Employer Sponsored Visas are for employers who are looking to fill a position in their Australian business with an overseas skilled worker on either a short or long-term basis.

Several options are available to employers seeking to obtain a visa for this purpose. They include:

  1. Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)
  2. Employer Nomination Scheme (Permanent) (Subclass 186) Visa
  3. Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Permanent) (Subclass 187) Visa
  4. Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (Subclass 400) Visa
  5. Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) (Subclass 401) Visa
  6. Training & Research (Subclass 402) Visa

There are multiple factors that need to be considered as you choose a suitable visa category when sponsoring an overseas worker. These may include:

  • The specifications and purpose of your business or company, including size, structure and nature;
  • How urgently the position needs to be filled in your business;
  • What the position to be filled by an overseas skilled worker entails;
  • The qualifications and experience of the overseas skilled worker; and
  • The geographical location of where the overseas skilled worker will be employed

We will be able to assess the eligibility of your business, provide strategic advice to obtain a successful outcome and facilitate the entire application process for you.

We have significant experience acting for a variety of employers throughout Australia. Our expertise will ensure you make the right recruitment and migration decisions for your business.

For more information on Employer Sponsored Migration, please contact Laymens on Free Call 1800 529 636.

A Checklist For Moving To Australia

Before you make the move down under, it’s important to have everything in order. Here are the things you need to check and organise before moving to Australia.


It sounds obvious, but a valid passport and certified documents are the most important items to have in order. A registered migration agent from Laymens Lawyers can help you successfully secure a visa.


You may need certified ID documents and electronic copies, just in case. The legal drinking age is 18. Instead of having to take your passport everywhere, having your ID is a good alternative.

Australian Visa

Ensure you’ve completed visa application forms and considered working visas and permanent residency visas. There are several types of visas that you can access or Laymens Lawyers can help you through the process.

Australian Customs

By law you can’t bring drugs, steroids, weapons, firearms or wildlife into Australia. Most foods are prohibited from being brought in as well as skins and feathers.

If you have any plants, food or animal products with you, you must declare them on arrival to ensure they are free of diseases. The items you’re unable to bring when moving to Australia is pretty vast so make sure you check before you make the journey.

Incoming Passenger Card

An incoming passenger card is required as it provides passenger identification and a record of your entry into the country. Here is an example:

Healthcare Australia

Most overseas visitors aren’t eligible for Medicare benefits unless you are from a country that has a Reciprocal Healthcare Agreement with Australia. However, this is for those with a temporary visa.

You are eligible for healthcare in Australia (Medicare) if you get a permanent resident visa if you’ve applied for or hold certain permanent resident visas if you have a valid visa with permission to work in Australia, or a visa with a close relative who is Australian.

However, overseas visitors can get health insurance through private health insurers and general insurers.  You should compare different types of health insurance before moving to Australia or visiting.

Mobile Phone Plans

Different locations get better reception from different networks. However, the main four are Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile. You can get package deals, contract options, pre-paid plans and more. For whatever type of plan you want, you can compare the plan, company and phone type to get the best deals.


Make sure all your flights are booked, and you’ve looked through the airline’s requirements.


Check with your aeroplane about baggage weight. Figure out what you’re shipping in advance and what you’re taking with you on the flight. This should be available on the website of your chosen airline.

Do you need to ship things over first? Find a suitable way to get your belongings to Australia. This may need to be organised months in advance as it can take a while.


Find a temporary place to rent or live when you arrive. Do your research to find the best possible deal for you.

Consider the job market when moving to Australia and find potential jobs you might be interested in. You can even start applying closer to when you leave or do Skype interviews. However, you need to ensure you have the correct visa to work. 

  • Make sure you have the necessary documents such as your resume and references.


Will you need to pass an exam to be able to drive in Australia? Do you have a valid license now? Do you need to buy a car? These are all essential things to think about before moving to Australia.

If you don’t hold a permanent residency card, but you’ll be in Australia for more than three months, you can be issued with a temporary overseas visitor’s licence. However, each state may have different provisions so it’s best to check the sites for each of the states.


Make sure you have certified copies of your important documents, including electronic copies.

Ensure you have originals and copies of:

-Birth certificates and marriage certificates

-Doctor’s/health history including immunisation certificates

  • While you’re visiting the doctor to get records, get a check-up as well. It might be a while and cost a fair amount of money until the point in time when you are eligible for the benefits of the Australian healthcare system. Also, get any vaccines or medications you will need. Just in case, you should also get a letter of authorisation from your doctor before moving to Australia.


-Academic and school records

Essentials to organise

Prepare a budget

Research living costs, insurance and any expenses you think you might have.

Redirect your mail

It’s an easy one to let slip through the cracks, but an important one.


Ensure you have all your medications for an extended period until you can find another doctor over here. It’s best to have copies of prescriptions and documents from your usual doctor before moving to Australia.

Life and travel insurance

Check your life insurance is valid overseas. Also, check all your previous insurances on all your assets and cancel necessary accounts. It’s a requirement when obtaining a visa that you have travel insurance for your entire stay.


Make sure you have references for living situations and jobs. This will help with setting up your new life.


-Settle your bills for electricity, gas and water.

-Cancel or suspend your electronics including your TV, phone and internet.

-Subscriptions: TV, magazines etc.

-Cancel memberships: gym, newspaper, clubs etc.


Make sure you’ve got enough to cover rent/expenses for a couple of months when moving to Australia, especially if you haven’t already secured a job.

Bank Australia

Open a bank account in Australia before you arrive and organise the necessary transfers between your current bank and your future one. However, you don’t necessarily have to close the one in the country you’re leaving.