Individuals and Travellers

Skilled — Sponsored visa (subclass 176)

​This visa is closed to new applications.​ This visa was subject to the Cap and Cease arrangement that took effect on 22 September 2015.  Any visa application that was not decided before 22 September 2015 will be taken not to have been made.  ​

Features

​This visa allows you to migrate to Australia if you have competent English language and other skills and attributes which will contribute the most to the Australian economy. 


 

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • are under 50 years of age
  • have competent English language skills
  • have the skills and qualifications that meet the Australian standard for an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL)
  • you or your partner have an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia who is willing and able to sponsor you or you have a nomination from a participating State or Territory government agency.

About this visa

The Skilled-Sponsored visa (subclass 176) is closed to new applications. This visa was subject to the Cap and Cease arrangement that took effect on 22 September 2015. Any visa application that was not decided before 22 September 2015 will be taken not to have been made.  For more information on the cap and cease arrangement go to Cap and Cease arrangements​.​​

There is a visa finder function located at workers​ which outlines the requirements of all current skilled migration visas. This function will assist you to identify visa subclass(es) which suit your personal circumstances.

Visa applicants

The Skilled-Sponsored visa (subclass 176) is closed to new applications. This visa was subject to the Cap and Cease arrangement that took effect on 22 September 2015. Any visa application that was not decided before 22 September 2015 will be taken not to have been made.  For more information on the cap and cease arrangement go to Cap and Cease arrangements​.​​​

Visa decision

Any application for a Skilled Sponsored visa (subclass 176) that was not decided before 22 September 2015 is taken not to have been made under the cap and cease arrangement. For more information on the cap and cease arrangement go to Cap and Cease arrangements​.

Visa holders

Workers in Australia – including visa holders with permission to work – have rights under Australian workplace law.

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) provides information on pay rates, shift calculations, leave arrangements and notice and redundancy entitlements.

See also: Workplace rights for all visa holders working in Australia

This information is for people who have been granted a Skilled - Sponsored visa (subclass 176). It explains your rights and obligations.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

What this visa lets you do

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any member of your family unit who has also been granted this visa:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

State and territories might also specify requirements, including:

  • living in the nominating state or territory for a specified minimum time
  • telling the state or territory your address both before and after you arrive in Australia
  • completing surveys and providing other information they ask for after you arrive in Australia. ​

Report changes in circumstances

You must tell us if your circumstances change.  This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

Please report changes in your circumstances via ImmiAccount.  If you are not able to use ImmiAccount, you can use the following forms:

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.
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Sponsor obligations

As an eligible relative sponsor, you must sign a sponsorship undertaking and agree to provide:

  • adequate accommodation and financial assistance as required to meet your relative's living needs during their first two years in Australia
  • other support, such as childcare, to enable your relative to attend English language classes
  • information and advice (including information about employment in Australia) to help your relative settle in Australia.

The two-year period starts from the date your relative enters Australia.

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