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Accredited Sponsorship

Accredited Sponsorship status is granted to those larger Australian employers that possess a significant, regular and ongoing need for visa sponsorship. Applications lodged by Accredited Sponsors receive preferential treatment by the immigration department resulting in faster turn-around times.

Benefits of being an accredited sponsor, in addition to the priority processing of visa applications and nominations, have the ability to advertise positions on their website; 482 visa applicants are not required to provide police clearance certificates if the sponsoring employer can attest to their good character.  This significantly reduces processing times.

Who Can Apply for Accredited Status

In order to qualify for Accredited Status, a sponsor must meet all the requirements for Standard Business Sponsorship and meet all of the following additional characteristics of one of the four categories:

  1. Category 1: Commonwealth, state and territory government agencies
    • with Australian workers making up at least 75% of your workforce in Australia
  2. Category 2: Australian Trusted Trader
    • with Australian workers making up at least 75% of your workforce in Australia
    • have a written contract of employment for all TSS/457 visa holders that meet the National Employment Standards (unless their occupation is exempt from this requirement)
    • have paid all Australian employees in accordance with an Enterprise Agreement or an internal salary table that reflects the current market salary rates for all occupations in your business
  3. Category 3: Low volume usage and a high percentage of Australian workers (at least 85%)
    • with Australian workers making up at least 85% of your workforce in Australia
    • have at least one approved nomination for a TSS or subclass 457 visa holder in the last year
    • have had more than 97% of your nomination applications approved in the last year
    • not a sole trader or a partnership
    • Have Australian workers comprising at least 75% of their workforce in Australia
    • have an annual turnover of at least AUD 4M for the last two years
    • have been a standard business sponsor for at least one year
    • have complied with all your sponsor obligations
    • have a written contract of employment for all TSS/457 visa holders that meet the National Employment Standards (unless their occupation is exempt from this requirement)
    • have paid all Australian employees in accordance with an Enterprise Agreement or an internal salary table that reflects the current market salary rates for all occupations in your business
  4. Category 4: High volume usage and medium percentage of Australian workers (at least 75%)
    • with Australian workers making up at least 75% of your workforce in Australia
    • have at least ten approved nominations for a TSS/457 visa holder in the last two years
    • have had more than 97% of your nomination applications approved in the last two years
    • not a sole trader or a partnership
    • have an annual turnover of at least AUD 4m for the last two years
    • have been a standard business sponsor for at least two years
    • have complied with all your sponsor obligations
    • have a written contract of employment for all TSS/457 visa holders that meets the National Employment Standards (unless their occupation is exempt from this requirement)
    • have paid all Australian employees in accordance with an Enterprise Agreement or an internal salary table that reflects the current market salary rates for all occupations in your business
  5. Category 5: Major Investment in Australia
    • have made a major investment in Australia (of at least AUD50M) which has directly generated Australian employment*
    • not a sole trader or a partnership
    • have been a standard business sponsor for at least one year
    • have nominations approved for at least one primary TSS/457 visa holder in the last year
    • have had more than 97% of your nomination applications approved in the last year
    • have no adverse monitoring outcomes
    • have paid all Australian employees in accordance with an Enterprise Agreement or an internal salary table that reflects the current market salary rates
    • engage all TSS/457 visa holders as employees under a written contract that meets National Employment Standards where they apply

Accredited sponsors receive priority processing of all nomination and visa applications lodged. This is particularly important in the current immigration climate where subclass 482 (TSS) nomination and visa applications can take more than one month to be processed. Where businesses are eligible, we recommend applying for accredited status to obtain streamlined service and faster turnaround times for subclass 482 (TSS) visa applications.

How We Can Help

As part of our services, we will assess the eligibility of the application for accredited status and provide you with detailed advice on your business’ chances of success. If our services are engaged, we will guide you through the entire process, from collating and gathering the required documents, preparing your application, liaising with the Department of Home Affairs and relevant third parties as necessary and finally, lodging the application.

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