Registered Migration Australia

Sponsorship Obligations

Sponsorship obligations apply to all sponsors of subclass 457 visa holders. The sponsorship obligations are in place to ensure that overseas skilled workers are protected from exploitation. Sponsorship obligations also ensure that the programme is being used to meet genuine skills shortages, and is not being used to undercut local labour wages and conditions. We have worked with many first-time sponsors to ensure that they will meet the requirements. We have successfully helped sole traders and brand new businesses sponsor people on the Temporary Work (Long Stay) (457) visa.


An approved business sponsor nominates a position in their business that needs to be filled. The position must be highly skilled, appear on a list of occupations available for sponsorship and be remunerated at market rates above the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold.
As part of the nomination process, the business also specifies the employee who will be filling the nominated position in their business.

Nominating the Occupation

The nominated occupation must be on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

An occupation might not be included on the STSOL for the following reasons:

  • the occupation is likely to be in surplus in the medium to long term, based on a combination of data including the current workforce, expected growth rates, age of the workforce (retirement implications) and student enrolments and completion trends
  • there are other more appropriate and specific visa options
  • the job requires that a person be an Australian Citizen

Please contact us if you cannot find your occupation on this list as we have access to detailed subcategories and can help your line up your occupation.

Visa Caveats

Grating a Temporary Work (Long Stay) Subclass 457 Visa 

You must meet the English language and relevant work experience requirements. The job must meet the minimum salary threshold and, be full time. Your employer can be located anywhere in Australia to sponsor you on a Temporary Work (Long Stay) (457) visa. Applicants may be required to sit an English test called IELTS or undergo labour market testing as part of this requirement.

The subclass 457 visa allows businesses to employ overseas workers for up to 4 years in skilled occupations only.

Subclass 457 visa holders can:

  • work in Australia for an approved sponsor for the life of your visa
  • bring any eligible dependants with them to Australia — dependants can work and study
  • after entering Australia, have no limit on the number of times they can travel in and out of Australia

Subclass 457 Visa Processing Time

A lodged Temporary Work (Long Stay) (457) visa is processed in approximately four weeks. Even if your current visa is expiring soon, it is possible to lodge a 457 visa that will allow you to stay in Australia during the processing time. Further information relating to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) Skilled Visa processing times can be found here.

Licensing and/or Professional Associations
In many occupations you must be registered with or obtain a license from a local authority in the state or territory where you want to practise your occupation. Contact the local authority in your relevant state or territory to enquire about the licensing or registration requirements. It may benefit to become a member of a relevant industry association for your occupation which could help with your employment and visa application prospects.

Before lodging an application for skills assessment it is recommended that you contact us first.

​Note: On 18 April 2017, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia and the Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection jointly announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa which will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages.

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Temporary Work

(Long Stay) Visa

Subclass 457 Visa

The Temporary Work (Long Stay) (457) visa allows you to work for an employer for up to four years.

Approval to Sponsor
Your employer must have approval to sponsor and will need to meet the training benchmark.

To apply to be approved as a standard business sponsor a business should first lodge an application online using Form 1196 (Internet) which can be accessed