AUSTRALIA – New Accreditation Scheme Facilitates 457 Applications for Qualifying Companies
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has announced a new accreditation scheme, effective today, 7 November 2011, that will facilitate and expedite 457 visa applications for participating employers.
What Are The Benefits of the Accreditation Scheme?
Accredited employers will receive an approved Business Sponsorship period of six years rather than the standard three. Additionally, according to Chris Bowen, Australia’s Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, accredited employers can expect priority processing for both visa nominations and applications.
How Does a Company Qualify to Be Accredited?
Accreditation status is for employers with have a long and positive history of dealing with the Department and an excellent record of compliance with workplace and migration laws.
Accredited status can be applied for by either submitting a new sponsorship application or applying for a variation of a current sponsorship agreement. A company must meet all the following criteria to gain Accredited Sponsor status:
- be a government agency, a publicly listed company, or a private company, with a minimum of $4 million turnover per year over the last three years;
- have been an active Subclass 457 visa sponsor for the past three years (with a break of no more than six months, which was not due to any sanction);
- have no adverse information known of it based on DIAC and DEEWR monitoring, including formal warnings and sanctions;
- have had at least 30 primary Subclass 457 visa applications granted in the previous 12 months;
- have lodged a high level of Decision Ready applications over the previous two years;
- have a non-approval rate of less than three per cent during the previous three years; and
- have Australian workers comprising at least 75 per cent of its workforce in Australia, and have made a commitment to maintain this level.
- It is highly recommended that employers who qualify should apply for accreditation. If in doubt about whether your company qualifies, and for advice on an accreditation application, contact Peregrine or your Australian immigration service provider.