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Australian Sponsorship Visa Information

The 457 visa is currently the most common pathway of business sponsorship for overseas workers. 457 visa applicants must have an employer willing to sponsor them as part of the visa application process. Employers must meet specific Sponsorship and Nomination criteria before the prospective employee can apply for a 457 visa. Applicants must meet specific criteria for the Visa part of the application.

The sponsoring company can be:

  • Australian business that has been operating for more than 12 months;
  • Australian start-up business, registered less than 12 months ago;
  • Overseas business, looking to set up a branch in Australia;
  • Self-sponsorship, where you can set up your own company and sponsor yourself.

The visa lasts for up to 4 years for established business operating for more than 12 months and up to a year for start up companies that are newly registered. The current processing time is from 5 working days for approved sponsors an up to 2 months for new sponsors.

Dependent family members can be included on your visa. They will be allowed to work or study during the validity of your visa.

Contact our sponsorship visa team today. guarantees you the lowest fees on your visa application and professional service guarantee. Our specialists will advise you which sponsorship option will suit you best. We will be able to help you arrange all stages of your application.

If you would like to sponsor yourself and set up your own business, Visafirst will be able to arrange your Australian company registration, as well as prepare all the relevant documents for your business.

To see if you qualify complete our free eligibility assessment form and one of our visa specialists will contact you shortly.


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