The 457 visa is the most commonly used visa pathway for employers to sponsor overseas workers to work in Australia termporarily for up to 4 years, with the possibility to apply for a permanent visa in the future. The 457 visa is an extremely helpful tool for local businesses to employ qualified and experienced staff in order to thrive and grow their business.
The Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) is mainly used by employers to nominate their 457 workers for permanent residency after 2 years of employment. In certain circimstances employers can nominate employees directly without waiting for the 2-year period. This option has a higher skill level requirement for the employee.
The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (187 visa) is a permanent visa which requires a job offer in a Regional Area of Australia. It allows Australian employers in regional, remote or low population growth areas of Australia to sponsor foreign skilled workers for permanent residence to ﬁll skilled vacancies in their business.
The 400 visa is a temporary visa for short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work; to participate in events on a non-ongoing basis at the invitation of an Australian organisation; or to participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interests. Generally you can stay in Australia for up to three months, but depending on your work or activity a longer period of up to six months may be allowed in limited circumstances.
The Training visa (subclass 407) is for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to participate in occupational training or professional development.
This visa allows you to come to Australia to work in the entertainment industry, participate in activities invitated by an Australian organisation, participate or observe in an Australian research project, work under a staff exchange arrangement, participate in high-level sports competitions or training, do full-time religious work, be employed as a superyacht crew member, do full-time domestic work in the household of certain senior foreign executives or participate in a government endorsed event.