Employing Candidates WITH a Visa

It’s a scenario that you may be faced with at any time during the recruitment process, that “perfect candidate” applies, but they are a Foreign National and therefore require sponsorship. So, what should you do?  Carry on looking or investigate the candidate further?

There are both advantages and disadvantages to employee/employer sponsorship – the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa which replaced the old SubClass 457 visa.


Access to a fresh bank of candidates, often at a reduced salary

Processing time for the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa is set to drop (estimated 4-8 weeks Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa Australia)

Cost for the TSS visa has also dropped with the government giving 2 & 4 year options - making this an affordable option

Candidates on a Visa sponsorship are likely to move around less

Some candidates will reduce salary expectations to secure a move to Australia


Processing time can be frustrating where you have an immediate need

You’ll need to go through the red-tape to organise the Visa

Performance managing an under-performer can be sensitive especially if they may need to leave the country should the job not work out

The visa application can fall through at any stage


In our opinion, the TSS is a great scheme where a role can be pre-planned or where skill shortages require the employer to look further afield. Outside of this, for those needing someone urgently, this may not be your best option (unless you can find temporary cover).