Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa (subclass 482)
The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) is a type of visa that allows skilled workers to work in Australia for up to four years. This visa is designed to address the shortage of skilled workers in certain occupations in Australia and to ensure that businesses can access the talent they need to remain competitive in the global marketplace.
The TSS visa has three streams:
- the short term stream
- the medium-term stream
- the labor agreement stream
The short-term stream allows skilled workers to work in Australia for up to two years. This stream is designed for occupations on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). The STSOL is a list of occupations that are in high demand but are not expected to be in demand for an extended period.
The medium-term stream allows skilled workers to work in Australia for up to four years. This stream is designed for occupations on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). The MLTSSL is a list of occupations that are in high demand and are expected to remain in demand for an extended period.
The labor agreement stream allows skilled workers to work in Australia for up to four years. This stream is designed for skilled workers who have been sponsored by an employer who has entered into a labor agreement with the Australian government. A labor agreement is a formal agreement between an employer and the Australian government that outlines the terms and conditions of employment for overseas workers.
Eligibility for a TSS visa
- Applicants must have the necessary skills and qualifications for the nominated occupation.
- Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving a certain score on an approved English language test.
- Applicants must meet health and character requirements.
- Applicants must be sponsored by an approved sponsor.
- The sponsor must nominate the applicant for the appropriate stream and occupation.
- The applicant’s salary must meet the minimum salary requirement for the nominated occupation.
Once a Temporary Skill Shortage visa is granted the visa holder can work in Australia for the approved sponsor in the approved occupation. The visa holder can also bring family members to Australia as dependents. However, dependents cannot work in Australia unless they have their own work rights.
Temporary Skill Shortage visa conditions
- Working for the approved sponsor in the approved occupation.
- Not working for any other employer.
- Not engaging in any activities that are inconsistent with the visa holder’s approved occupation.
- Complying with all Australian laws.
- Maintaining health insurance while in Australia.