A significant number of finance, sales and marketing professionals move to Australia each year. If you’re looking to move to Australia, a business will need to sponsor you under the temporary skills shortage (TSS) visa. However, many sponsors and applicants are unaware of what limitations can apply to them under each occupation. This article will look at the specific visa requirements for finance managers, sales managers, marketing managers and marketing specialists.

Finance Managers

As a finance manager, your job must include controlling and coordinating the financial and accounting activities within an organisation.

You must hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher qualification in a related field. Alternatively, you must have at least five years of relevant work experience. In some situations, relevant work experience and on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

To meet Australian visa standards, your job title may be:

  • Chief Financial Officer;
  • Finance Director;
  • Financial Controller; or
  • Financial Administrator.

If you hold one of the above job titles, your daily tasks must include:

  • implementing and maintaining budgeting and accounting plans;
  • using financial information to determine implications for the business;
  • coordinating the development and implementation of accounting systems;
  • directing the preparation of financial reports;
  • assessing the financial status of operational projects;
  • advising on investment strategies, sources of funds and the distribution of earnings;
  • delivering long-range profit forecasts; and
  • ensuring compliance with appropriate financial laws and standards.

Sales and Marketing Managers

To be classified as a sales or marketing manager, you must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. However, if you have completed at least five years of relevant work experience, you may not need a formal qualification. In some circumstances, relevant experience and on-the-job training may be required in addition to a formal qualification.

Generally, the duties and responsibilities for the nominated occupation include:

  • directing the development of sales strategies;
  • setting sales targets;
  • directing the development of strategies to promote an organisation’s goods and services; and
  • leading the implementation and maintenance of the business’ branding to create a reputation with customers, investors and the wider public.

However, this visa excludes positions that:

  • have annual earnings of less than AUD $65,000;
  • are based in a front-line retail setting;
  • predominantly involve direct client transactional interaction;
  • are in a business which has an annual turnover of less than AUD $1 million; and
  • involve an internal company transfer where an international trade obligation applies.

This occupation is prevalent in large corporations, and you typically must be responsible for managing a team of staff to be able to move to Australia under this visa.

Marketing Specialists

Generally, you are considered an advertising and marketing professional if your job involves:

  • planning and implementing advertising campaigns;
  • coordinating the production of advertising campaigns;
  • advising executives and clients on advertising strategies;
  • analysing consumer data and predicting trends;
  • conducting market research for potential demand;
  • preparing and executing marketing objectives to aid in business growth;
  • researching to identify market opportunities; and
  • advising on all elements of marketing.

If you are applying for a visa as an advertising and marketing professional, you will need to hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher qualification in a related field. Alternatively, you may substitute this requirement with five years of relevant work experience. In some instances, relevant experience or on-the-job training may also be required.

As an advertising and marketing professional, you may hold one of these job titles:

  • Marketing Consultant;
  • Brand Manager;
  • Marketing Coordinator;
  • Marketing Officer;
  • Category Manager;
  • Product Manager; or
  • Sales Promotion Officer.

However, this visa excludes positions that:

  • have annual earnings of less than AUD $65,000;
  • are based in a front-line retail setting;
  • predominantly involve direct client transactional interaction; and
  • are in a business that has an annual turnover of less than AUD $1 million.

Can I Become a Permanent Resident?

These occupations are on the short term list (STSOL) and do not offer permanent residency options. If you are seeking to become a permanent resident of Australia, you will need to look at other pathways.

For example, two visas which do lead to permanent residency include the:

However, only some of these occupations will qualify for these permanent visas.

For example, in NSW, none of the above occupations is identified as a priority occupation. Therefore, you are not able to apply for a skilled independent visa or a skilled nominated visa with NSW state nomination.

However sales and marketing managers can access the skilled nomination visa with the Queensland state nomination if they currently work and reside in Queensland.

It is important that you review each state’s priority occupation list to determine if your occupation is in demand. Please note, these occupation lists are reviewed each year and occupations can be added or deleted at any time.

Key Takeaways

If you work in finance, sales or marketing, you may able to move to Australia. However, there are extensive requirements that you must meet to be eligible for a TSS visa. Job titles can be very specific, and TSS visas are usually only granted for senior positions within companies. Furthermore, a TSS visa does not lead to permanent residency, so you will need to explore other options if that is what you are looking for. If you have any questions about migrating to Australia for work, contact LegalVision’s immigration lawyers on 1300 544 755 or fill out the form on this page.

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