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Permanent Employer Sponsored Program Definitions

Permanent Employer Sponsored program definitions

The Agreement stream is for applicants who are being sponsored by an Australian employer through a tailored labour agreement or regional migration agreement.

ANZSCO stands for Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (second edition) published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics

The applicant is the person (or persons) applying for the visa.

A visa application made online via the e-lodgement facility.

ATO stands for the Australian Taxation Office

Associated entity is an entity (other than a company) that is or has been associated with the person; or a company that is, or has been, associated with the person at a time when the company is, or was, a private company.

A body corporate covers a company incorporated under the Corporations Act 2011 and associations incorporated under relevant state/territory legislation.

Bridging visas are temporary visas that allow a person to remain lawfully in Australia for various reasons, such as while awaiting the outcome of a substantive visa application. The type of Bridging visa granted will depend on the person's specific circumstances.

A Centre of Excellence is a processing centre where nominations and applications are processed.

The Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) is a list of eligible occupations for positions nominated under the Direct Entry stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS).This list is available on the department's website

Dependent children
A dependent child must be your child or stepchild and be:

  • under 18 years of age, or
  • if 18 years or older, have been wholly or substantially dependent on you, for at least 12 months immediately before you lodge the application, for their basic needs, such as food, clothing and shelter, and that their reliance on you is greater than any other person.

A child of any age who has a total or partial loss of bodily or mental functions that stops them from earning a living is considered a dependant and part of the family unit (whether or not they plan to migrate with you).

A child of any age who is married, engaged to be married or in a de facto relationship is not considered a dependant.

The Direct Entry stream is for applicants who are untested in the Australian labour market and have not held a subclass 457 visa for at least the last two years or are applying directly from outside Australia.

English language capability relates to your ability to read, write, speak and listen to the English language.

Employer is a person who seeks to nominate a skilled worker who is either overseas or in Australia on a temporary visa, for a skilled position within their business.

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) is a permanent employer sponsored visa program which allows Australian employers to sponsor foreign skilled workers to fill vacancies in their business.

Exemption is a policy lever that allows a standard visa requirement to be set aside and in particular circumstances.

Expression of interest is a formal process of indicating your interest for a skilled visa through SkillSelect.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an international English testing system used for the permanent employer sponsored visa program.

A labour agreement is a formal agreement between an Australian employer and the Australian government which allows for the recruitment of a specified number of skilled workers from overseas in response to identified skills shortages in the Australian labour market.

Other dependent family members
An eligible dependent relative can be a:

  • parent, brother or sister, stepparent, stepbrother or stepsister, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew, step-grandparent, step-grandchild, step-aunt, step-uncle, step-niece or step-nephew.

These dependent relatives must be included in your application before it is lodged. To be included in a ENS or RSMS visa application, the dependent relative must be all of the following:

  • single, such as a widowed or maiden aunt
  • usually living in your household
  • wholly or substantially financially reliant on you for their basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter, and more reliant on you for that support than on any other person or source for at least the 12 months before you lodge the application.

Market rate is the figure the average Australian would be paid in the same position in the same location.

Merit Review Tribunal (MRT) provides an independent and final merits review of decisions made in relation to visas to travel to, enter or stay in Australia.

An employer nomination is made online via the e-lodgement facility for a position within the employer's business

The employer who is seeking to nominate a foreign skilled worker to fill a skilled vacancy in their business

A nominee is a person who has been nominated by the nominator to fill the position

Regional Australia for the RSMS covers all of Australia except Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Melbourne.

Regional Certifying Bodies (RCBs) are a diverse network of state and territory government agencies, local chambers of commerce, local government councils and regional development bodies.

A regional migration agreement (RMA) is an agreement between the Australian Government and a regional representative, for example the relevant state or local government, council or other local organisation. The RMA will act as an overarching arrangement under which employers will sign individual labour agreements. This will ensure that the employers are responsible for sponsorship obligations.

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) is a permanent employer sponsored visa which allows Australian employers in regional, remote or low population growth areas of Australia to sponsor foreign skilled workers to fill vacancies in their business.

Semi-skilled occupations are occupations classified at ANZSCO skill level 4 and below.

Standard Business Sponsor (SBS) is an Australian or overseas business that has been approved as a standard business sponsor under the subclass 457 visa program.

SkillSelect is an online service that enables skilled workers and business people interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an Expression of Interest (EOI). People can be found and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or state and territory governments, or they may be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application.

A person is the spouse of another person if they are in a married relationship

Substantive visas are visas other than a Bridging visa, Criminal Justice visa or Enforcement visa.

The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked with an Australian employer for at least the last 2 years and their employer wants to offer them a permanent position in the same occupation.

Visa application charge (VAC) is the amount of money, in Australian dollars (AUD) that must be paid for most visa applications to enter Australia.

Last reviewed Monday 03 March 2014

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