A lawfully operating Australian organisation, Australian or foreign government agency in Australia can apply to be a sponsor and then nominate the foreign employee for the proposed occupation training on SC 407 Training visa.
There are three types of occupational training covered:
1. Workplace-based training required for registration
2. Structured workplace-based training to enhance skills in an eligible occupation
3. Training that promotes capacity building overseas
If the sponsor is not a Commonwealth agency, an application for a 407 Training visa requires a Sponsorship and Nomination applications to be lodged as well as the visa application itself.
The organisation needs to be approved as a temporary activities sponsor. If approved, the organisation will be able to nominate any number of applicants during 5 years from the moment of the approval as a sponsor.
If the nominee (the foreign employee) wishes to change the organisation and training is to be organised by a different approved sponsor, then the nominee has to lodge a new nomination application and the training can commence only after the approval of the nomination.
The Sponsoring organisation must lodge a nomination in order to nominate a foreign worker for the training program. Commonwealth agencies, as approved sponsors, do not need to lodge a nomination.
Most commonly nominations lodged for an occupational training for the foreign workers with recent and suitable experience in the nominated occupation, who are at least 18 years old, have at least a Functional English and who are seeking to undertake a structured workplace-based training programme in relation to an occupation specified in the list of eligible occupations.
The nominee should have at least 12-months full time experience in the occupation to which the training relates in the 24 months immediately preceding the time of nomination.
The training program should comprise at least 30 hours a week of training and at least 70 percent of that training must be conducted in the workplace.
The training programme should be specifically tailored to the training needs of the nominee.
The training program should include an assessment of the nominated trainee’s current level of skill in the chosen occupation and details of supervisors, trainers and assessors, including their qualifications and experience, planned learning outcomes and how they will be monitored and assessed.
The training programme should clearly differentiate between periods of practical work experience and periods of instruction and/or observation; outline the objectives (the additional or enhanced skills the applicant is aiming to gain), training tasks and timeframes. The training tasks should increase in difficulty and complexity over the course of the training program to allow the trainee to progress to a higher-level capability.
If the applicant continues the training with the same sponsor but decides to change the occupation, then a new nomination and visa application must be lodged and the training must commence only after the nomination application has been approved.
The Training visa SC407 allows applicants to work in Australia for a maximum of 2 years but it can be renewed at the end of the training period as many times as needed for a genuine continuing occupational training.
Visa holders have restricted work rights. They can only perform work or a training activity that was specified in the applicant’s nomination or visa application.
To deal with relevant visa applications please contact a Registered Migration Agent