iVisas works with sponsors to ensure they understand the obligations, implement any changes to systems to ensure compliance, and decide whether the sponsorship is the right decision for their business requirements and operational needs. We work with you to help to reduce the administrative burden of being an 'Approved Sponsor'. 

When a business wants to employ an overseas worker, and that worker does not have work permission on their current visa, then they need to become an 'Approved Sponsor' in order to nominate that person for another appropriate temporary visa with work rights in order to employ them lawfully.

Temporary work visas include:

  • 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa
  • 401 Temporary Work (Long Stay activity) visa
  • 402 Training & Research visa
  • 420 Temporary Work (Entertainment)
Each of these visas have different sponsorship approval processes currently, and cover different types of work activity.

The most common visa used by employers is the 457 Visa.

Standard Business Sponsor (457 visa program)

Both Australian and Overseas businesses wishing to employ workers in Australia, or send current overseas employees to work in Australia, can utilise the 457 visa program and become Standard Business Sponsors.  The requirements for each type of business however are slightly different.

If the business does not operate in Australia, you must be able to show that you need a skilled worker to:

  • come to Australia to establish, or help establish, a business operation with connections with a business located outside Australia
  • fulfil, or help in fulfil, a contractual obligation.
All businesses must demonstrate they are actively operating, lawfully compliant with the region in which they operate and cannot be involved in any unacceptable business practises.

Australian businesses must demonstrate a commitment to training Australians and meet training expenditure benchmarks.

All 'Approved Sponsors' must meet Sponsorship Obligations, which are set through legislation and change regularly to match employment conditions and requirements in Australia.  Employers must ensure they keep records of all required documents according to those obligations for a specified period of time, and notify the Department of Immigration and Border Protection of certain events within specifed time periods, and comply with any requests by Inspectors.

Breaches of the obligations and sponsorship commitments are serious and can result in sizeable on-the-spot fines per breach and risk further fines and even prosecution and jail terms.



Thank you soooo much for everything you've done for us bonnie! Its been great working with you.  Words cant express how happy I am right now... woohooooo!

J.P. & P.P. (Mauritius)

Dear Bonnie

I'm very grateful and thank you very much for your effort and help to grant my visitor visa.  I was overwhelmed and excited; I didnt expect to obtain it so promptly as Im used to everything to be delayed where I am.


Dear Bonnie
We are very grateful for everything that you did - Thank you so much from both of us!!! I think that now we are fiunally over the excitement of the news.  There cannot be any better timing also, as we were just planning a holiday back home and now we can go ahead with our plans. Again, thank you!

M.M. (Estonia)

Hi Bonnie, just to let you know that I achieve citizenship on the 9th of May and the long process has come to a successful conclusion. All of this was only possible due to your work and I am very very grateful.
B.H. (Ireland)

Dear Bonnie

I want to thank you personally for your service regarding our employee... The service we received was erudite, professional and prompt.  I understand the intricacies that can be involved in any visa process, however using your services erased any difficulties we would have faced.  From a business point of view I would highly recommend your services to any other companies who are seeking to sponsor an employee.  

(Director - Resources Company, Perth)

Hi Bonnie, That must have been the fastest processing in human history. Thank you a million times for your excellent and professional help! Thanks again.Thank you a million times...

Regards, Clemens


I want to thank you for all the additional effort you have gone to on this with us.  I won't forget that, you really nailed it, home run.. decision ready first time.

(Student Visa AL-3 applicants - United Arab Emirates)