Overseas workers and your business

As an employer, you can sponsor a worker from overseas if you can't find someone in Australia with the skills or experience you need.

Sponsoring a worker

You may be able to sponsor an overseas worker for a visa specific to the Northern Territory (NT), or one that is used across Australia.

Visas for the NT

If you can't sponsor a worker under the Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa, you may be able to sponsor them under the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement.

For permanent sponsorship, you can sponsor workers under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa.

Read more about the NT Designated Area Migration Agreement.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) lets regional employers employ skilled overseas nationals to fill genuine, full-time positions.

This is only possible where a person with suitable skills cannot be found within the local labour market.

Find out more about the RSMS visa at the Australian Government's Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Visas for Australia

You can sponsor an overseas worker for one day to four years under a Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa.

If you can't sponsor them under a Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa, and there is a skills shortage in their occupation area, you can sponsor them under a labour agreement.

For temporary training, professional development or research work, you can sponsor an overseas worker under a Training and Research visa.

If you have a large-scale resource project, you can sponsor workers under an Enterprise Migration Agreement.

Go to the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for more about:

General skilled migration visas

Skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer may be nominated by the NT Government.

Go to the Australia's Northern Territory website for more about the Skilled Regional Nominated (Provisional) or Skilled Nominated visa.

Skilled workers may also apply for a Skilled Independent (Permanent) visa. 

Go to the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for more about the Skilled Independent (Permanent) visa.

Help with visa options

For information about visa options for recruiting people to the NT, contact Migration NT at the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation.

Phone

1800 006 282

Email

migration@nt.gov.au

Read more about business migration on the Australia's Northern Territory website.

For help choosing the right visa, go to the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection's visa finder tool.

Last updated: 11 July 2017