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Standard Business Sponsorship

If your business is having difficulty recruiting skilled staff from within the Australian labour market, you may wish to consider sponsoring qualified and experienced employees from overseas.

Once a Sponsorship has been approved, the company is able to nominate positions to be filled by overseas employees and the overseas employees are able to apply for a Visa.

There are several visa options that allow businesses to sponsor overseas residents or to sponsor temporary overseas residents who might already be in Australia working, studying or visiting.

Employees can be sponsored under:

Your company may wish to apply for accredited status as this has significant benefits.

Standard Business Sponsorship Requirements

There are a number of requirements for a company to become a standard business sponsor which include:

If a company is or has been a business sponsor, details of their training expenditure for the period of sponsorship approval may also be required. Businesses not operating in Australia are exempt from this requirement.

Additional requirements for approval as a standard business sponsor can differ for businesses outside and in Australia.

Sponsorship Period of Validity

Once obtained, Sponsorship approval is for five years, this includes accredited sponsors and newly established businesses.

Employer Sponsorship Obligations

Approved standard business sponsors are required to meet a number of sponsorship obligations.

These obligations include the following:

With the cost of sponsoring an overseas citizen employee rising, many employers are asking what costs can be paid by a sponsor up front and recovered later or made subject to a clawback agreement.

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If you do not meet your obligations, your company can be sanctioned with the following actions:

Other circumstances in which administrative action might be taken. In addition, you could also have sanctions imposed if:

The types of actions that could be taken depend on whether you are a standard business sponsor or have a work agreement.

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