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If you have been working for an Australian employer during the COVID-19 pandemic or considering relocating to Australia for your career, this news will be of interest to you.

The Australian government has vowed to support skilled migration to drive economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, to fill necessary skill shortages, attract foreign investment and boost innovation.

The most exciting announcement was the increase in the allocated places for skilled migrants from 79,600 (2021-2022) to 109,000 (2022-2023). The employer-sponsored stream (482 visa) is one of the categories with the highest number of spots allocated.

You can see a summary of the skilled migration quotas allocated for 2022 – 2023 below.

2022 - 2023 Skilled migration program allocated places - Source: Home Affairs Department (2022)
2022 – 2023 Skilled migration program allocated places – Source: Home Affairs Department (2022) 

Read till the end to find out all the implications in regards to the recent Skilled Migration announcement and how E2 Test Prep can help you make your Australian dream a reality.

Disclaimer: The purpose of the E2 Blog is to provide general information based on publicly available sources and does not constitute legal or migration advice in any way. Anyone seeking advice on relocating to Australia should seek advice from a registered migration agent.


Key takeaways:

  • The Australian skilled migration places have been increased to attract talent and fill the current skill gap with temporary visa holders that have lived and worked in Australia during the pandemic.
  • Proof of English proficiency is still required for any skilled migration process in Australia. E2 Test Prep can help you prepare for the test you need to pass to acquire your visa.
  • Boost your confidence and become job-ready with our wide range of free everyday English resources available.

What you need to know about Australian employer sponsorship visas (482 Temporary Skill Shortage stream)

The 482 steam was introduced to prioritise the permanent residency pathways for skills and occupations each Australian state could classify as in high demand. That’s how the Short Term Skill Occupation List (STSOL) and the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) were introduced.

Any 482 visa holder has full-time work privileges as long as they maintain an employment contract with their sponsor, however, only 482 visa holders with occupations nominated in the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List can apply for permanent residency in all the Australian territory after 4 years. 

With the new announcement from the federal government to support skilled migration, the door has certainly been opened to discuss enabling permanent residency pathways for 482 visa holders. Many sectors of the economy have been requesting it and the employer-sponsored process to select ideal candidates is rigorous.

What are the requirements for Australian employer sponsorship visas?

1. Be nominated for a skilled position by an approved sponsor

Not every employer can be a sponsor. The business must fit certain criteria, which ranges from staff numbers to annual revenue, to be eligible. Check all the details here

2. Have the right skills to do the job

Every applicant needs to provide a skills assessment from an entity approved by the federal government. Each occupation has its own assessment entity, for example, every engineering skills assessment is performed by Engineers Australia.

You can see all the requirements for your occupation on the Department of Home Affairs official website.

3. Meet the relevant English language requirements

While some occupations have higher English band score conditions, it is compulsory for every 482 visa candidate to demonstrate their English proficiency so they can legitimately do the job they are being sponsored for. 

How to demonstrate my English proficiency?

The only way to accomplish this for Australian skilled migration purposes is to sit and pass any of the internationally recognised English tests such as IELTS, PTE, and others.

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We’ll keep you posted

Stay tuned to our Blog and social media channels for any updates from official sources on this matter. 

At E2 Test Prep, we believe the smallest step can become your biggest leap. If your plan is to take your next step in life in Australia or any English speaking country, we are here to help you accomplish that goal. Sign up to E2 Test Prep and let’s get to it! 

Want to become more fluent in English in the meantime?

Simply head over to E2 English, where you will find content for you regardless of your English level. You will also be able to sign up to improve your grammar, spelling and pronunciation

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