Businesses operating in Australia who cannot source locally skilled labour are sometimes forced to sponsor employees from overseas to help them fill work places in their business. These places are represented on a skills occupation list which from April 2018 has been divided into a Short-term skills occupation list (STSOL) and the Medium Long-term occupation list (MLSOL). The former 457 visa was a Temporary Work visa that allowed visa holders a valid visa for a four year period. However due to the changes from the department from April 17 2017, this visa will change to the TSS (Temporary Short-term Skills) visa and have a 2year and 4year period for specific occupations.
Businesses who want to sponsor employees from abroad must be approved by the Department of Immigration & Border Protection. They must also show that they have made an effort to hire local workers before resorting to sponsoring a worker visa.
This employer sponsored business visa can be valid up to four years after it is granted. This visa allows the nominated employee to work in Australia with the approved sponsor for the life of the visa, bring dependent family members to work or study in Australia and travel in and out of Australia without restriction.