How to apply for visas and permanent residency

Jump to information on how to apply for the following:


Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa - subclass 482

STAGE 1:  The University lodges an Employer Nomination application
Step 1 The candidate receives and signs the Offer of Employment and employment contract.
Step 2

The HR Service Centre assists all new staff with onboarding. The candidate sends the designated HR Service Centre Officer: 

  • signed Offer of Employment (noting the agreed commencement date) and employment contract
  • completedInformation for Immigration TSS 482 Form
  • copies of passport ID pages for the staff member and accompanying family members (if applicable)
  • CV
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
Step 3

The designated HR Service Centre Officer:

  • reviews and assesses the information, and requests additional information, if required 
  • prepares the Employer Nomination application and lodges it with the Department of Home Affairs
  • charges the cost of the Employer Nomination to the relevant faculty/unit. advises the staff member and faculty/unit of the outcome of the Employer Nomination, once a decision has been made by the Department of Home Affairs.
STAGE 2:  The candidate lodges a visa application
The candidate prepares and lodges their visa application using the forms (paper or online) and instructions on the Department of Immigration and Home Affairs website. For assistance, contact the HR Service Centre by email immigration.relocation@sydney.edu.au

Permanent Residency: how to apply

The application process for a Permanent Residency visa only begins once the candidate receives approval from the faculty/unit.

STAGE 1: The University lodges an Employer Nomination application
Step 1 The staff member or candidate discusses with the faculty/unit the opportunity to pursue a permanent residency application under the Employer Nomination Scheme.
Step 2

If the staff member is currently employed, the faculty/unit looks at the period of employment and the most recent AP&D/PM&D Review to ensure that the staff member is performing at minimum expected standards (i.e. a “satisfactory” or higher level).

Step 3

If the faculty/unit confirms its support for permanent residency, the Head of School or Delegated Officer prepares a letter (or email) confirming their support for the permanent residency application and documenting the appropriate responsibility and project codes for allocation of the Employer Nomination fee.

Step 4

The staff member completes the Information for Immigration Temporary 186 Visa and collates the following documentation:

  • copy of the current signed Offer of Employment (with a three employment remaining with the University at the commencement of the sponsorship process to ensure the University meets the two years employment period from the estimated date of the visa grant)
  • position description or selection criteria
  • current CV
  • support letter from the faculty/unit
  • confirmation of the responsibility and project codes from the faculty
  • evidence of English language proficiency and
  • passport ID pages for the staff member and accompanying family members.

The staff memberprovides the documentationto the Immigration and Relocation Team

Step 5

The HR Service Centre:

  • reviews and assesses the information provided against the eligibility criteria, and requests additional information, as required
  • prepares the Employer Nomination application and lodgesit with the Department of Home Affairs
  • charges the cost of the EmployerNomination to the faculty/unit
  • advises the staff member and faculty/unit of the outcome of the Employer Nomination, once a decision has been made by the Department of Home Affairs.
STAGE 2:  Once the Employer Nomination is approved by the  Department of Immigration and Border Protection,  the candidate  lodges a visa application 
Step 1 The candidate prepares the visa application using  forms and  instructions on the Department of Home Affairs website.  The candidate may decide to engage the services of a registered migration agent to prepare and lodge the visa application on their behalf - this is a decision which is made entirely by the staff member and there is no requirement for the University to meet any costs associated with this decision.
Step 2 The candidate (or their migration agent) lodges the visa application in accordance with the Department of Home Affairs requirements.
Step 3 The candidate provides the HR Service Centre with the visa grant notice for uploading onto the staff member's file.