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Visa rights at work

If your employer is your approved visa sponsor, they must pay all costs associated with becoming a sponsor, as well as:

  • cost of sponsorship and nomination charges
  • migration agent costs associated with the lodgement of sponsorship and nomination applications
  • the nomination training contribution charge (Skilling Australians Fund Levy)
  • migration agent fees or legal fees associated with sponsorship monitoring
  • administrative costs and any sundry costs an employer incurs when they conduct recruitment exercises, including:
  • recruitment agent fees
  • the cost of job advertising
  • screening of candidates, short listing, conducting interviews and reference checks
  • salaries of recruitment or human resource staff
  • the cost of outsourcing background checks, police checks and psychological testing if these relate to an employer determining an applicant's suitability for the position
  • training of new staff
  • responding to queries for prospective candidates and advising unsuccessful applicants


When a member sponsored by a large private hospital on a Temporary Skill Shortage visa (TSS) (subclass 482) resigned, her employer sought to withhold over $2,500.00 from her final pay, claiming she was contractually required to repay accommodation and relocation costs associated with her visa.

ANMF wrote to the member’s employer on her behalf contending the employer had breached migration regulation requirements which prohibited them from charging these costs to our member. The employer agreed to cease the action they were taking to have our member repay costs and she was able to move on to start her new job without having to repay any costs.

If you have queries regarding your visa or suspect your employer is not meeting their sponsorship obligations, you can call the Department of Home Affairs on 131 881.

ANMF members with further queries can ask via the Member Assistance form.


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