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I Have a Start Up Business. Can I Sponsor?

VisaOne
21 July, 2015

Yes. Start up businesses can apply to become an approved 457 Sponsor and employ skilled workers on a 457 visa. In fact, new businesses that have been operating for less than 12 months do not need to have an established training record, unlike established businesses.

They have a leeway of making a commitment to training, towards one the training benchmarks set out by Immigration, instead of showing current training expenditure. This allows start up business to attract international talent to help them grow as a business and seek the needed human resources to thrive.

The truth is, in today's business environment, there is a global economy of trade and the transfer of skills across borders is necessary for Australia to keep up with economic innovations and international business practices. The 457 visa program enables Australia to attract international skilled workers so that the skills, that businesses benefit from, of international talent can be seeded on Australian soil - bearing fruit for the future Australian labour market.

So whether you are a determined entrepreneur, budding start-up or a growing small business, you can sponsor people to work on a 457 visa. What's even more exciting is that you can incentivize long-term employment through visa pathways to Australian Permanent Residency for your international staff. We have helped many businesses with employment retention strategies to keep their international talent working with them long enough to make a lasting impact to their businesses.

So my advice to you is: If you are thinking of employing someone on a 457 visa and want to sponsor them because your business has a genuine need, then don't just "hire" them. Recruit them and invest in their long term tenure with your business so that you get the benefit of their employment and the benefit of the skill transfer to your Australian business and staff.

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62 comments on “I Have a Start Up Business. Can I Sponsor?”

  1. Hi,
    I have been working as a Manager/supervisor in a cleaning company. It is a skilled job but not listed as skilled. We do rangehood canopy maintenance and cleaning in restaurants and hotels. The name of the company is Total Exhaust Cleaning Contractors(TECC). My employer wants to sponsor me since I have been working for last 4 years plus. Not sure but I dont have any Australian Qualification except for a diploma in business. I am 41 years old and currently in graduate visa. Please let me know if there is any possibility

  2. hi . my husband works for a cleaning company in australia. his employer wants to sponsor his visa . we are in student visa right now . can his emloyer sponsor his visa ? which visa we should apply for ?

  3. Hi,
    My business is a startup business and I'm planning to bring my father in law who has around 35 yrs of experience in advertising agency. He is around 61 years old now and will be needing him for my business. Can I sponsor him on 457 visa?

  4. Hi .my name is Anna. I have operated a Thai Restaurant in remote town for 2 years. Can i apply 187 visa myself. Thanks

  5. I am running a startup marketing agency and Im looking to sponsor a designer whos already in australia.
    What are the requirements i need to sponsor whilst being a startup?

    1. Hi Dre,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  6. Hi,

    I am in the process of setting up a restaurant however the biggest challenge is finding a chef locally that specializes in the cuisine I am going to serve. I will not be in a position to trade unless I have a chef, In this situation how am I able to sponsor a chef from overseas or locally (Already in Australia on 457 visa)? Any information you can provide would be appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Sai

    1. Hi Sai,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  7. Hi, I will open a restaurant in December because the building is under construction.
    I need to sponsor the one who will be my excutive chef, who will have to deal with the pre-opening period. Suppliers, staff, appliances and so on.
    Can I sponsor him before the opening of the restaurant but with the company open and operational?

  8. Hi
    can i sponsor (457) or whichiever the new visa is nowadays my fiances dad, for my new company, but he is 56 years old, and would he then be able to bring his wife (my fiances mum) over de facto?
    cheers

  9. Hi..How much would be the start up investment for the 457 self sponsorship business visa.I'm planning to have a small coffee shop.Thanks.

    1. Hi Angel,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  10. Hello
    I just opened a clenning business in the countryside (1 month ago)... the business already have considerable clients but I had few personal problems in my hometow and had to leave Australia for a while. Can I sponsor someone in a 187 visa ot maybe 457 so this person can help me while I'm not in Australia?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Mary,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  11. Hi,
    I am planning to start new start up (Restaurant) business, Can I sponsor 457 visa to the person already in Australia? please advice me is possible transfer his visa to my start up business?

    Thanks
    arvin

    1. Hi Arvin,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Vir,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  12. Hi, my husband and i are planning to business related to commercial cleaning. will i be able to sponsor workers from overseas?

  13. Hi i would like to know if a company or a business can sponsor a 457 visa even if they changed company name and ABN number recently 2 months ago? Even if the waiting period for changing company name is 6months.
    Thank you

    1. Hi,

      My question is that if I start a new business in food industry, Can i then sponsor someone based on a business plan? I have found a very good and skilled head chef from Europe that I would like to do the business with and I want to sponsor him to come here to start the new business. How does that work?

      1. Hi mirak,

        We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  14. Can a small business doing commercial cleaning sponsor a worker? He meets almost all requirements. He has worked for the company for 4 years while at school to become a mechanic, but can't find work that meets earning criteria.

    1. Hi
      I have cleaning company just opened and i have office in regional but want to sponsor someone as RSMS can i do that?

    1. Hi Adam,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  15. Hi just want to know about Rsms 187. I have started business in reginal area this month . So I can sponsor some one for subclass 187 ??

    1. Hi KB,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  16. Hi my One of teh Friend Start Jim's Computer Service Business and he sponsor me as RSMS in Franchise business , Can he do that?

    1. Hi Sagar Balar,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  17. Hi
    I am a permanent resident of Australia. One of my friend running a food chain in India willing to invest in Australia with me. Pls advice....

    1. Hi Aditya,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  18. Hi I am planning to start up a Natural Health clinic and would i be eligible to sponsor a overseas worker to work for me? I have just become a accredited practitioner and hoping to start business part time and then full time. pls advise. many thanks

    1. Hi kavitha,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

    1. Hi Isabelle,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  19. hi there,
    I Started a business in august 2015. i start with sole trader and from this year July 2016 we changed to company structure. so i was wondering if can I sponsor someone? I’d like to know what’s necessary (actually how much) and how long it’ll take. our industry is beauty salon.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi lin seto,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

    1. Hi Rahul!
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  20. Hi, I had started my business in April and was wondering what the process is for sponsoring someone to invest their time and contribute ideas in helping to grow the business.

    1. Hi Bhupinder,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  21. I’m opening a new business in July… So, can I sponsor someone? or can I transfer the sponsor of someone in my new business ?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Vincent,

      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  22. Hi There,

    I Started a business in January and is growing up faster than we planned... So, can I sponsor someone? I'd like to know what's necessary (actually how much) and how long it'll take.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Kyle,

      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email soon. πŸ™‚

  23. Hi, there. I am just wondering how long it will take to process a 457 sponsorship for a start-up business and can it be applied before the business actively operating, say, a new restaurant.thanks a lot.

    1. Hi Da,

      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  24. I would like to know if there is any requirement for the startup business, for example, the requirement for investment or annual revenue.

    1. Hi Yolanda,

      We apologise for the late reply. We updated our article to adjust for new policies that were implemented.

      UPDATE: On the 14th December 2015, new policies were implemented by Immigration that now discourage self-sponsorship from sole operators and small businesses under the Subclass 457.

      To do a self-sponsorship, you have to have substantial start-up capital available and a very strong business plan with viable market penetration.

      The requirement to prove that the position, for self-sponsorship, is genuine is now much more difficult to establish. A person must also prove that they do not have a long-term "migration outcome" (for permanent residency) as their main purpose. Moving forward, I believe it is important to show that you have incentives to return overseas, when considering self-sponsorship.

      For more information about self-sponsored 457's, email us at solutions@visaone.com.au and one of our consultants will contact you to assess your options.

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