Passport & Consular Services

Do I Have to Be Nominated for a Work Visa?

The requirement of being nominated for a work visa depends on the specific work visa program and the country you are applying to. In some cases, you may need to be nominated by an employer or a government entity to be eligible for certain work visas, while in other cases, individual applications without nomination may be accepted. Here are some examples:

Australia: In Australia, some work visa subclasses, such as the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa (subclass 482) and the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 494), require a nomination from an approved sponsor or an employer. The nomination process involves the employer submitting an application to nominate the employee for a specific occupation.

Canada: In Canada, the majority of work permits require a job offer from a Canadian employer before applying. The employer may need to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to demonstrate the need to hire a foreign worker.

United Kingdom: The Skilled Worker Visa in the United Kingdom requires a job offer from an employer who is a licensed sponsor. The employer needs to provide a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to the employee, which is an electronic record with specific details of the job offer.

It’s important to note that these are just a few examples, and the requirements for nomination can vary significantly depending on the country and the specific work visa program. It’s advisable to refer to the official immigration website of the country you are interested in or consult with a qualified immigration professional to understand the nomination requirements for the specific work visa you are considering.

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