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Why use this service?

This service is for organisations who require their own Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) to employ 482 visa holders directly. If you are struggling to find the necessary skills within the Australian labour market alone, obtaining an SBS will give you additional scope to find and engage talent.

How we can help

Entity Solutions has countless years of experience processing and lodging SBS applications for a wide range of business types. Keeping up to date with the Department of Home Affairs’ (DOHA) constant modifications to rules and regulations, we ensure our clients are advised accordingly.


  • The permanent employer sponsored visa options are available for skilled workers with a permanent offer of employment in Australia.
  • Direct entry and transitional residence pathways are available.
  • Visa options include:
    • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Visa Subclass 186
    • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa Subclass 187

Business Benefits

  • There is an extensive range of occupations on the Skilled Occupations/ ANZSCO list, making it an accessible option for many industries
  • Obtaining your own standard business sponsorship has never been easier and processing times have improved over recent times
  • When engaging someone whose occupation is on the MLTSSL, you can provide a seamless transition to Permanent Residency (PR) via the Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream pathway
  • This then acts as a retention lever for organisations as the individual needs to work for their sponsor for three continuous years


If you are a lawfully operating business with a genuine need for sponsorship, it is a streamlined process to obtain this status. Generally speaking, you must satisfy the below criteria:

  • You must be a legally established and currently operating business
  • Have no adverse information regarding your business
  • You should have a strong record of, or a demonstrated commitment to employing local labour

The TSS is designed to enable employers to address labour shortages by bringing in genuinely skilled workers where they cannot source an appropriately skilled Australian. If your business has a genuine need, with the right help, it has never been easier to pursue a sponsor status.

There are three stages in sponsoring an employee from overseas under the TSS visa program;

  1. Sponsorship: The employer applies for approval as a Sponsor.
  2. Nomination: The employer/sponsor nominates an occupation of need
  3. Visa: the applicant applies for their visa.

The Australian Government recognises that there are low risk businesses and organisations that have a history of compliant sponsorship and a genuine need to seek to engage foreign skills. Those businesses or organisations that fit within 5 specific and defined categories of sponsor, can seek Accredited Sponsor status. Once granted accredited status, the process of obtaining a 482 visa is streamlined and you will receive an answer on your applications within a reasonable and prioritised period.


An accredited sponsor receives priority when the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) nominations and visa applications are processed. The Department of Home Affairs process most Accredited Sponsor nomination applications in approximately 5 business days.


The 5 defined categories are:


Category 1: Commonwealth, state and territory government agencies

Category 2: Australian Trusted Traders

Category 3: Low volume usage and high percentage of Australian workers (at least 85%)

Category 4: High volume usage and medium percentage of Australian workers (at least 75%)  Category 5: Major investment in Australia

A SBS is valid for 5 years from the date it is granted and provides for an unlimited amount of positions over the period. You would reapply for the SBS every 5 years or when there is a substantial change to your business – i.e. if your ACN/ABN changes.

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