The TSS – 482 Visa is one of Australia’s most popular visas. The 482 Visa allows skilled workers to come to Australia and work for an approved business for up to four years. A business can sponsor someone for this visa if they cannot find an Australian citizen or permanent resident to do the skilled work.
A business must become approved as a Standard Business Sponsor in order to sponsor an overseas worker.
You can work in your nominated occupation for your approved Australian sponsor under one of the following:
- the Short-Term stream
- the Medium-Term stream
- the Labour Agreement stream
The Temporary Skill Shortage (Subclass 482) Visa is a temporary visa which permits the holder to live in Australia, while working full-time only for the sponsoring employer, in the nominated position.
With this visa, you can:
- work in Australia only for your sponsor for up to 4 years
- travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid
- if eligible, apply for permanent residence
You can bring your family with you (they can work and study) and you can travel in and out of Australia as often as you like.
To apply for the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa subclass 482, you must be sponsored by an approved employer and meet a number of other requirements:
The role that the employer wants to fill must appear as an occupation on the Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations. The salary for the nominated position must meet two requirements.
- Firstly, the remuneration must be above the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT). This threshold is set by DIBP each year and is currently $53,900 plus superannuation.
- Secondly, the proposed salary must be within the market rate for the role.
There is no age limit for the 482 Visa. This is an important fact of the 482 Visa and is also one of the major advantages of this visa. However, only applicant under 45 years old can apply for Permanent Residency after 3 years of work under the same employer applying for the ENS (subclass 186) Visa – Transition Stream
The applicant must have the skills required to fulfill the role. All TSS visa applicants are required to have a relevant qualification and a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience.
If applicants are not from an exempt country (UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Ireland), they will also need to meet English language requirements.
How long can you stay?
The TSS visa has a short-term stream and a medium/long – term stream.
Applicants with occupations on the Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) are eligible for visas of up to two years (renewable once, for a further two years), whilst those on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) can apply for up to four years, with eligibility for permanent residency after three years.
Application Fees and processing time
Short Term List
a.Main Applicant (Short Term List) – $1,265
b. Secondary Applicant over 18: $1,265.00
c. Secondary applicant under 18: $330.00
Medium and Long Term List:
a.Main Applicant (Short Term List) – $2,645.00
b. Secondary Applicant over 18: $2,645.00
c. Secondary applicant under 18: $660.00
Processing Time – 14 to 30 days