An Employer Sponsored visa allows Australian employers to hire skilled foreign workers to fill job vacancies for which no local talent is available. The employer-sponsored is an excellent option for skilled workers to immigrate to Australia permanently. If you are an overseas national stuck in Australia during the pandemic, you may be eligible to apply for subclass 186 and transition your temporary status to permanent residency in Australia.
However, obtaining the employer-sponsored visa subclass 482 isn’t as easy as it seems. The subclass requires both employer and employee to have a clear and complete understanding of the visa process and economic demands of the labor market in Australia. They must also be aware of the visa eligibility requirements and obligations, even after the visa issuance. The slightest error can jeopardize your application, leading to rejection or processing delays.
On the other hand, Global Talent Visa is a more straightforward and attractive pathway than an employer-sponsored visa. The reason is- that it allows applicants to enjoy the flexibility they need to have a rewarding career in Australia.
Irrespective of which one you choose, both come with pros and cons for the employer and the applicant.
This article will discuss key points related to Global Talent Visa and Employer-Sponsored Visa:
Global Talent Visa
No specific in-demand list of occupations
The Global Talent Visa is a streamlined pathway for highly skilled professionals planning to settle permanently in Australia. The visa permits overseas nationals to work in future-focused sectors while contributing to the Australian economy by offering innovative skills in several industries.
The government of Australia grants 15,000 places available under this program for the year 2021-2022.
Holders of Global Talent Visa can work under any employer or switch jobs or positions as needed. They can also open their own companies and work as self-employed. No one can take away your visa status, even in circumstances when you are unemployed.
Additionally, the Global Talent visa gives you the freedom to work in several occupations within the target sectors. However, your domain must be on the relevant list for the employer-sponsored.
On the contrary, for some employer-sponsor visas, such as Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (subclass 482), you must work under the employer who sponsored you for a while. If your occupation comes under high-level specialist medical professionals, you are exempted from this condition.
Skills Assessment Requirement
Eligibility requirements of Global Talent Visa:
•Skilled in one of the 10 target sectors.
•Obtain a salary that meets the high-income threshold of AUD158, 500.
•prove that your skills are internationally recognized with evidence of outstanding achievements
•be prominent in your field of expertise
•Demonstrate an exceptional track record of professional achievements by working across:
The global talent visa is an ideal permanent residency pathway for PhD.D. students as they can easily demonstrate their globally recognized achievements and apply for permanent residency in Australia.
Moreover, there is no need to go through the skills assessment process for your occupation.
English Language Requirements
You only need to prove ‘functional English’ in the case of a global talent visa. If you are undertaking an IELTS exam, scoring an average band score of 4.5 is sufficient to qualify for the visa process.
On the contrary, an employer-sponsored visa requires an applicant to demonstrate a ‘competent’ level of English for the visa. So, you must score at least six or more to start the process.
The age limit for the employer-sponsored visa is 45 (unless there is an exception). But, for the Global Talent visa, you can get the visa even if you are 55 years old. However, you must showcase that you can bring economic benefits to Australia and that your skills are highly exceptional.
The most significant benefit of applying for the global talent visa is that it comes with faster processing times, lasting from two to four months. Please note that it may take weeks to get the invite.
The processing time for employer-sponsored visas is around 35-45 months, considering the complexities involved in the process. For the ENS (Direct-Entry Stream), the processing time is 6-11 months.
The best thing about the employer-sponsorship program is that it covers numerous occupations that the Global Talent Visa does not. The program invites applicants to work as Chefs, Mechanic, Welder, Electrician, General Practitioner, Marketing Specialist, Restaurant Managers, etc.
Another factor differentiating both programs is the high-income threshold, set at 158,500 AU. It is generally impossible for applicants to meet this benchmark, which they can do for the ENS category.
Considering the popularity of the global talent program, the pool gets piled up, creating an application backlog. The backlog extends the processing time from 6-12 months.
The employer-sponsored visa is quicker in this regard. You have a sponsor, they apply, and you may immediately start working in Australia for your employer.
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