The Subclass 482 Visa allows skilled workers and their families to live and work in Australia for an approved business for up to four years.

The TSS Visa (Temporary Skill Shortage) Subclass 482 has replaced the Subclass 457 Visa. The TSS visa program assists Australian businesses who experience genuine skill shortages and cannot find Australian workers to fill vacant positions.

TSS visa holders can:
-> live and work in Australia for up to four years
-> study in Australia
-> include immediate family on their 482 visa
-> transition to permanent residency (if eligible)

The Subclass 482 Visa (TSS) has 3 different streams:

• Short-Term Stream – up to two years
• Medium-Term Stream – up to four years
• Labour Agreement Stream

Extend your stay
If your 482 (TSS) visa is expiring soon and you would like to continue working for your employer:
• your employer will need to submit a new nomination
• you can apply for a new 482 TSS visa

You may also be eligible to apply for one of the below permanent skilled or employer sponsored visas:
• 189 visa
• 190 visa
• 187 visa (RSMS visa)
• 186 visa (ENS visa)

You may be eligible to apply for a 482 visa

If you have an Australia employer who is willing to sponsor you and meet the following requirements:

GENERAL
TSS Visa applicants must be qualified or have sufficient experience in an occupation listed on the relevant skilled occupation list

Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL)
Regional Occupation List (ROL)

Applicants must be nominated by a Standard Business Sponsor or a business that has applied for a Standard Business Sponsorship.

SKILLS
Applicants must have at least 2 years work experience in the nominated occupation or another relevant role.

Applicants must gain this experience within the previous 5 years before applying. Part-time work may be considered. Casual work will not be considered.

Depending on the nominated occupation and the applicant’s country of origin, a skill assessment may be required before applying for the TSS visa.

AGE
There is no age limit for the TSS (Subclass 482) Visa

HEALTH & CHARACTER
Applicants must meet the health and character requirements and will be required to provide police clearances.

You may need Private Health Cover

If you don’t have an employer, see our employer sponsored job vacancies.

The Subclass 482 Visa (TSS) streams

SHORT TERM STREAM

The short-term TSS (Subclass 482) Visa stream allows applicants to stay for up to 2 years or up to 4 if an International Trade Obligation (ITO) applies.

General
• Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years of work experience in the relevant field
• Occupation must be listed on Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) (For non-regional applications)
• Applicants must meet genuine temporary entrant requirement
• No transitional pathway to Permanent Residency
• Immediate family members may be included, with the support of the employer

English
-> Applicants must demonstrate at least vocational English to be eligible to apply for this visa
-> Applicants can score 5, with a minimum of 4.5 in each test component of the IELTS (or equivalent test)
Do you need to increase your English score before you can apply? Click here for details about short English courses for IELTS and PTE.

Stay Period
Short-Term TSS Visa holder can stay in Australia for:
• 2 years in most cases
• 3 years if you are a Thai citizen/national
• 4 years if an International Trade Obligation (ITO) applies

Extending your stay
If your Short-term 482 (TSS) visa is expiring soon and you would like to continue working for your employer:
• your employer will need to submit a new nomination
• you can apply for a new 482 TSS visa

Generally, if your occupation is listed on the STSOL, you will have limited permanent visa options. You may be eligible to apply for one of the below permanent visas:

190 visa (State Nominated)
489 visa (Regional Sponsored)
187 visa (RSMS visa)

MEDIUM / LONG TERM STREAM

The medium-term TSS (Subclass 482) Visa stream allows applicants to stay for up to 4 years, with the option to apply for another TSS Visa or Permanent Residency.

General
• Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years work experience in the relevant field
• Occupation must be on Medium Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) (For non-regional applications)
• Applicants don’t need to meet genuine temporary entrant requirement
• Applicants have a transitional pathway to Permanent Residency after 3 years
• Immediate family members may be included, with the support of the employer

English
-> Applicants must demonstrate at least vocational English to be eligible to apply for this visa
-> Applicants can score a minimum of 5 in each test component of the IELTS (or equivalent test)
Do you need to increase your English score before you can apply? Click here for details about short English courses for IELTS and PTE.

Stay Period
Medium-term TSS Visa holder can stay in Australia for up to 4 years

Extending your stay
If your Medium-term 482 (TSS) visa is expiring soon and you would like to continue working for your employer:
• your employer will need to submit a new nomination
• you can apply for a new 482 TSS visa
• You may also be eligible to apply for one of the below permanent visas if your occupation is listed on the Medium Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL):
• 189 visa
• 190 visa
• 187 visa (RSMS visa)
• 186 visa (ENS visa)
TSS Visa holders under the medium term stream may also be eligible to apply for a 186 Visa or 187 Visa through the Temporary Residence Transition Stream

LABOUR AGREEMENT STREAM
The Labour Agreement TSS Visa stream allows applicants to stay for up to 4 years, which may have the option to apply for another TSS Visa or Permanent Residency. This TSS stream may be utilised in exceptional circumstances where a business can demonstrate a need that cannot be met by Australian workers and standard visa programs are not available. These agreements are negotiated between an employer and the Department to enable an employer to recruit overseas workers that may have a:
-> Specified age
-> Specified Occupation
-> Skill level
-> English language
-> Salary

General
• Applicants may have a transitional pathway to Permanent Residency, depending on their employer’s labour agreement terms.
• Immediate family members may be included, with the support of the employer

English
Applicants must meet the English level specified in their employer’s labour agreement

Stay Period
Labour Agreement TSS Visa holders can stay in Australia for up to 4 years

Extending your stay
If your Labour Agreement 482 (TSS) visa is expiring soon and you would like to continue working for your employer:

• your employer will need to submit a new nomination
• you can apply for a new 482 TSS visa
• You may also be eligible to apply for one of the below permanent visas, depending on the terms of your employer’s Labour Agreement (The employer will need to hold a valid labour agreement when offering permanent sponsorship):

• 187 visa (RSMS visa)
• 186 visa (ENS visa)

How long will it take to get a decision on your 482 visa?

482 – TEMPORARY SKILL SHORTAGE VISA (subclass 482) – SHORT TERM:
75% of visas are processed within 42 days
90% of visas are processed within 48 days

482 – TEMPORARY SKILL SHORTAGE VISA (subclass 482) – MEDIUM TERM:
75% of visas are processed within 42 days
90% of visas are processed within 62 days

482 – TEMPORARY SKILL SHORTAGE VISA (subclass 482) – LABOUR AGREEMENT:
Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

You can include your family

Subclass 482 (TSS) Visa applicants can add family members to their application before lodgement or after approval. To be eligible to include family members, applicants must meet the below criteria:• your employer agrees to extend sponsorship
• your family members meet the eligibility criteria

TSS visa holders and applicants may be able to include the below family members to their application as secondary applicants
• partner
• dependent child
• partner’s dependent child

Family members must meet the health and character requirements.

TSS Visa secondary applicants can enter and remain in Australia for the duration of the main applicant’s TSS Visa (Subclass 482).

Secondary applicants can live, work and study while residing in Australia.

Family members can be included at the time of 482 visa application or after the visa has been approved.

More about adding family members to your TSS Subclass 482 visa

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