Overseas Business Sponsorship


The ‘Overseas Business Sponsorship’ (OBS) enables international companies to sponsor their employees for work in Australia through the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa (Subclass 482) visa program. Typically, this sponsorship is utilised when a foreign business aims to establish or assist in establishing a business in collaboration with an Australian-based company, or fulfil contractual obligations within Australia.

Overseas businesses must prove to the decision maker that they are legally established according to the laws of their operating country. This means that if there is a business registration system in their home country, they should be registered accordingly.

  • Failure to register when it is required would not fulfil the “lawful” aspect of the criteria for operating a business. If an overseas business is registered in Australia and also operates a business there, the Australian registered entity should apply for SBS approval.



However, if an overseas business is registered in Australia but there is no evidence of actual operations within the country, they should apply for Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) approval as the overseas business itself.




Typically, the ‘Overseas Business Sponsorship’ (OBS) requires supporting evidence that demonstrates the following purposes for seeking Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) approval:

  • Facilitating the sponsorship of TSS visa holders/applicants who will establish or help establish a business operation in Australia with international connections on behalf of the applicant.
  • Fulfiling or assisting in a contractual obligation for the applicant.
Overseas Business Sponsorship

The decision maker may consider various types of evidence, including but not limited to:

  • A company or business expansion plan.
  • A joint venture agreement between the standard business sponsorship applicant and a party in Australia.
  • A contract between the standard business sponsorship applicant and a party in Australia.

The TSS 482 visa holder is required to work directly for the sponsoring organization, rather than any affiliated entity, as is the case with Australian business sponsors.

Overseas Business Sponsors are not eligible to sponsor individuals for permanent visas like ENS and RSMS.


Here’s how we assist:

Our experienced team are equipped to provide comprehensive assistance and maximize the chances of success for your application. We provide an initial consultation to all potential clients, where we will comprehensively explain the legal aspects of becoming an ‘Overseas Business Sponsor’ and make associated visa applications. We will guide you through the entire process.

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