Australia’s economy is robust and predicted to continue growing well, so it comes as no surprise that more and more expats will look to relocate to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane or Adelaide in the coming years to find lucrative employment. However, most expats will need to have a work visa to legally work in the country. 

The application process may initially seem intimidating. There’s an incredible assortment of working visa categories and subclasses, and each category seems to have its own complex requirements and strange loopholes. 

On the positive side, the Australian government’s online portal is a useful and up-to-date tool that future expats can use to find the visa that suits their industry field, their skill set and their intentions. 

Ultimately, whether one is an employer-sponsored skilled worker or a labourer looking to fill a skill shortage in the country, it’s vital that expats research the work permit process as comprehensively as possible prior to application. 

Employer-sponsored visas for Australia

If an expat's primary purpose for coming to Australia is work and they can find an employer to sponsor their visa, they could apply for a professional visa to live and work in Australia for up to four years. There are many visas available for this situation over a number of professions and occupations. 

All working visas require expats to find an employer to sponsor them. The employer must first submit their nomination and sponsorship forms before the visa can be applied for.

Expats should note that the process can take a long time, in some cases several months. Thus it’s best to anticipate a long waiting period rather than a short one. 

Business visas for Australia

For foreigners wishing to relocate to Australia to start a business, invest in a business or who anticipate playing a primary role in operating a new business, it’s necessary to first obtain a business visa.

As is the case with most visa categories in Australia, there are a number of visa subclasses, and the subclass one applies for depends upon their intention and their role in the business.