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Old 11-24-2010, 02:52 AM
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Hi I am trying to prepare my paperwork to sponsor using a 457 visa.
I have saved the 'e forms' @ immi.. Here are a few details of my situation if anyone has any advise (good or bad) please feel free to comment. I will thank you now for your much appreciated help thanks.

I have not Sponsored before.
I have a Pty Ltd Company
I employ 3 contractors one of whom is the applicant on a working holiday visa. His visa will run out on the 7th of Jan 2010. We hope to get paper work in so we can get a bridging visa.

We are located in Perth WA. But operating in remote WA.

Turnover last year $700,000
His salary will be around $82,000 - $95,000
He is an Irish Qualified Carpenter/Joiner
He is very experienced for his age 27.
Has been contracting for me for almost 1 year.

He is a huge asset to my company that is why I am doing this.

I have most of my paperwork in order from my accountant. I have filled out both e forms.

I am collecting various references from building company's and on going work on remote government projects.

It is difficult to find Good carpenters to do this work.

I have drafted a full time employment contract with reference to the Building and Construction General On - site Award 2010.

I am hung up on the training benchmarks section. I want to go down the road of onsite training in new building technologies. Can I write up a spread sheet showing training of my employees ect?(I haven't spent money on training last year) will this do? can I also attach a letter showing privet training courses available to employees for next year?

Finally when I lodge my application and nomination how long before the nominee can lodge his paperwork? Do we still have time?

Thankyou for your time,

Another confused Carpenter

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Old 11-24-2010, 05:03 AM
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The forum is for applicants/personal visa sponsors more so than employer sponsors Carpenter and it is probably best that you either see a migration agent or attempt to get some ideas from Immi, they not so much up for direct detailed advice.

But if you're looking to save yourself a bob or two and nothing wrong with that for most of Immi regs are not rocket science and it seems you may have you read

If you in fact only have contractors contracted and no employees or you have had employees but no verifiable training, as much as you may like to develop some structured training I'd suspect you'll fall into Benchmark A
How can businesses who do not employ any Australians meet the benchmarks? Businesses that operate in Australia but do not employ any Australian workers must provide evidence of contributing to an industry training fund to meet Training Benchmark A.
And even if you have some employees and pay less than 1 percent of salary towards training, you'll still be in A
What if my training expenditure on my employees is less than one per cent?
Then Training Benchmark A applies.
In summary, it seems unless you already have a well structured existing training program for employees you will be up for paying into a training fund.

The employee can lodge his application simultaneous with you lodging yours and the nomination if he likes though if you are rejected as a sponsor, his application will also be rejected and not sure whether he'll lose his application fee.
But if you get yours in, he could wait a few weeks and see if you get an answer and then submit.
I'd try not to highlight that he has been contracting for you for nearly a year as that could be construed as having been employed with the same employer for more than 12 months unless he got a clearance for being contracted not being classed as employed.

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Thanks I appreciate the advice. Very usefull!!!

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