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Hiring overseas candidates

Posted on Dec 17, 2021

With the current Australian job market favouring candidates and creating a talent shortage, many organisations are now casting a wide net including looking overseas. If you’re an employer wanting to hire right now this might feel a little premature with certain border restrictions still in place.  However, there are some steps you can take to either initiate bringing in talent now or being across what’s required for the near future. 

Skilled migrants require a working visa in order to work in Australia, so it’s important to understand the different types of visas available. Here’s a quick overview:

Skilled migration visas

If your organisation is prepared to pay to sponsor an employee and the work that your industry does is listed on the government’s eligible list of occupations, then all that employee needs to do is complete a skills assessment and they can be considered for a skilled nominated visa. These are costed from $4,115 and 70% of applications are approved within six months. These visas also provide the employee with a pathway to permanent residency.

There are also certain designated rural areas with skills shortages and their own visas, such as the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) Visa. So if your business is located regionally or even a smaller city such as Adelaide, it’s worth looking into this.

Short term visas

Depending on the industry, there are actually some visas which are processed quickly and cost-effective, while still allowing applicants to stay for decent stretches of time. This includes areas like entertainment, sports, religious work or research activity visas – all of which allow workers to stay for up to two years with a minimum cost of $315.

Graduate visas

Did you know that recent engineering graduates under 31 years of age are allowed to stay and work in Australia for 18 months (from $415)? They’re also allowed to bring their whole family with them. There are other types of graduate visas which encompass other industries too.

The list of different visas in Australia is actually quite extensive and there may be more than one way to source the talent you’re looking for.

Have a look at the list here:

If you’re unsure as to a candidate’s eligibility, be sure to consult the government’s resources or contact them for assistance.