Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa Subclass 482
In March 2018, the 457 visa was replaced by the Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.
The TSS visa is a temporary visa which permits the holder to live in Australia, while working full-time for the sponsoring employer, in a nominated occupation which is listed on the Short Skilled List or Medium Long Term Skilled List.
TSS Visa Requirements
You are required to have a job offer, two years relevant work experience, in the past five years, and be able to meet other criteria associated with this subclass, such as qualifications, English, health and character requirements.
There is no age limit for a TSS visa however, there is for Permanent Residency. If you are granted a visa in an MLTSSL occupation and intend to apply for permanent residency after three years of working for the same sponsor, you will need to be under 45 at the time of lodging your permanent residency application.
482 Visa Streams
There are three streams applicable to the TSS, including:
- the Short-Term stream
- the Medium-Term stream
- the Labour Agreement stream
Applicants with occupations on the Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) may be eligible for visas of up to two years, renewable onshore once, for a further two years, and potentially renewable for additional two year periods, while applying from offshore, and if capable of meeting Genuine Temporary Entrant requirements, whilst those on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Regional Occupation List (ROL) can apply for up to four years (with eligibility for permanent residency after three years, depending on meeting age, English, Health and Character requirements).
The TSS 482 visa subclass involves a three-step process:
Step 1: a sponsorship application by the employer
Step 2: a nomination application for a skilled position by the employer
Step 3: a visa application by the proposed employee
What you and your family can do whilst on a 482 Visa
If you are granted this visa as a primary application, you can travel to and from Australia for the duration of the visa and will be entitled to work in Australia only for an approved sponsor who has nominated you in your chosen occupation.
While holding this visa, family members can travel to and from Australia for the duration of the visa and can work or study in Australia without restriction.
Processing Standards for TSS visa subclass 482
Processing standards fluctuate in accordance with departmental workload and are updated monthly. You can check the current processing time on https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/global-visa-citizenship-processing-times
Obligations of 482 visa subclass holders
You must maintain health insurance at an appropriate level while you are in Australia. Reciprocal health arrangements may not always be adequate.
The primary visa holder must also engage in approved work. This generally means:
- only work in the occupation for which your visa was approved. To work in a different occupation you must apply for and be granted a new TSS visa
- only work for the employer who nominated the position you are working in (limited exceptions apply)
- not cease employment for a period that exceeds 60 consecutive days
- hold any licence, registration or membership that is mandatory to perform the occupation nominated in relation to you
- comply with each condition or requirement to which the licence, registration or membership is subject
482 Visa to Permanent Residency
In some circumstances, if you are nominated in an MLTSSL occupation, you may have a pathway to PR through 186 Visa subclass.
You will be eligible for permanent residency when/if:
- You have worked for the same sponsor for three years on your TSS visa
- You have worked in the same occupation for the three years
- You have Competent English (at least 6.0 in all parts of IELTS or an equivalent test score, unless you are exempt)
- You have been paid at least the salary confirmed with your 482 application
- You are under 45 years of age at the time of lodging your permanent residency visa
A visa in an STSOL occupation does not lead to permanent residency unless you come under the transitional arrangements for those who applied or held their 457 visa on or prior to 18 April 2017.