The Labour Agreement visa (subclass 855) closed to new applications on 1 July 2012. You cannot get this visa. You might be able to apply for the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186).
This information is for people who have been granted a Labour Agreement visa (subclass 855). It explains your rights and obligations.
You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.
What this visa lets you do
This is a permanent residence visa. It allows you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:
- stay in Australia indefinitely
- work and study in Australia
- enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
- apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
- sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
- travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).
You do not have to work for the employer who nominated you, but you must comply with any obligations under your employment contracts or industrial laws that require you to give your employer an appropriate period of notice before you stop working for that employer.
Your employer’s obligations
Your employer must:
- provide a full-time position
- meet any additional requirements of the Labour Agreement
- comply with all relevant Australian standards and workplace legislation for wages and working conditions.