Documents needed for a 457 Visa (August 2012)

I’ve recently had to go through the 457 visa process for Australia, which was a bit of a pain when it came to documentation. I thought it would be useful to let people know what docs I needed to complete my application and get approved.


Note: This is what I had to submit. You may be asked to provide additional documents.

– Submit your 457 Visa online:

– You need to find a job code that correlates with your role:

Things you need to submit after the online application:

  • Proof of Health Insurance in Australia (Can be an international health insurance plan). I’m from the U.S. and got my health insurance through
  • Official College Transcript from your University.
  • Resume or CV.
  • Certified Passport Copy.
  • Letter of Offer from your employer which includes your role and such.
  • Competitive Salary Proof – This consists of screenshots of various job posting sites and their rates for the same position. This is to prove that you are being paid a competitive salary with the market.
  • Copy of employment references.

Your company needs to submit:

1196N: This is a request to sponsor you from the company.

  • Hiring rationale – A doc that explains, from the company, their reasons for hiring you over an Australian.
  • Organizational Structure- A doc/image that shows where you stand within a the organization’s structure.
  • Letter of Offer with both the employer and employee’s signature.

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