Your employee is a keeper!
Updated: Jun 1
Covid 19 closed Australian borders and also kept the vast global talent pool out of reach for Australian employers who benefitted from them in the pre-Covid era via a temporary visa.
As an employer, you might have a few employees on a work visa, but as time goes by, you must find a pathway to keep them in Australia.
How did Covid affect your employees?
Before Covid 19, many sponsored migrants relied on the General Skilled Migrant (GSM) pathway to pursue and secure their permanent residency in Australia. This means that after approximately 1-3 years on a temporary visa, they would have applied for the GSM visa and granted their permanent residency.
Unfortunately, Covid 19 reshuffled the Department of Home Affairs priorities and GSM has dropped to the bottom of the list. Your employee cannot rely on the GSM visa anymore and must find other options to get his permanent residency to remain in Australia.