This visa type is for employers that operate a business in the regional areas and require the experienced staff from overseas to operate their business due to a skills shortage in the area.
The process of the visa is exactly the same as subclass 186.
The visa has two parts:
a nomination by an approved Australian employer
an application completed by the visa applicant.
The visa has three streams:
The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years while holding a subclass 457 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer (who has lodged a valid nomination with us under the Temporary Residence Transition stream), who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.
The Direct Entry stream is for people who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream who:
who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia, or
temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream (has not worked for the sponsoring employer for more than 2 years)
The Agreement stream is for people sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.
The visa applicant must:
have been nominated by an approved Australian employer
be younger than 50 years of age at the time of application, unless exempt
meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements, unless exempt
apply under the correct stream – see above
The visa is a permanent visa which then allows the applicant a pathway to citizenship in the future.