There are a range of Australian visa options that can be used in relation to working or investing in Australia.

The skills and qualifications of eligible employees are critical and these can change.

As migration agents and immigration lawyers, we can help you navigate the ever-changing legislation, obligations and policy framework applied by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

Are you thinking of employing someone who is not an Australian citizen? There are visas whereby businesses can apply to sponsor an applicant from overseas or is an existing visa holder in Australia.

If you are an Australian business, and want to sponsor an applicant who you believe would best suit your business, we can review your options with you. The sponsorship options available to your business will depend on your industry, the skillset required, labour market conditions in Australia and your history as a sponsor (if any).

Sponsoring overseas workers attracts a wide range of ongoing sponsorship obligations. We can provide advice to sponsors regarding their continuing and multifaceted obligations.

There are various visas available for people wanting to work in Australia. To find out more, go to this page.

Specialised visas are available for potential migrants who are willing and able to make significant investment in the Australian economy. There are three streams of investment visas: investor, significant and premium.

The investor visa is for people who want to make a designated investment of at least $A1.5 million in an Australian state or territory (if that state or territory offers this facility) and maintain a business and investment activity in Australia. There are specific conditions that the proposed investment must meet.

If you are interested in investing a significant amount into a business, or already have done so, you might be eligible for this visa.

The Australian government, in consultation with state and territory governments and regional development authorities, introduced a range of initiatives designed to help state and territory governments to:

  • address skill shortages that may exist in their jurisdiction
  • attract overseas business people to establish new or joint ventures in their regions
  • encourage a more balanced settlement of Australia’s skilled migrant intake.

The following visas are state-specific migration initiatives:

  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa
  • Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 887)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

Members of our Migration team are experienced lawyers, registered migration agents and members of the Migration Institute of Australia.

Gerald Santucci

Dominic Cookman

You can see the code of conduct which the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MIRA) uses to govern all registered migration agents in Australia here.