Please note that the information we provide in this article on employment pass is current as of the date of publication, and the DHA regularly updates rules and regulations. Kindly ensure that you check the official updates before making any decisions, or speak with an immigration lawyer for the most up-to-date information, as laws and conditions are subject to change.
Securing an employment pass (EP) or work visa is the gateway to unlocking Australia’s professional opportunities. With a diverse range of visa options available, navigating the immigration process can seem daunting. However, with careful planning and expert guidance, spring foreign professionals can successfully obtain a visa that aligns with their career goals and opens doors to a world of possibilities.
The work visas in Australia vary depending on the profession or work you’re intending to do in the country. You can use this tool from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to know which kind of visa will fit you.
If you want to know what’s the best employment pass in Australia, here are five work visas that you might want to check out:
1. Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa
The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) is a temporary visa that allows employers in Australia to sponsor skilled workers from overseas to fill positions that they cannot find a suitably skilled Australian to fill. This employment pass is a vital tool for Australian businesses to access the skilled workers they need to grow and prosper.
There are four streams of the TSS visa:
- Short-term stream. This stream allows employers to sponsor workers for up to two years, with the option to renew for a further two years. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to 5 years.
- Medium-term stream. This stream allows employers to sponsor workers for up to four years, with the option to apply for permanent residency after three years. Here, Your occupation is on either the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Regional Occupation List (ROL).
- Labour agreement stream. This visa is for skilled workers nominated by employers who have a Labour Agreement. It lets you live and work in Australia temporarily. Labour agreements are developed between the Australian Government (represented by the Department) and employers.
2. Employer Nomination Scheme Visa
The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186) is a permanent residency visa for skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian employer. This visa allows skilled workers to live and work in Australia indefinitely. Three streams are available:
- Direct entry stream. The direct entry visa allows skilled workers to live and work in Australia permanently. However, the worker must be nominated by the employer.
- Labour agreement stream. This type of employment pass might be for you if you currently work, or will work, for an employer who is party to a labour agreement.
- Temporary residence stream. Like the direct entry stream, this one also allows workers to live and work in Australia permanently, however, the worker must have worked for your employer for at least 3 years full time while holding a Subclass 457 or TSS visa.
3. Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa
This employment pass (subclass 494) allows regional employers to address identified labour shortages within their region by sponsoring skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker or foreign employee.
Like the visas mentioned above, three streams are available under this one: employer-sponsored, labour agreement, and subsequent entrant streams.
Basic eligibility requirements include:
- nomination by an approved work sponsor
- possession of an occupation on a relevant skilled occupation list
- suitable skills assessment for the occupation
- under 45 years of age
- meet minimum standards of English language proficiency
4. Working Holiday Visa
The Working Holiday visa is a temporary visa that allows young people, usually aged 18 to 30, to travel and work in a country for up to 12 months. This employment pass is a great way to experience a new culture, travel extensively, and gain valuable work experience.
To be eligible for this visa, you must comply with the following:
- Must be 18 to 30 years old (or 35 years old for some countries)
- Must have a passport from an eligible country or jurisdiction
- Must not be accompanied by dependent children
If you want more detailed eligibility and documentary requirements, check out the types of the Working Holiday visa:
Please note that your Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa (subclass 417 or 462) will cease on the date another visa is granted if:
- the DHA grants you another visa (such as an eVisitor (subclass 651) visa)
- while you are holding your Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa (subclass 417 or subclass 462)
The effect of such cessation may prevent you from working in Australia and applying for another WHM visa.
5. Temporary Graduate Visa
The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) is a temporary visa that allows international students who have recently graduated with acceptable qualifications from an Australian education provider to live, work, and study in Australia.
This employment pass provides an opportunity for international students to gain valuable work experience in Australia and transition into the Australian workforce. Here’s a checklist to sort out the documents required for this visa.
To apply for this visa, you must see to it that:
- You are under 50 years of age
- You hold an eligible visa
- You have held a student visa in the last 6 months
- You have a recent qualification in a CRICOS-registered course
- You nominate one stream only – it is not possible to change visa streams after you apply
- You attach specified evidence when you apply.
For more information about the requirements, see the checklist article for your reference.
Working in Singapore
If you need to register for working in Singapore, you must do it at the Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC) within two weeks. After you register, you will receive your Pass Card, typically within four working days. Other than your employer, a Singapore Employment Agency can also submit the Singapore employment pass application on your behalf.
A Singapore employment pass holder can also bring their family members to live with them in Singapore. Spouses and children of successful Employment Pass holders can apply for a family visa known as a Dependent’s Pass (DP). An Employment Pass renewal form will be sent to your employer’s registered address three (3) months before your EP expires.
The renewal application should be completed and submitted to MOM at least four weeks before your EP expires.
Need Help in Choosing an Employment Passes?
Do you need help in choosing the right deployment pass for you? When will you need a short term visit pass or long term visit pass? If you want to know more about what kind of employment pass suits your skills and purpose, you should talk to an employment lawyer.
By engaging an employment lawyer from JB Solicitors, you can alleviate the stress and uncertainty associated with employment disputes. We will handle your case with professionalism and dedication, ensuring your voice is heard and your interests are protected.
Don’t face employment challenges alone. Contact a lawyer today and take the first step toward securing a favourable outcome.