Temporary Business Long Stay (457)
Who can apply?
There are various criteria that need to be met both by the employer and the employee.
As an employer you must first get approved as a sponsor. You must then get the position approved by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. As part of the requirements, you must show that you are lawfully and actively operating in Australia, that you will be able to meet all your obligations as a sponsor, that you have a record of, or commitment to training, that the position is a genuine position, that it is a skilled position (such as determined by the Government), that the salary is of at least the Minimum Salary Level (such as determined by the Government), that the salary also meets the salary market rate, etc.
As a prospective employee, part of the requirements are that you have the skills to match the position and that you meet the English language proficiency requirements. There is no age limit to apply for a 457 visa.
What can I do with a 457 Visa?
This is a temporary visa which entitles you to work in Australia from 3 months to 4 years. You can take your spouse and children with you. They will be able to work and study in Australia.
One condition on your visa is that you remain employed by the same employer.
As a temporary resident, you are not entitled to access Australia's public medical assistance scheme (Medicare) unless you are from a country that has reciprocal health arrangement with Australia. One of the conditions of the visa is that you get private health cover for you and your family while you are in Australia.
With a 457 visa, you are not entitled to access any social security payments from Centrelink.