Important Facts about Temporary Skill Shortage (482) Visa

The Temporary Skill Shortage visa referred as TSS visa allows skilled workers to fill a genuine position where Australian employer sponsors them due to labour shortage.

There are three streams available for this visa programs which includes:

  1. Short-term stream
    • Occupations are indicated in the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
    • Maximum for two years (or up to four years if international trade obligation applies)
    • Visa can be renewed onshore once
    • English language requirement is needed. IELTS (or equivalent) overall score of 5.0 with a score of at least 4.5 in each of the test components
    • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) is required to prove that the applicant has the intention to settle only temporarily in Australia
    • Visa costs AUD 1,150 (Jan 2018 rate update)
  2. Medium-term stream
    • Occupations are indicated in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or Regional Occupation List (ROL)
    • Maximum of four years
    • Visa can be renewed
    • English language requirement; IELTS (or equivalent) overall score of 5.0 with a score of at least 5.0 in each of the test components
    • Visa costs AUD 2,400 (Jan 2018 rate update)
  3. Labour Agreement Stream
    • Used only for exceptional cases
    • Overseas skilled workers are employed according to an agreement between the Australian government and the employer
      • Base on a demonstrated need that can’t be met in the Australian labour market
    • They are generally in effect for five years and provide for visas to be granted under one or both of the following visa programs:
      • Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa
      • Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme visa
    • Currently there are four main types of labour agreements, below are:
      • Company-specific labour agreements
      • Industry labour agreements
      • Designated area migration agreements
      • Project agreements

Reference:

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au

https://www.tssimmigration.com.au/