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482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa


482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa 

Basic Eligibility You Must: 

  • be nominated for a skilled position by an approved sponsor 
  • have the right skills to do the job 
  • meet the relevant English language requirements

Short-term stream 

This visa enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker. 

Applicant must: 

  • be nominated to work in an occupation on the list of eligible short-term skilled occupations 
  • have at least 2 years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation or a related field 
  • have a relevant skills assessment if this is required for your occupation 
  • work only for your sponsor or associated entity, unless you are exempt 
  • meet minimum standards of English language proficiency unless you are exempt from needing to show this 

 

Eligibility

  • Be this ageThere is no age requirement for this visa. 
  • Be the holder of an appropriate visa 

If you are applying in Australia, you must hold: 

 

  • Have complied with previous visa conditions 

If you are in Australia at the time of the decision, you must have substantially complied with any conditions that apply or applied to your last substantive visa or bridging visa held. 

  • Be nominated by an approved sponsor 

Before you can apply for a TSS visa, your proposed employer will need to submit a nomination application for you. They will only be able to do this if they are an approved sponsor or have at least submitted an application to become a  Standard business sponsor. 

Your employer must have nominated you to fill an occupation specified on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). 

  • Work for your nominating employer 

Australian business sponsor  You must be employed: 

  • in your nominated occupation and 
  • in that business or an associated entity. 

Overseas business sponsor You must be employed: 

  • in your nominated occupation and 
  • in that business only (not an associated entity)  

You might be exempt from this criterion if you have a certain occupation. 

  • Have relevant skills, qualifications and employment background to perform occupation: 

If you are the primary visa applicant, you must demonstrate that you have the skills and experience necessary to perform the nominated occupation.  

Some applicants must undertake a skills assessment to demonstrate this – see Have a positive skills assessment below. 

If it is not mandatory for you to undertake a skills assessment, you are still required to provide other evidence to demonstrate that you meet these requirements. - see Skills and occupation documents under  Step by Step tab. 

Medical Practitioners 

If the nominated occupation is a medical practitioner, you must have your qualifications recognised by the relevant authority in Australia for the registration of medical practitioners as entitling you to practise as a medical practitioner.  

  • Have worked in your nominated occupation or a related field for at least 2 years 

You must have at least 2 years relevant work experience in the nominated occupation or a related field. 

Such work experience must be completed while working in the nominated occupation or performing tasks at the same skill level in a related field.   

Work experience gained in a related field would involve tasks which are the same or closely related to those of the nominated position you intend to work as outlined in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).. 

Generally, you should have gained your experience on a full-time basis within the last 5 years. The period does not need to be continuous. We might consider equivalent part-time work. We do not consider casual work. 

Other ways you may be able to demonstrate your work experience could include where you have gained your experience: 

  • as part of a Masters and/or PhD – for relevant occupations, such as medical and research occupations 
  • while studying through a formal arrangement such as a clinical or industry placement, internship or apprenticeship 

If the formal arrangement as specified above was: 

  • part of a CRICOS registered course, the study must have been relevant to the nominated occupation. For example, medical practitioners could count experience gained through internships or their final year of medical training, including periods of clinical placements. 
  • not part of a CRICOS registered course, the study must have been undertaken at the skill level of the relevant occupation 

 

  • Have a positive skills assessment 

Some primary TSS visa applicants must undergo a mandatory skills assessment as part of the visa application process. Applicants who fit into this category and the type of assessment required are outlined in theIMMI 18/039: Mandatory Skills Assessment—Subclass 482 Visa. Depending on your nominated occupation, this will be a skills assessment by Trades Recognition Australia or VETASSESS. 

Important: where a mandatory skills assessment is required, it must be commenced before submitting your visa application or your application will not be valid and will not be processed. As a result, you will be asked to provide a relevant skills assessment reference number when completing your application form. 

The mandatory skills assessment must have been undertaken or commenced within the 3 year period ending immediately before the day the TSS visa application is made. 

You are encouraged to complete the skills assessment process before submitting your visa application to reduce processing delays. 

Note: 

  • we can request a skills assessment as part of the visa application process even where it is not mandatory. We will request it in writing where this is the case 
  • a relevant skills assessment is different to being registered with an appropriate regulatory body 

Exemption to a mandatory skills assessment 

You might be eligible to claim an exemption. Relevant exemptions are recorded under Part 2, section 7 of theIMMI 18/039: Mandatory Skills Assessment—Subclass 482 Visa.   

  • Have health insurance 

Primary and secondary visa applicants are personally liable for healthcare costs while in Australia. Health insurance helps limit your financial liability. 

You must maintain adequate health cover for the whole of your intended period of stay if you are granted this visa. Your insurance should cover you for medically necessary treatment, including transport. It will be a condition of the visa that you maintain adequate health insurance while you remain in Australia.  

See a guide to what we consider adequate health insurance. 

Learn more about health insurance for overseas visitors. 

Reciprocal healthcare agreements 

Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from Services Australia about reciprocal healthcare agreement 

  • Have not contravened ‘paying for visa sponsorship’ legislative provisions 

Paying for visa sponsorship refers to asking for, offering, receiving or providing a benefit in return for a sponsorship related event, whether the event occurs or not. You or any secondary applicants must not have, in the past 3 years, engaged in any such conduct. You may still satisfy this criterion if you have engaged in such conduct, and the Minister considers it reasonable to disregard it 

  • Have this level of English language 

Primary visa applicants must meet certain minimum standards of English language proficiency unless exemptions apply. 

  • Meet other requirements: 
    • Meet our health requirement 
    • Meet our character requirement 
    • Sign the Australian values statement 
    • Have no debt to the Australian Government 
    • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

Application Cost 

The visa costs AUD1,265for the main applicant.  

The visa costs AUD1,265 for the main applicant and for each dependant 18 years and over. 

It costs AUD320 for each dependant under 18 years old. 

 

Medium-term stream 

This visa enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker. 

Applicant must have: 

  • be nominated to work in an occupation on the list of eligible medium and long-term skilled occupations 
  • have at least 2 years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation or a related field 
  • have a relevant skills assessment if this is required for your occupation 
  • work only for your sponsor or associated entity, unless you are exempt 
  • meet minimum standards ofEnglish language proficiency unless you are exempt from needing to show this 

Eligibility 

  • Be this ageThere is no age requirement for this visa. 
  • Be the holder of an appropriate visa 

If you are applying in Australia, you must hold: 

 

  • Have complied with previous visa conditions 

If you are in Australia at the time of decision, you must have substantially complied with any conditions that apply or applied to your last substantive visa or bridging visa held. 

  • Be nominated by an approved sponsor 

Before you can apply for a TSS visa, your proposed employer will need to submit a nomination application for you. They will only be able to do this if they are an approved sponsor or have at least submitted an application to become a Standard business sponsor. 

Your employer must have nominated you to fill an occupation specified on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

  • Work for your nominating employer 

Australian business sponsor  

You must be employed: 

  • in your nominated occupation and 
  • in that business or an associated entity. 

Overseas business sponsor 

You must be employed: 

  • in your nominated occupation and 
  • in that business only (not an associated entity)  

You might be exempt from this criterion if you have a certain occupation. 

  • Have relevant skills, qualifications and employment background to perform occupation: 

If you are the primary visa applicant, you must demonstrate that you have the skills and experience necessary to perform the nominated occupation.  

Some applicants must undertake a skills assessment to demonstrate this – see Have a positive skills assessment below. 

If it is not mandatory for you to undertake a skills assessment, you are still required to provide other evidence to demonstrate that you meet these requirement. - see Skills and occupation documents under Step by Step tab. 

Medical Practitioners 

If the nominated occupation is a medical practitioner, you must have your qualifications recognised by the relevant authority in Australia for the registration of medical practitioners as entitling you to practise as a medical practitioner.  

  • Have worked in your nominated occupation or a related field for at least 2 years 

You must have at least 2 years relevant work experience in the nominated occupation or a related field. 

Such work experience must be completed while working in the nominated occupation or performing tasks at the same skill level in a related field.   

Work experience gained in a related field would involve tasks which are the same or closely related to those of the nominated position you intend to work as outlined in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).. 

Generally, you should have gained your experience on a full-time basis within the last 5 years. The period does not need to be continuous. We might consider equivalent part-time work. We do not consider casual work. 

Other ways you may be able to demonstrate your work experience could include where you have gained your experience: 

  • as part of a Masters and/or PhD – for relevant occupations, such as medical and research occupations 
  • while studying through a formal arrangement such as a clinical or industry placement, internship or apprenticeship 

If the formal arrangement as specified above was: 

  • part of a CRICOS registered course, the study must have been relevant to the nominated occupation. For example, medical practitioners could count experience gained through internships or their final year of medical training, including periods of clinical placements. 
  • not part of a CRICOS registered course, the study must have been undertaken at the skill level of the relevant occupation 

 

  • Have a positive skills assessment 

Some primary TSS visa applicants must undergo a mandatory skills assessment as part of the visa application process. Applicants who fit into this category and the type of assessment required are outlined in theIMMI 18/039: Mandatory Skills Assessment—Subclass 482 Visa. Depending on your nominated occupation, this will be a skills assessment by Trades Recognition Australia or VETASSESS. 

Important: where a mandatory skills assessment is required, it must be commenced before submitting your visa application or your application will not be valid and will not be processed. As a result, you will be asked to provide a relevant skills assessment reference number when completing your application form. 

The mandatory skills assessment must have been undertaken or commenced within the 3 year period ending immediately before the day the TSS visa application is made. 

You are encouraged to complete the skills assessment process before submitting your visa application to reduce processing delays. 

Note: 

  • we can request a skills assessment as part of the visa application process even where it is not mandatory. We will request it in writing where this is the case 
  • a relevant skills assessment is different to being registered with an appropriate regulatory body 

Exemption to a mandatory skills assessment 

You might be eligible to claim an exemption. Relevant exemptions are recorded under Part 2, section 7 of theIMMI 18/039: Mandatory Skills Assessment—Subclass 482 Visa.   

  • Have health insurance 

Primary and secondary visa applicants are personally liable for healthcare costs while in Australia. Health insurance helps limit your financial liability. 

You must maintain adequate health cover for the whole of your intended period of stay if you are granted this visa. Your insurance should cover you for medically necessary treatment, including transport. It will be a condition of the visa that you maintain adequate health insurance while you remain in Australia.  

See a guide to what we consider adequate health insurance. 

Learn more about health insurance for overseas visitors. 

Reciprocal healthcare agreements 

Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from Services Australia about reciprocal healthcare agreement 

  • Be a genuine applicant for entry and stay as a short term visa holder 

You must be a genuine applicant for entry and stay in Australia as a short term visa holder and have a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily and to comply with visa conditions attached to your visa– that is, you must be a ‘genuine temporary entrant (GTE) 

  • Have not contravened ‘paying for visa sponsorship’ legislative provisions 

Paying for visa sponsorship refers to asking for, offering, receiving or providing a benefit in return for a sponsorship related event, whether the event occurs or not. You or any secondary applicants must not have, in the past 3 years, engaged in any such conduct. You may still satisfy this criterion if you have engaged in such conduct, and the Minister considers it reasonable to disregard it 

  • Have this level of English language 

Primary visa applicants must meet certain minimum standards of English language proficiency unless exemptions apply. 

  • Meet other requirements: 
    • Meet our health requirement 
    • Meet our character requirement 
    • Sign the Australian values statement 
    • Have no debt to the Australian Government 
    • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused 

Application Cost  

The visa costs AUD2,645 for the main applicant and for each dependant 18 years and over. 

It costs AUD660 for each dependant under 18 years old. 

Labour agreement stream 

This visa is for skilled workers nominated by employers who have a Labour Agreement. It lets you live and work in Australia temporarily. Labour agreements are developed between the Australian Government (represented by the Department) and employers. 

Applicant must have: 

  • be nominated to work in a specified occupation under the terms of a Labour Agreement 
  • have at least 2 years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation or a related field 
  • have a relevant skills assessment if this is required for your occupation 
  • work only for your sponsor 

 

Eligibility 

  • Be working under a labour agreement: 

The nominated occupation must be the subject of a labour agreement between the Commonwealth and the nominator. See the labour agreement under which you will be working. 

  • Have 2 years of work experience: 

You must have had at least 2 years of work experience in the nominated occupation or a related field unless varied by the terms of the labour agreement.   

  • Be nominated:You must be nominated. 
  • Have a level of English language suitable for your occupation 

Have the level of English language suitable for the nominated occupation. English language requirements equivalent to the short-term stream of the TSS visa will generally apply unless the labour agreement provides an English language concession. 

  • Have adequate health insurance 

You are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Medical insurance helps limit your financial liability. 

You must have adequate health cover for the whole of your stay to be granted this visa. Your cover should cover you for medically necessary treatment, including transport. 

See what we consider adequate health insurance. 

See more about health insurance for overseas visitors. 

Reciprocal healthcare agreements 

Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from Services Australia about reciprocal healthcare agreements. 

  • Meet other requirements: 
    • Meet our health requirement 
    • Meet our character requirement
    • Sign the Australian values statement 
    • Have no debt to the Australian Government 
    • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused 

Application Cost 

The visa costs AUD2,645 for the main applicant and each dependant 18 years and over. 

It costs AUD660 for each dependant under 18 years old

Subsequent entrant 

This visa is for family members of subclass 457 and TSS visa holders who are applying separately for their TSS visa and wish to join the primary subclass 457 or TSS visa holder in Australia. 

Applicant must: 

Be a partner or dependent of a subclass 482 or 457 visa holder 

 

Eligibility 

  • Be this age: There is no age requirement for this visa. 
  • Have a partner or parent who holds a subclass 482 or TSS: 

If your partner or parent holds a 457 and your application is approved, you will be granted a subclass 482. 

  • Be nominated by the primary visa holder’s sponsor: 

The sponsor with the most recent approved nomination in relation to the primary applicant (or visa holder), must agree (or have agreed) in writing to include you as a family member in the nomination 

  • Have health insurance 

You are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Health insurance helps limit your financial liability. 

You must have adequate health cover for the whole of your intended stay to be granted this visa. Your cover insurance should cover you for medically necessary treatment, including transport. It will be a condition of the visa that you maintain adequate health insurance while you remain in Australia.  

See a guide to what we consider adequate health insurance. 

See more about health insurance for overseas visitors. 

Reciprocal healthcare agreements 

Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from Services Australia about reciprocal healthcare agreement 

  • Be the holder of an appropriate visa: 

If you are applying in Australia, you must hold: 

 

  • Have complied with previous visa conditions 

If you are in Australia at the time of decision, you must have substantially complied with any conditions that apply or applied to your last substantive visa or bridging visa held. 

  • Have not contravened ‘paying for visa sponsorship’ legislative provisions 

Paying for visa sponsorship refers to asking for, offering, receiving or providing a benefit in return for a sponsorship related event, whether the event occurs or not. You or any secondary applicants must not have, in the past 3 years, engaged in any such conduct. You may still satisfy this criterion if you have engaged in such conduct, and the Minister considers it reasonable to disregard it. 

  • Meet other requirements: 
    • Meet our health requirement 
    • Meet our character requirement 
    • Sign the Australian values statement 
    • Have no debt to the Australian Government 
    • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused 

 

Application Cost 

Primary visa holder holds a TSS visa 

The visa application charge for a subsequent entrant application will be calculated based on the stream in which the primary visa was granted (that is, a short-term, medium-term or labour agreement stream). 

Primary visa holder holds a subclass 457 visa 

In cases where a primary visa holder holds a subclass 457 visa, and not a TSS visa, the visa application charge for subsequent entrant applications is calculated as per regulation 1240(2)(a)(ii) – “for any other applicant”, with the charges being as follows as at 1 July 2018: 

  • base application charge – AUD2,645 
  • additional applicant charge for applicants 18 and over – AUD2,645 
  • additional applicant charge for applicants under 18 – AUD660 

Note: if the sole applicant on a subsequent entrant application is under 18 years of age, they will be charged the base application charge and not the additional applicant charge. 

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics. 

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa pricing estimator The estimator does not take into account the other costs. 

 

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