Applying for an Australian work visa can be a trying process especially since you have to find an employer that’s willing to sponsor you as a nominee for a skilled job – usually an occupation listed in the 457 visa list. It also takes time and capital for an employer to be able to sponsor an employee so you have to be at the right place at the right time to benefit from company sponsorship visa.
Here is what you can do to improve your chances of getting that all-important employer sponsored visa.
Tip #1. Make your way to Australia
It is very difficult to find an employer willing to sponsor an employee before they meet them in person. Employers are much more comfortable hiring someone they’ve met face to face as it enables them to gauge better if that candidate is right for the job. It, therefore, makes sense to visit Australia either on a tourist visa, a working holiday visa or a student visa. The advantage here is that you can work for the employer at first without them having to sponsor you.
Tip #2. Have English fluency
While it is desirable to have a good grasp of the English language, in many cases this is not enough to make a migrant worker attractive enough to find work under an Australian sponsor. You need to spend time in Australia and learn to speak “Australian” English – in fact, one of the 457 visa requirements for applicants seeking an RSMS Direct Entry visa is that they must get a score of 6.0 in their IELTS test, unless they are from the UK, US or another English speaking country.
Tip #3. Work for an employer first
If you are in Australia on a student visa or holiday visa, this can be a great opportunity to demonstrate to an employer how valuable your services are. A lot of employers will only go through the trouble of securing your services if they think you are worth it. Student visas allow employees to work up to 40 years a fortnight, so it’s a great opportunity to prove to them what a valuable asset you are.
Tip #4. Inform your employer about what it takes to become a standard business sponsor
It always helps if you fully understand the visa application process and what is required for an employer to nominate you for a work visa sponsorship. You should be able to explain to them in simple terms what they need to do to become standard business sponsors. You should also be ready to explain any questions they may have regarding the process.
Tip #5. Look for an employer who is currently sponsoring foreign workers
It is much easier for a sponsoring company to hire an additional foreign worker than to sponsor an employee for the first time. That’s because an employer who is already approved as a standard business sponsor won’t have to go through the approval part of the visa process. It makes things lot simpler and will take up less of your employer’s time.