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Temporary Skill Shortage visa
(TSS-subclass 482)

If you are looking to work on a sponsored job in Australia, with a visitor’s visa, then it is essential to acquire a temporary skill shortage visa, abbreviated as TSS visa. TSS 482 visa enables employers to address labor 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.

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 482 TSS visa.

Streams Available

There are three streams available under the TSS 482 visa

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482 Short-term stream

This is for employers to source genuine temporary overseas skilled workers in occupations included on the Occupation List for a maximum of two years each time,with eligibility to apply for permanent residence.

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482 Medium-term stream

This is for employers to source highly skilled overseas workers to fill medium-term critical skills in occupations included on the Occupations List for up to four years (each time), with eligibility to apply for permanent residence after three years.

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482 Labour Agreement stream

This visa is for skilled workers nominated by employers who have a Labour Agreement. It lets you live and work in Australia temporarily. Labour agreements are developed between the Australian Government (represented by the Department) and employers.

Basic Eligibility

You must
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Be nominated to work in an occupation on the list of eligible occupations list.

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Have at least 2 years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation or a related field.

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Have a relevant skills assessment if this is required for your occupation.

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Work only for your sponsor or associated entity.

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Meet minimum standards of English language proficiency unless you are exempted.

Visa Process

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A sponsorship application by the employer (the employer needs to be a lawfull, active, operating business and meet local labour and employment practices).

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The second part of the application process is the nomination application. This is regarding the position to be filled, annual market salary details, labour market testing, and the ‘genuineness’ of the position and pay SAF levy. The business must also be viable to sponsor from overseas.

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The 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.

How long you can stay

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This is a temporary visa. You can stay in Australia for the period of time your employer nominates you for.  This will be:

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Can I apply for PR after 2 years of 482 visa?
482 Visa holders may be eligible to apply for permanent residency after three years with their employer, however, this will depend on the occupation. 482 and 457 Visa holders may be eligible to apply for permanent residency sooner than two or three years.
How long does it take from 482 to PR?
The Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa processing time depends on the stream. Generally it could take anytime between a few days to 6 months.
What occupation do I need to be in to qualify via the TSS 482 Visa pathway?

Your occupation must be on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Can I Switch from My TSS visa to a Skilled visa?
Yes, it is possible to change your 482 visa to a 190 visa. Having worked in Australia, you will receive additional points towards your skill assessment. However, additional criteria may apply and a 190 visa is not available to all 482 visa holders.
Is there an age limit for applying for Permanent Residency?
Yes, you must be under 45 years old at the time of application.
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