We have received a number of questions via our 457 jobs facebook page recently which contain a recurring theme. With this in mind we thought we’d write this article to try and help address this question if it’s asked again in the future.
An example of the type of question we receive:
I am a graduate engineer in electronics with a 3 year degree. Can I get sponsored to work in Australia?
It’s a good question and historically we’ve referred the people asking this question to the article we wrote a little while ago which covers the occupations in demand in Australia.
Our logic behind this referral is that that if you have experience doing a particular job AND this job appears on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) then yes! You can get a sponsored job in Australia.
It’s not just about ticking boxes though
It is important to remember that it’s not just about having the qualifications to do a job considered in demand in Australia. 457 Visas aren’t simply handed out once a number of basic criteria are met.
With the Australian sponsored 457 visa, unlike a number of other visa classes, it’s not just about whether or not you qualify for the 457 Visa. You also need to have the skills and experience required for the job which will be confirmed via the job interview process.
Put another way If the question we used in the example above was simply:
I am a graduate engineer in electronics with a 3 year degree. Can I get a job?
The answer to this question will always be yes. Remember though, a job is not guaranteed unless you:
- Apply for the job.
- Get selected for an interview
- Do well at the interview.
- Be offered the role.
These step are all critical to securing a job and the same applies to securing a sponsored job here in Australia.
So can I get sponsored to work in australia?
In short, a job offer is the most critical step in the 457 Visa application process. Once you have the job offer you can then complete the task of confirming you meet the other criteria required. This will include things such as:
- a demonstrated minimum English language ability (some exemptions apply)skills and experience necessary to perform the nominated occupation (a formal skills assessment may be required)
- adequate health insurance for the period of stay in Australia
- a genuine intention to perform the job you’ve applied for
- character and health checks together with a declaration concerning Australian values and laws.
The job offer will be made on the condition that your 457 visa application is granted and your application will only be granted when the Australian immigration department are satisfied that you meet the additional criteria required for the 457 visa class.
So to summarise, if you are wondering if you can get sponsored to work in australia then the answer to the question is possibly yes. Remember though, if you don’t have a job offer then everything else becomes irrelevant. You’ll need to have this critical box ticked before you can utilise the Australian 457 Visa stream as a means for gaining entry into Australia.
We hope this article helps provide a little further clarity around the process.
To a successful move down under