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What is an Employer Sponsored Visa (457/187)?

The employer sponsored visas are for skilled workers from outside Australia who have been offered full time work by an approved business to work in Australia. This visa was created to support Australia’s labour market with skilled workers from overseas.

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What are the fovernmental requirements for overseas workers under the Employer Sponsored Visa?

The main requirements are:

  1. English Language Requirements
  2. Australian Skills Requirements

Australian Skills Requirements

The skilled worker is required to demonstrate that they have the skills and experience necessary to perform the work.

There are different Australian authorities that are able to provide verification that the skilled worker is qualified. VETASSESS, ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN COMPUTER SOCIETY, AUSTRALIAN NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL, CPA AUSTRALIA, etc.

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Refer to to know more skills recognition information for your specific occupation.

English Language Requirements

The skilled worker is also required to demonstrate his/her English language abilities. This must be demonstrated through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The skilled worker must score at least 5 in the test.

Refer to to find your nearest test centre.

The International English Language Testing System is an international test of English language proficiency. All candidates must complete four modules:


The module comprises four sections of increasing difficulty. Each section, which can be either a monologue or dialogue, begins with a short introduction telling the candidates about the situation and the speakers. Then they have some time to look through questions. The first three sections have a break in the middle allowing candidates to look at the remaining questions. Each section is heard only once.


In the academic module the reading test comprises three sections, with 3 texts normally followed by 13 or 14 questions for a total of 40 questions overall. The General test also has 3 sections. However the texts are shorter, so there can be up to 5 texts to read.


In the Academic module, there are two tasks: in Task 1 candidates describe a diagram, graph, process or chart, and in Task 2 they respond to an argument. In the General Training module, there are also two tasks: in Task 1 candidates write a letter or explain a situation, and in Task 2 they write an essay.


The speaking test contains three sections. The first section takes the form of an interview during which candidates may be asked about their hobbies, interests, reasons for taking IELTS exam as well as other general topics such as clothing, free time, computers and the internet or family. In the second section candidates are given a topic card and then have one minute to prepare after which they must speak about the given topic. The third section involves a discussion between the examiner and the candidate, generally on questions relating to the theme which they have already spoken about in part 2. This last section is more abstract, and is usually considered the most difficult.

Why do I need it?

It is a requirement set by Australia’s immigration department for any overseas skilled workers who want to be employer-sponsored.

What advantages are there for me I have it now than have it later?

A candidate who has fulfilled these requirements (Australian skills recognition and English requirement) will be considered as more READY for whatever work that Job2Go puts them through. The entire migration process is fast-tracked.

For example:

Job2Go needs an Engineer and will start to source from our database. Engineer John, who has his/her skills assessment and IELTS completed, will be chosen over Engineer Alan, who sent only his resume.

“By preparing, your chances are greatly increased”

What other documents should I provide to Job2Go to increase my chances?

While the candidate prepares for their skills recognition requirements and IELTS, another way to quicken the job selection process is to send:

  1. Resume
  2. Qualification certificates (professional and educational)
  3. References from previous employers
      These should be on the letterhead of the employer and include:
    1. the name, title and contact details of the referee
    2. details of your position and dates of service.

Please take note

Job2Go would like to remind all candidates that by holding a positive skills assessment and an IELTS result (5 and above), it does not mean a guarantee of entry into Australia or guarantee of an employer sponsored visa.

It generally means that the candidate is ‘qualified by Australian standards’ and is READY AND PREPARED to move to Australia for work whenever a client (employer) of Job2Go selects them.

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