: At this stage, the employer nominates an occupation for a prospective 482 visa holder. This then needs to be approved by the immigration. Labour market testing is required to be done at this stage in many instances to ensure that there are no Australian citizens or permanent residents available to perform the role offered by the position.

482 visa application: This is the visa application process for the applicant where you have to meet all the relevant criteria of the visa and submit the required documents. This is where your skills will be assessed to see if it matches the description of the occupation as stipulated by ANZSCO code.

There are other temporary work visas such as Working Holiday Visa, Work and Holiday Visa, Temporary work (Short Stay Activity) visa and so on. These have different criteria to be met in order to qualify.


Australia offers Permanent work visa opportunities to those applicants whose skills are of shortage in the local labour market. There are two types of Permanent work visas: Subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)) and Subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)). You as an applicant can be temporary residents in Australia or overseas at the time of application.

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)

There are two stages for ENS: 1) Nomination by the employer and 2) Nominee's application for a visa. The employer's nomination must be lodged either before or simultaneously with the visa application of the nominee. The position that the employer wishes to nominate need to be available for 2 years. There are many advantages of the ENS visa:

  • Permanent residency in Australia
  • Unrestricted entry and departure for 5 years
  • Access to subsidised healthcare via Medicare
  • Apply for Australian Citizenship when eligible
  • Pathway from 457 to permanent residency
  • Work and study in Australia

There are three streams within the visa subclass:

Temporary Residence Transition Stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for their employer for at least the last 2 years in the nominated occupation and the employer wants to offer them a permanent position in that same occupation.

Direct Entry Stream is for applicants who new to the Australian labour market and have not held a subclass 457 visa for at least the last 2 years or who are applying directly from outside Australia.

Agreement Stream is for applicants who are being sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement or regional migration agreement.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (Subclass 187)

The RSMS visa of Australia is very similar to the ENS 186 visa except this is intended for those skilled workers who are looking for work in regional Australia. This visa also has the three above streams as the 186 visa and is once again a two stage process (nomination by an approved Australian Employer and then the visa application by the nominee).

There is also the involvement of Regional certifying bodies for this visa which must provide advice on the employer nomination under the RSMS Direct Entry Stream before it can be approved by the immigration.

Skilled Visas

For: Potential migrants with skills and qualifications that are currently in demand in Australia.

Work Visas

For: People who are looking to work temporarily in Australia and for businesses that are looking to recruit overseas workers.

Partner / Family Visas

For: People who are looking to join their partner in Australia who is already an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Student Visas

For: People who are looking to join their partner in Australia who is already an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Business Visas

For: People who are looking to join their partner in Australia who is already an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Refugee and humanitarian visas

For: people who are subject to persecution in their home country of nationality or usual residence and are in need of resettlement.

Visitor Visa

For: No matter what your reasons, we can assist you in getting the right visitor visa to suit your purpose.

Other Australian Visas

For: Some of these visas include visas for emergency rescue, training and research, medical treatment and superyacht crew.

Visa Cancellation & Refusal Appeals

For: Cancellation and refusals of visas have severe consequences on future visas for the applicant.

Citizenship Services

For: Australia NZ Migration Centre provides you with assistance and advice in citizenship matters if you intend to become an Australian citizen.