This visa is the preferred temporary visa pathway for doctors entering Australia as it allows applicants to take advantage of streamlined processing arrangements which include the ability to lodge applications over the internet.
This type of visa can be valid for three months to four years and can be extended after the four year period. It is in three parts:
- a) Sponsorship – where the employer applies to be a sponsor,
b) Nomination – where the employer nominates a position,
c) Visa Application – where the employee applies for a visa.
Doctors should generally apply for a Temporary Business (Long Stay) visa (subclass 457). Employers must lodge a separate Sponsorship Application for each doctor sponsored.
A 457 Visa has a number of advantages including:
Successful applicants can work in Australia for a period of between one day and four years,
• Successful applicants can bring any eligible secondary applicants with them to Australia (secondary applicants can work and study), with no limitations.
• After entering Australia, successful applicants have no limit on the number of times they travel in and out of Australia.