Visa Sponsorship (Immigration)

Approving Authority:
Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Committee
Date of Approval:
11 October 2000
Last Amended:
3 June 2015
Contact Officer:
Faculty HR Consultant

Non-residents of Australia are only able to take up employment at UNSW with a valid visa issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). The visas allowing full-time employment are:
  • Permanent Residence Visa, for employment of three years or more
  • Temporary Residence Visa (Business Subclass 457 - Long Stay), for employment of a period up to four years (DIBP allows subsequent sponsorship for this type of visa)
The University is required to sponsor pending employees who apply for permanent or temporary residence.
 
Sponsorship by the University
 
In line with Immigration Regulations provided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), the University will normally provide one of the following sponsorship arrangements:
  • Temporary Residence Residence Visa (Business Subclass 457 - Long Stay).
  • For appointments of three years or more the University may sponsor a Permanent Residence application.
Note: The time taken to issue a visa is often quite lengthy. The University may support an application for temporary residence for an appointee to commence duty whilst preparations are made for a permanent residence application.
 
In all but the following cases the University will sponsor once only a Temporary Residence Visa (Business Subclass 457 - Long Stay). Where it is intended that the appointment will be for a three year period alone and the employee clearly intends to return to his/her country of origin the employee will have the choice of a Temporary Residence Visa (Business Subclass 457 - Long Stay) to cover that period only, or a Permanent Residence application.