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TSS 482 Visa

TSS 482 VISA (TEMPORARY SKILL SHORTAGE VISA)

TSS visa enables employers to address labour shortages by hiring skilled workers where they cannot find an appropriately skilled Australian. It facilitates employment of foreign workers to address temporary skill shortages, while ensuring that Australian workers get priority. TSS visa holders can work in Australia in their nominated occupation and may have a pathway to permanent residency.

A business can sponsor someone for this visa if they cannot find an Australian citizen or permanent resident to do the skilled work. The business must be a Standard Business Sponsor (SBS) or an Overseas Business Sponsor (OBS) to sponsor you under the TSS visa.

You can be in or outside Australia​ when you lodge your application (or hold a BVA, BVB, BVC).

From 18 March 2018, the 457 visa was abolished and replaced with the TSS visa (Subclass 482). The TSS 482 visa is comprised of a Short-Term stream, Medium-Term stream and Labour agreement stream.

The TSS 482 visa involves a three-step process:

  • Step 1: a sponsorship application by the employer (the employer needs to be a lawfull, active, operating business and meet local labour and employment practices).
  • Step 2: The second part of the application process is the nomination application. This is regarding the position to be filled, salary details, efforts to hire Australian workers and the ‘genuineness’ of the position. The business must also be viable to sponsor from overseas.
  • Step 3: a visa application by the nominated employee. The visa applicant must demonstrate that they meet the skills required for their occupation as well as health and character requirements.

Medium TSS Visa vs Short TSS Visa

Medium and Long Term TSS Visa (482)

  • Occupation on MLTSSL
  • Renewable onshore and unlimited times
  • Pathway to permanent residency (after 3 years)
  • IELTS 5 (no skill below 5) or equivalent, unless exempt
  • 2 years of relevant work experience required and meet ANZSCO requirements
  • No age limit
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Employer tests the Australian labour market before an application to sponsor (LMT)
  • Employer must pay the Australian Market Salary Rate (AMSR)

Short-Term TSS Visa (482)

  • Occupation on STSOL
  • Renewable once onshore (2+2 max in total onshore) + more offshore- you may apply for a 3rd one onshore if you:
    • were in Australia as the holder of a SC 482 visa in the Short-term stream for periods that total at least 12 months between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021; and
    • make that further application before 1 July 2023 unless the Minister specifies a later date.
  • IELTS overall 5 (no skill below 4.5) or equivalent, unless exempt
  • NO permanent residency pathway unless regional
  • Show intention of temporary stay (GTE requirement)
  • 2 years of relevant work experience required and meet ANZSCO requirements
  • No age limit
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Employer tests the Australian labour market before an application to sponsor (LMT)
  • Employer must pay the Australian Market Salary Rate (AMSR)

TSS Visa -Regional (ROL)

  • Occupation on the Regional Occupations list (ROL)
  • Employer must be in a designated regional area
  • Renewable onshore and unlimited times
  • Pathway to permanent residency through the 494 visa
  • IELTS 5 (no skill below 5) or equivalent, unless exempt
  • 2 years of relevant work experience required and meet ANZSCO requirements
  • No age limit
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Employer tests the Australian labour market before an application to sponsor (LMT)
  • Employer must pay the Australian Market Salary Rate (AMSR)

3 Streams

There are three streams available under the TSS 482 visa:

  • Short-term stream – this is for employers to source genuine temporary overseas skilled workers in occupations included on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) for a maximum of two years each time (or up to four years if an international trade obligation applies)
  • Medium-term stream – this is for employers to source highly skilled overseas workers to fill medium-term critical skills in occupations included on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Regional Occupations List (ROL) for up to four years (each time), with eligibility to apply for permanent residence after three years
  • Labour Agreement stream – this is for employers to source overseas skilled workers in accordance with a labour agreement with the Commonwealth, on the basis of a demonstrated need that cannot be met in the Australian labour market and standard visa programs are not available, with the capacity to negotiate a permanent residence option.

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