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Temporary Skill Shortage 482 Visa

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The Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) visa is a skilled visa that allows eligible skilled workers to migrate to Australia on a temporary basis to work for an approved sponsor who is unable to source a skilled Australian worker. As this visa is designed to address shortages in the Australian labour market, skilled overseas workers will need to be working in an occupation that has been designated by the Australian Government as eligible for this visa type.

As the Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) is a visa type that has multiple streams and multiple processing stages, where applicants or their sponsors need further information, tailored advice or assistance making their visa application.

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What is a Temporary Skill Shortage visa?

A TSS visa is a temporary visa that is available to skilled overseas workers currently engaged in designated occupations who have an Australian employer that is willing to sponsor their migration to Australia. The TSS visa is designed to balance the need for sponsoring employers to be able to meet labour shortages currently being experienced in Australia (and providing overseas workers with the opportunity to work in Australia) with protecting opportunities and conditions in the Australian labour market. As a result, a TSS visa is one of the most used visa pathways in Australia, with it forming a significant part of the Australian migration program.

There are three streams available under a TSS visa:  

  • The first stream is the short-term stream, where applicants, among other criteria, need to be engaged in an occupation on the short-term skilled occupation list. Visas under the short-term stream are valid for up to 2 years (or up to 4 years if an International Trade Obligation applies/5 years if the applicant is a Hong Kong passport holder). 
  • The second stream is the medium-term stream, where applicants, among other criteria, need to be engaged in an occupation on the medium and long-term skilled occupation list. Visas under the medium-term stream are valid for up to 4 years (or 5 years if the applicant is a Hong Kong passport holder).
  • The third stream is the labour-agreement stream, where applicants, among other criteria, need to be nominated to work in a specific occupation under the terms of a labour agreement that the sponsoring employer has developed with the Australian Government. Visas under the labour agreement stream are valid for up to 4 years (depending on the terms of the labour agreement) (or 5 years for Hong Kong passport holders).

Applicants should be aware that there is an additional stream, the Subsequent entrant steam, that does allow for family members to join the primary applicant in Australia if they are if the family member is a partner of the primary applicant or dependent child of the primary applicant.

If applicants and sponsors are unsure if this visa is appropriate for their circumstances or if they have questions about the TSS visa program, they should contact an Australian Migration Agent who is experienced in helping applicants and sponsors navigate the TSS visa application process.

Eligibility requirements for a subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage visa in Australia

In order to make an TSS visa application, applicants are required by the Department of Home Affairs to meet various eligibility criteria. Some of these criteria include: 

  • The applicant must be nominated by an approved sponsoring employer for a skilled position on the relevant skilled occupation list
  • The applicant must have a valid passport
  • The applicant must have a minimum of two years of relevant work experience in the occupation that has been nominated
  • The applicant must have all relevant qualifications, registrations and licences required for the occupation that has been nominate
  • The applicant must meet the relevant English language requirements
  • The applicant must various health and character requirements
  • If required, the applicant must have a valid skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority
  • The applicant must sign the Australian values statement

An Australian Migration Agent is able to assist applicants and sponsoring employers assess their eligibility for a TSS visa and can provide guidance in navigating the application process where required.

Benefits of the Temporary Skill Shortage 482 Visa

While the TSS visa is not a permanent visa, there are still numerous benefits available to applicants. 

Primarily, applicants currently working in a designated skilled occupation overseas are able to come and live in Australia, enjoy Australia’s standard of living and receive the same working conditions and protections as Australian citizens. Applicants are also able to bring eligible family members to Australia to live, work and study in Australia for the duration of the primary applicant’s visa.

Further benefits include:

  • A minimum salary of $73,150 + superannuation 
  • Unrestricted travel in and out of Australia
  • Study in Australia without restriction
  • No age limit for applicants
  • A pathway to permanent residency (and Australian citizenship) where eligible
  • Quicker visa processing times
  • Networking and professional development opportunities in Australia

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482 visa checklist

On top of providing the relevant application form, applicants are required to provide further documents and relevant evidence to support their application. As each visa applicant’s requirements may be different, a complete list of what is additionally required is difficult to create. However, the following should be provided with most TSS visa applications:

  • Passport
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Divorce/death certificate for previous spouse (if applicable)
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)
  • National identity card (if applicable)
  • Birth certificate (for applicants under 18)
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Current CV or resume
  • Evidence of relevant qualifications
  • Skills assessment outcome (if applicable)
  • Evidence of registration or licencing (if applicable)
  • Reference letters from former employers
  • Signed employment contract
  • Position details
  • Evidence of Labour Market Testing
  • Salary details

  • Military service record or discharge papers (if applicable)
  • Medical checks 
  • Police clearance certificates from former countries of residence 
  • Character documents (if applicable)
  • English test results or evidence of an exemption 
  • Evidence of adequate health insurance

How the Temporary Skill Shortage 482 visa works

Firstly, in order to nominate an applicant for a TSS visa, the sponsoring employer must first become a Standard Business Sponsor. The main criteria for the approval of a Standard Business Sponsor application include that the employer is lawfully running a business, is committed to hiring Australian workers where possible and will not engage in discriminatory recruitment practices.

Secondly, the approved sponsoring employer must nominate a position within their business that is going to be filled by an overseas worker. Each overseas worker will need an approved nomination to work. The position must be in an occupation identified by the Australian Government as eligible. Nominations will require that sponsoring employers have been unable to find an appropriately skilled Australian worker for the position.

Finally, after the sponsoring employer has lodged a successful nomination, the visa applicant will be required to apply for the visa. The visa application process will involve the visa applicant proving their eligibility for the visa and suitability for the role. The Department when assessing an application will consider the applicant’s previous work experience, the applicant’s qualifications, licensing and registrations and any relevant skills assessment. 

Following application lodgement, the Department will consider the application and provide a decision.

An Australian Migration Agent can help applicants and sponsoring employers to navigate this process and prepare ‘decision-ready’ applications to maximise their chances of successfully being granted a TSS visa.

Future visa pathways after your Temporary Skill Shortage 482 visa

Although a TSS visa is a temporary visa type, applicants still have access to a direct pathway to permanent residency through the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa. Additionally, it is also possible for TSS holders to pursue Australian permanent residence through the Skilled Independent (subclass 189) or Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visas. 

Applicants should be aware that these visas will have further eligibility requirements that should be considered before pursuing them. 

Following obtaining permanent residency, applicants should be aware that if eligible, they can apply for Australian citizenship.

For applicants who need guidance pursuing Australian permanent residency or have specific questions about this process, an Australian Migration Agent is well-placed to provide tailored advice to applicants where needed.

Benefits of using a registered migration agent for your 482 visa

Although individuals and sponsoring employers have the ability to handle the visa application process independently, receiving support from a registered migration agent, such as an Australian Migration Lawyer, can help to significantly enhance the likelihood of making a successful application.

At Australian Migration Agents, our team possesses extensive knowledge and experience in relation to Australia’s immigration program, particularly concerning skilled or work visas. While the process of applying for a TSS visa can be intricate and at times stressful, an Australian Migration Agent can support applicants and sponsoring employers during the entire process, saving them from the time-consuming and anxiety-inducing process of seeking a visa. An Australian Migration Agent can assist clients through:

  • Consultation and engagement 
  • Preparation and support
  • Submission and communication
  • Representation and success

482 temporary skill shortage visa costs

There are several costs that are associated with making a TSS visa application. These can include:

Department fees

The relevant fees for the Department of Home Affairs in relation to a TSS application are as follows:

  • Sponsorship stage - application fee $420
  • Nomination stage - nomination fee $330
  • Nomination stage - Skilling Australians Fund levy $1,200-1,800 per year (based on business turnover)
  • Visa stage - short term stream visa charge $1,455
  • Visa stage - medium and labour agreement stream visa charge $3,035

Professional Fees

At Australian Migration Agents, our approach to pricing is tailored to the specific needs of each individual client to acknowledge the unique and distinctive nature of each application. We do this through a fixed-fee model that provides transparency and predictability to our clients regarding the expenses involved in the visa application process, something different from other forms of billing. Furthermore, we also offer different payment options and payment plans to ensure clients are able to access our services regardless of their financial circumstances.

While these costs should be used as a guide, applicants and sponsoring employees can contact an Australian Migration Agent who can give a specific estimate of the costs associated with their particular visa application.

Visa application steps

The visa application process can be challenging and time-consuming, but our team at Australian Migration Agents handles this daily and understands the requirements needed for successful outcomes. Get in touch to discuss your eligibility and explore the most budget-friendly services available to you.

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Step 1

Consultation and engagement

Organise a consultation time to speak with one of our agents. You can meet with us in person, via Zoom or telephone. Following this, we will send you paperwork that confirms our engagement to represent you.

Step 2

Preparation and submission

We will prepare written submissions in support of your visa application. This will be based on your individual circumstances, and supported by evidence where appropriate. We then submit your application to the relevant body (Department of Home Affairs, courts or tribunal)

Step 3

Representation and success

We will keep you informed about your application, and notify you of the outcome. If you receive an unfavourable outcome and we can reapply, we will!

482 visa processing times

The duration of visa application processing can vary for many different factors. These factors encompass inherent aspects of how the Department handles visa applications, as well as delays that can arise from lodging incorrect, incomplete or inaccurate applications. As applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, it is difficult to precisely anticipate how long a visa application may take.

However, the Department does provide a provisional timeframe on their official website for the processing of TSS visas. Subject to the approval of the sponsoring employer and the nomination made, visa applications at the time of writing are estimated to be taking between one and three months. 

For specific guidance about what to expect during the visa application process and how long it may take or help drafting a strong application that meets the Department’s requirements, contact an Australian Migration Agent for assistance.

Temporary Skill Shortage visa subclass considerations

While an Australian Migration Agent cannot guarantee the approval of a TSS visa following lodgement, as the Department has exclusive discretion over visa adjudication, we strive to assist applicants to make robust, compliant and ‘decision-ready’ applications. This can help to increase the likelihood of a favourable visa application outcome. At Australian Migration Agents, we are dedicated to helping applicants and sponsoring employers through the TSS visa process, therefore, if you require advice, information or assistance do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help.

Our commitment to providing accessible services includes:

  • Offering most initial consultations free of charge, with all future services set at a fixed rate and agreed upon with you prior to commencing
  • Holding consultations in-person or online across Australia depending on your preference and location

Australia-wide services

Our skilled team offers in-person and virtual appointments, which means we can provide immigration assistance and advice regardless of where you live in Australia.  

Frequently asked questions

Read our most commonly asked questions about the subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visas

Who is eligible for a 482 visa?

The eligibility for a TSS visa will vary depending on the visa stream that is being applied for. However, broadly applicants will need to have relevant work experience in an occupation listed on the relevant skilled occupation list and have an Australian employer willing to nominate a position in that occupation to sponsor their visa.

Can a 482 visa lead to PR?

While the TSS visa is a temporary visa, visa holders will have a direct pathway to Australian permanent residence through the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa. The Department has recently broadened the eligibility criteria for this visa. Additionally, TSS visa holders are still able to apply for permanent residency through the Skilled Independent (subclass 189) or Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visas.

Is the 482 temporary skill shortage visa for 2 years?

The duration of the TSS visa will depend on the stream that is applied for. This can range from between 2-4 years. Duration of a TSS visa is also affected where an International Trade Obligation applies or if the applicant is a Hong Kong passport holder.

Can you do other work while on a 482 visa?

TSS visa holders are not permitted to engage in any other work for any other employer or occupation than what has been permitted in the nomination. Doing so can result in the TSS visa being cancelled. While volunteer work may be permitted, advice should be sought before these activities are engaged in.

What happens if you quit your job while on a 482 visa?

Where the employment relationship between an applicant and their sponsor ends, the employer has a legal obligation to inform the Department of this situational change. A TSS visa holder will then need to seek out a new sponsoring employer and arrange for a nomination transfer.

How long does 482 visa take to be approved?

As cases are assessed individually, it is difficult to provide an exact timeframe on how long a visa may take to be processed. Applicants should be aware that the Department does publish some information about the timeline for visa applications on their website, however this information is an estimate and should only be used as a guide.

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