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Self-Sponsorship (Subclass 457) visa

Skilled workers are allowed to come to Australia and work for an approved business for up to four years through the 457 visa (Temporary Work (Skilled) visa, subclass 457). Currently, this visa is replaced with Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482) for new applicants.

Rather than rely on an employer to sponsor your permanent residency, you may have the option to establish a company in Australia and delegate yourself to Australia as an employee in your own company and sponsor your 457 visa.


After meeting visa requirements, you may then be eligible for a skilled visa or an employer nominated visa in the future which may lead to you obtaining permanent residency.  

Self-Sponsorship Services Offered by SCVI

The Self-Sponsorship pathway is not an official visa subclass but a four stage process in which you can utilise to migrate to Australia.  This pathway typically comprises of the following four stages:


  • Registration of your Australian business and meeting the requirements to be a Standard Business Sponsor

  • Development and preparation of your Business plan (in conjunction with our partner consulting firm, SpringCity)

  • Prepare and lodge the application for your company to become a Standard Business Sponsor (SBS)

  • Nomination of a position

  • Preparation of documents and lodgement of your visa application

  • Follow up and manage the progress of your application



SCVI Migration is able to guide and assist you throughout the process.  We also work closely with other consultants and business brokers who may have a business for sale that may be of interest to you.

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