TSS Visa (Temporary Skill Shortage 482 Visa)-UniHill Immigration Servcies

TSS Visa (Temporary Skill Shortage 482 Visa)

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.

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.

The TSS visa is a temporary visa which permits the holder to live in Australia, while working full-time for the sponsoring employer, in the nominated position. Applicants for a TSS visa may include dependent family members in their application.

The TSS Visa has two streams:

  1.  Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) – is valid for two years. It can be renewed onshore once, for a further two years, but no pathway for Australian permanent residency. This will be assessed every six months and occupations may be added or removed.
  2. Medium-Term Skilled Occupations List (MLTSSL) – is granted for four years. There is also the capacity for onshore visa renewals as long as the occupation is still on the list and a pathway to Australian permanent residency after three years. 

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.

TSS Visa Requirements

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
  • 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 (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)

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