Subclass 482 Visa

What does my employer need to do to sponsor my visa?

Who can sponsor a company for a 482 visa?

Quite often many employers suggest sponsorship without really knowing what are the obligations, costs or requirements.

In this article, we try to provide insight into what it takes for a company to become a standard business sponsor. We try to answers questions such as:

Please note, this article only covers, the standard business sponsorship. For further details please refer to the nomination and visa application process here.

Sponsoring 482 visa

The very first step for a company to sponsor someone is to become a standard business sponsor. In my opinion, this is probably the easiest part of the process. The hardest part, in my opinion, is the nomination.

Have a legally established and currently operating business

To become a standard business sponsor, your business must be legally established and currently operating. Now the business can be set up all sorts of different structure – Pty Ltd, Trusts, partnerships etc…

Have no adverse information regarding your business

We must not be aware of any adverse information about you or anyone associated with you that affects your suitability as a sponsor. If we do know something about you or someone associated with you, it must be reasonable for us to disregard it

Employing local labour

You should have a strong record of, or a demonstrated commitment to, employing local labour

Discriminatory recruitment

You must declare that you will not engage in discriminatory recruitment practices

Sponsorship obligations

Please review this link for a full list of the obligations. Some of the most common obligations are listed below:

Always update immigration if there are any changes in the business or employment status.
The company must ensure the visa holder is only employed in the occupation they were approved for.
The Sponsor must ensure that the visa holder is paid equivalent terms and conditions of employment when compared to other Australians.
Keep records to show compliance and provide these to immigration if requested
The Sponsor must assume all costs for becoming a sponsor, nomination charges, migration agent costs associated with the sponsorship or the nomination.
Agree to pay travel costs to remove the visa holder if they become unlawful.

Required documents

Every application is different, but some of the most common documentation required include

Business Names Extract (Trading Name/s)
Tax Returns
Australian Business Number (ABN) Registration Certificate
Financial report including profit and loss statement and balance sheet
Projected financial report including profit and loss statement and balance sheet
Business Activity Statements (BAS) for the last 4 quarters
Organisational chart of the business with reporting lines and positions held
Bank Statements
If you are a franchisee, provide the relevant pages of the franchise agreement (pages listing the parties to the agreement and the signature page)
Relevant pages of the Trust Deed (pages listing parties to the trust and the signature page)
Lease agreement

What's the process?

Here are the 3 steps employers and employees have to go through during the application process.

Apply for SBS

The Employer must apply to be an Approved Business Sponsor by submitting a Sponsorship Application


Nominate Employee

The Employer must then submit a nomination application for the employee.

Visa Application

Once the employee has been successfully nominated to fill a position, they may then apply for a TSS Visa.

Frequently Asked Questions

In case you don’t find an answer to your question, feel free to consult with one of our agents.

Can a new business sponsor?

Yes, technically it can. However, immigration will probably need to provide additional documentation to show the company is operating lawfully and looking to expand in its field. Some documents could include:

  • Business plan/s
  • Recently won contracts
  • Expense Receipts
  • Bank Statement
  • Lease Agreements
  • Evidence of new employee hiring
  • Bas Statements etc…

Does the business need to have a specific number of employees to become a standard business sponsor?

There are some specific caveats for certain occupations like accountants, so always check with a migration agent before. However, usually, there is not a specific number of employees that a standard business sponsor needs to have. We have processed SBS application for tradesmen who perhaps are the only person in the business, or who have one other person involved in the business.

Please note, if there are very minimal employees, you will need to demonstrate to immi the strong commitment to employing local labour.

Is there are specific turnover a company needs to have?

Once again, there are some specific caveats for certain occupations like accountants, so always check with a migration agent before. However, there is no specific turnover a company needs to have. However, immigration needs to believe you can cover all costs of obligations, employment etc.. So if the company only has a really low turnover (such as a new company), then you will need to provide evidence of finances to support the company or new contract won etc…

What are the costs for the company?

  • Standard Business Sponsorship Charge – $420
  • Nomination Charge – $330
  • Training Levy – $1200 per year for companies with a turnover under $10 million and $1800 per year for a company with a turnover above $10 million.


In case of questions, feel free to reach out to one of our experienced Registered Migration Agents.

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What does my employer need to do to sponsor my visa? was last modified: November 25th, 2020 by Pathway to Aus