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Can an employer sponsor a foreign skilled worker or professional?

If you are struggling to find local Australian workers to meet the demands of your growing business, you may be eligible to be a standard business sponsor (SBS). An approved SBS holder will be given 5 years to be an eligible sponsor. A sponsored worker can be sponsored from 2 to 4 years (renewable) depending on the skilled occupation. This can provide stability to your business as the sponsored have obligations they need to meet in order to fulfil their visa conditions. A sponsored worker cannot work for another organisation (unless the work is an endorsed activity authorised by the sponsoring organisation, i.e. being sub-contracted to building projects) and is not permitted to take on additional jobs other than the work the individual is sponsored for.

To become a standard business sponsor, your business must be legally established and currently operating. Your business can be in or outside Australia and operating lawfully. All attempts need to be made to try and recruit local Australian labour before attempting to explore hiring overseas skilled labour. No discriminatory recruitment practices must be engaged during this sponsorship process.


What do I need to start the process?

  • Business incorporation certificate and other records to prove legal existence of your company.

  • Annual Financial Report and Tax Returns for the most recently concluded Financial Year.

  • For smaller businesses, interim tax lodgements (i.e. BAS) and/ or business bank statements covering the period of operations (at least 2 years).

  • If you are a newly established business, a Business Plan.

Contact us for more information and we will assist with assessing your business' eligibility.

How can we further assist you?


We will guide you through the entire process. We can be your authorised recipient in engaging with the Department of Home Affairs and other relevant 3rd parties. We will help you to understand your obligations to be a sponsor and ensure that your nominated employee meets all visa requirements.


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