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Accredited Sponsorship

What is Accredited Sponsorship ?

Accredited Sponsorship status is granted to Australian employers that possess a significant, regular and ongoing need to sponsor/nominate overseas workers under the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) (TSS) visa. Applications lodged by Accredited Sponsors receive privileged treatment by the Department of Immigration, resulting in faster turn-around times. To be an accredited sponsor, the company must have been a standard business sponsor.

Most applications lodged by Accredited Sponsors are finalized in less than 5 days. In addition,  certain low risk TSS nomination applications will also receive streamlined processing (that is, the nominations are auto-approved and a decision is made within minutes of lodgement).


What is the Application Process?

The application for Accredited Sponsorship can be lodged online, similar to renewing a standard business sponsorship. There are 4 categories of sponsors that are eligible to apply for Accredited Sponsorship, with requirements as follows:

+ Category 1: Commonwealth, state and territory government agencies

  • For Government agencies.
  • Australian workers must make up at least 75% of the workforce in the agency.

+ Category 2: Australian Trusted Traders

  • Australian workers make up at least 75% of the workforce in Australia.
  • Must have written contract of employment for all TSS and/or 457 visa holders that meets the National Employment Standards (unless their occupation is exempt)
  • All Australian employees are paid in accordance with an Enterprise Agreement or an internal salary table that reflects the current market salary rates for all occupations in the business

+ Category 3: Low volume usage and high percentage of Australian workers (at least 85%)

  • Australian workers make up at least 85% of the total workforce in Australia
  • The company has been approved at least one nomination for a TSS or subclass 457 visa holder in the last year before the sponsorship is lodged
  • The company’s approval rate for lodged nomination applications in the last year before the sponsorship is lodged is more than 97%
  • Not a sole trader or a partnership
  • The company has an annual turnover of at least AUD 4 million for the last two years
  • The company has been a standard business sponsor for at least one year
  • The company has complied with all of the sponsorship obligations
  • All Australian employees are paid in accordance with an Enterprise Agreement or an internal salary table that reflects the current market salary rates for all occupations in the business
  • Must have written contract of employment for all TSS and/or 457 visa holders that meets the National Employment Standards (unless their occupation is exempt)

+ Category 4: High volume usage and medium percentage of Australian workers (at least 75%)

  • Australian workers make up at least 75% of the total workforce in Australia
  • The company has been approved at least 10 nomination for a TSS or subclass 457 visa holder in the last two years before the sponsorship is lodged
  • The company’s approval rate for lodged nomination applications in the last two years before the sponsorship is lodged is more than 97%
  • Not a sole trader or a partnership
  • The company has an annual turnover of at least AUD 4 million for the last two years
  • The company has been a standard business sponsor for at least two years
  • The company has complied with all of the sponsorship obligations
  • All Australian employees are paid in accordance with an Enterprise Agreement or an internal salary table that reflects the current market salary rates for all occupations in the business
  • Must have written contract of employment for all TSS and/or 457 visa holders that meets the National Employment Standards (unless their occupation is exempt)

What We Like About This Visa?

As above, there are several attractive features and benefits of being an Accredited Sponsor, such as:

  • Streamlined nominations will be auto approved within minutes with no manual intervention. 

  • Labour Market Testing can be simply met by providing evidence of advertising for the sponsored role on their website. 

  • Visa applicants will not be required to obtain an overseas police clearance provided their sponsoring employer is able to issue a reference letter to confirm good character and no prior conviction. 

  • Processing times of approximately two business days in most cases and up to 5 days. 

  • The auto-approval and shorter processing times is extremely beneficial; potentially allowing you to bring an overseas worker to work for your business within one (1) week.   

 

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What Questions Do Migration Agents Ask Our Accredited Specialists

  1. Under what business structure, can a job placement company, apply to be a sponsor with the sole purpose of charging a fee to visa applicants? And is there a method which would allow the sponsor to place the visa applicant with another unrelated business?

  2. How can employers charge a payment to the visa applicants in exchange to sponsor, without being caught under the immigration offence ‘cash for visa’?

  3. How many types of visas (including streams), can a Temporary Activities Sponsor benefit from, in sponsoring more candidates? And are there any difference in the sponsorship obligation?

  4. Can a visa applicant pay for costs related to the visa applicant? or must the Sponsor pay for all costs? How do I explain & educate my client, a large company who does not wish to pay for any costs for the sponsorship because the Director feels that the visa applicant has more to benefit than the company.

  5. In what circumstances will a visa applicant lose their right to appeal a refusal?

 

How Much Do We Charge?

Professional Fees

Sponsorship Application
(a) From $1,000 + GST
(b) From $2,000 + GST
(c) From $3,000 + GST

Nomination Application
(a) From $1,000 + GST
(b) From $2,000 + GST
(c) From $3,000 + GST

Visa Application
(a) From $1,000 + GST
(b) From $2,000 + GST
(c) From $3,000 + GST

Dependent Application
(a) From $1,000 + GST
(b) From $2,000 + GST
(c) From $3,000 + GST

Credit Card Surcharge
- MasterCard: 1.5%
- VISA: 1.67%
- American Express: 2.75%
- EFTPOS: 30 cents

Immigration
Charges

Sponsorship Application
- $420

Nomination Application
- $330

Levy Charges
- $1200 per annum (<$10m)
- $1,600 per annum (>$10m)

Visa Application
- $1,000 (over 18 years)
- $2,000 (under 18 years)
- $700pp (applying in Australia)

Health Check
- $330 (chest x-ray)
- $330 (medical exam)

Credit Card Surcharge
- MasterCard: 1.32%
- VISA: 1.32%
- American Express: 1.40%
- Diners Club: 1.99%
- JCB: 1.40%

Other
Charges

Police Clearance
- $47 (Australia)
- TBA (Outside Australia)

Health Insurance
- TBA

Interpreter & Translator
- TBA

Job Advertisements
- TBA

Other 3rd Party Services
(only if applicable)
- Recognized Prior Learning
- Skills Assessment
- Registration/Membership/Licence
- Labour Market Testing (Unions only)
- Business Plan writers
- Accounting services
- Researchers for salary, LMT, etc







Presenting….
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The beautiful part is that if you find that your immigration lawyer does not meet your expectations, you have the option of changing immigration lawyers with different teams, without having to completely change law firms where they’d charge a significant amount as part of the initial fact finding and preliminary advice.

 

Why are there different prices for the same service?

We have a variety of legal professionals, allowing you the freedom to choose according to lawyer’s fees, speed, experience and most importantly a personality that matches yours. This way, our clients get the best of shopping around different law firms while eliminating the need to re-tell the story again and transferring of supporting documents. Naturally, junior lawyers charge lower fees and the more years of experience our lawyers gain, the higher their fees. However, it is not all always about profitting, some of our lawyers are open to pro bono cases (free legal advice).

What are the Legal Personas to Choose From?

Our lawyers are considered “book-smart”, while others are more inclined towards being labelled “street-smart”. The younger lawyers tend to be very fast & responsive, but a handful are slow (although they beg to differ, that slow & steady wins the race). The older lawyers are usually more attentive and have a reputation of customer relations. But if money is no object, you can engage a bunch of them, or all of them.

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