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TSS 482 Visa Australia – Temporary Skill Shortage Visa


Indah Melindasari MARN 0961 448
Updated July 2024
TSS 482 Visa Australia

TSS (Temporary Skill Shortage) 482 Visa Australia enables employers to address labour shortages by hiring skilled workers when they cannot find an appropriate skilled Australian. It facilitates the employment of foreign workers to address temporary skill shortages while ensuring that Australian workers get priority. TSS visa 482 holders can work in Australia in their nominated occupation and may have a pathway to permanent residency. Check out the requirements, cost, and update for 482 Visa.


482 Visa Update

From 23 November 2024 onwards, the Government will reduce the work experience requirement for the Temporary Skill Shortage or 482 Visa to 1 year for all applicants (previously 2 years).

TSMIT increases to AUD 73,150, applicable from 1 July 2024.

Click here to see the full details.


Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa Subclass 482 Streams

There are three streams available under the TSS visa 482:

Short-term stream

This is for employers to source genuine temporary overseas skilled workers in occupations included on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) for a maximum of two years (or up to four years if an international trade obligation applies).

Medium-term stream

This is for employers to source highly skilled overseas workers to fill medium-term critical skills in occupations included on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) for up to four years, with eligibility to apply for permanent residence after three years.nce after three years.

Labour Agreement Term

This is for employers to source overseas skilled workers in accordance with a labour agreement with the Commonwealth, on the basis of a demonstrated need that cannot be met in the Australian labour market and standard visa programs are not available, with the capacity to negotiate a permanent residence option.


Comparison between Medium Term TSS Visa and Short Term TSS Visa

Medium & Long Term TSS Visa (482 Visa) Short Term TSS Visa (482 Visa)
Occupational List Used Occupation on MLTSSL (additional for regional) Occupation on STSOL
Is It Renewable? Renewable onshore and unlimited times Renewable onshore and unlimited times
Age Requirement No Age Limit No Age Limit
English Proficiency Requirement IELTS 5 (at least 5 in each component) or equivalent IELTS overall 5 (at least 4.5 in each component) or equivalent
Work Experience 2 years of relevant work experience required 2 years of relevant work experience required
Labour Market Testing Employer tests the Australian labour market before an application to sponsor (LMT) Employer tests the Australian labour market before an application to sponsor (LMT)
Salary Rate Employer must pay the Australian Market Salary Rate (AMSR) Employer must pay the Australian Market Salary Rate (AMSR)
Health and Character Requirements Meet health and character requirements Meet health and character requirements
Permanent Residency Possibility Pathway to Permanent residency (after 2 years) Pathway to Permanent residency (after 2 years)
GTE Requirement None Show intention of temporary stay

482 Visa General Requirements

To be eligible for the 482 Visa, you must meet the following requirements:

Occupation requirement

Applicants for the 482 Visa must be qualified for or possess adequate experience in a profession included on the list of relevant skilled occupations. There are three lists related to the 482 Visa:

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

Sponsor requirement

You must be sponsored and nominated by an Australian employer who holds a valid Standard Business Sponsor.

Work Experience requirement

You must have worked in the nominated position or another relevant role for at least two years.

You must have acquired this expertise during the preceding five years before applying. You might consider working part-time. Casual work will not be accepted.

Depending on the specified occupation and your place of origin, a skill evaluation can be necessary before submitting an application for a TSS visa. Some evaluating bodies demand more than two years of expertise to complete the examination.

Skills Assessment requirement

To be qualified to apply for the 482 visa, some applicants must pass a Skills Assessment. Check here to see if you need to finish a skill assessment.

Age requirement

There is no age requirement for a 482 Visa.


482 Visa Australia Four Steps Process

Step 1: Check your eligibility and visa requirements

You must confirm your eligibility and that you have fulfilled all application requirements before submitting an application for a visa. This also applies to your employer. To propose you for a 482 Visa, your company must fulfil certain requirements.

Note that the three streams have different requirements. Verify that your employer is qualified to nominate you and that they have nominated you in the appropriate stream.

Step 2: Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) Application

Once your employer has confirmed that they are qualified to nominate you, they need to submit an application for a Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS). SBS is a contract with the Australian government that allows your company to hire foreign nationals for highly qualified positions. It lasts for five years.

Your employer can omit this step if they have already hosted an SBS.

Step 3: Nomination and 482 Visa Application

After obtaining the SBS, your employer may submit an application for nomination. Your company may submit both the nomination and the 482 Visa application simultaneously. Both applications must be submitted using IMMIAccount.

Step 4: Nomination and 482 Visa Outcome

Usually, the results of your nomination application will be sent to you first. The same will probably happen to your 482 visa application if the Department of Home Affairs accepts your candidacy.


Work Experience Requirements for TSS Visa 482

To be eligible for a TSS 482 visa, applicants must have worked for at least two years in the specified occupation or a related field in the last five years. This means that unless you have completed another course abroad and have two years of experience after that qualification, you would normally not be eligible for the TSS 482 visa if you have recently graduated with a suitable Bachelor’s degree from an Australian university. Applicants for 482 TSS visas must additionally fulfil the occupation’s ANZSCO Skill Level criteria.


Condition 8607 in Subclass 482 Visa Australia

Condition 8607 has become a mandatory visa condition that applies to all primary TSS visa holders.

Condition 8607 requires TSS visa holders to work only in the occupation that they are nominated for in their most recent TSS 482 visa. The TSS visa holders are not allowed to work in a different occupation unless they apply for and are granted a new TSS visa.

Click here to see the full condition.


TSS 482 Visa Australia Training Requirements

Employers sponsoring workers for a TSS 482 visa Australia must pay a training contribution charge (known as the Skilling Australians Fund levy):

Businesses with turnover of less than $10 million per year will be required to make

  • An upfront annual payment for each employee on a TSS 482 visa of $1,200
  • An one-off payment for each employee being sponsored for a permanent ENS or RSMS visa of $3,000

Businesses with turnover of $10 million or more per year will be required to make:

  • An upfront annual payment for each employee on a TSS 482 visa of $1,800
  • An one-off payment for each employee being sponsored for a permanent ENS or RSMS visa of $5,000.

Where Should You Lodge Your Temporary Skill Shortage Visa 482?

In general, all applicants for a TSS 482 visa Australia (i.e. primary and secondary) can either be inside or outside Australia.

If the application is for a Short-term (ST) stream visa, however, the primary visa applicant must be offshore if all of the below apply:

  1. They have held more than one ST stream TSS 482 visa
  2. They were in Australia when the application for their most recent TSS 482 visa was made and
  3. This requirement would not be inconsistent with any international trade obligation (ITO).

Holders of two ST stream TSS visas in a row (where the second application was made in Australia) can apply for a further TSS ST stream visa offshore.

They should, however, be aware that their immigration history may be relevant in terms of whether they are considered to have met the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement for this visa stream.


Employer Requirements for TSS Visa 482

Companies who sponsor employees for a TSS 482 visa are required to pay the Skilling Australians Fund levy or a training contribution charge:

  • Companies with yearly revenue under $10 million must pay $1,200 in advance fees per year for each employee on a TSS 482 visa.
  • Companies that generate $10 million or more in revenue annually must pay $1,800 in upfront fees to each employee on a TSS 482 visa.

Subclass 482 Visa Labour Market Testing (LMT)

LMT arrangements are in place for the TSS 482 Visa – with occupation exemptions to LMT no longer available.

This is to ensure that employers try to find suitably qualified Australians before they can seek to employ an overseas skilled worker on a TSS 482 visa.

Salary and Conditions Arrangements for TSS Visa 482

Sponsors seeking to employ an overseas worker at a salary of under AUD250,000 will need to provide:

  • evidence the sponsor has determined the AMSR correctly
  • the overseas worker will not be paid less than the AMSR
  • both the AMSR and what the overseas worker will be paid, is no less than the TSMIT

Salary and Conditions Arrangements for TSS Visa 482

To safeguard foreign workers and the local labour market, sponsors wishing to hire an overseas worker must show that they are willing to pay the market salary rate. The rate must, in any event, exceed the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT), which is $70,000 plus superannuation (as of 1 July 2023).


TSS Visa 482 Transition From 457 Visa

Employers who are already approved standard business sponsors for subclass 457 will be able to sponsor skilled overseas workers under the TSS 482 visa Australia program:

  • If subclass 457 nomination and visa applications are both lodged prior to TSS implementation, they will be processed under the current framework.
  • If a subclass 457 nomination application is lodged without an associated 457 visa application being lodged before the commencement of TSS, it will, however, effectively become ‘redundant’ as subclass 457 nominations cannot be linked to TSS 482 visa applications, even where the nomination has already been approved (subject to the specific scenarios below).

Note

  • In the event that they fulfill the conditions, secondary visa applicants—those who are either 457 visa holders or pending 457 visa applicants—are eligible to submit a follow-up dependent TSS application and will be awarded a TSS 482 visa that is linked to their family’s subclass 457 visa/nomination application. The TSS visa’s validity period will coincide with the subclass 457 main visa holder’s expiration date.
  • Subclass 457 visa holders whose visas do not expire but seek to change jobs following the adoption of TSS can request that their new employer file a TSS 482 nomination application.
  • Holders of subclass 457 visas who want to change careers or want a new visa (for instance, one with a longer validity) must submit a new TSS visa application with reference to a new TSS nomination application.
  • You can apply for a two-year 482 TSS visa onshore as well as an additional two-year 482 TSS visa if you currently possess a 457 visa in an STSOL occupation.

Can a 482 Visa Lead to Permanent Residency?

482 Visa provides a pathway to Permanent Residency. The common permanent residency pathway is by applying for an Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) Visa or applying for a General Skilled Migration visa subclass.

If you wish to apply for Visa 186 to get permanent residency, you must have held Visa 482 for 2 years and worked for the same employer. You are not required to take a Skills Assessment if you apply for the Temporary Resident Transition stream.

However, if you would like to take the General Skilled Migration visa subclass as your permanent residency pathway, you must follow all the steps in getting a General Skilled Migration visa, including submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI), waiting for a nomination or invitation from the Australian State or Territory Government, doing a Skills Assessment, etc.


Can I Get a PR Over 45 on a 482 Visa?

You may get a PR even though you are over 45 years old on a 482 Visa. However, it’s applicable only in certain situations, such as:

  • You work under DAMA visas (482 Visa, 494 Visa, or 186 Visa) under the DAMA program
  • Your occupation provides age concession

Can I change my employer while holding a Visa 482?

Yes, you can. However, your new employer should pass all the sponsorship assessment process. The process include:

Sponsorship assessment

If your employer has not ever sponsored any employees before, your employer must pass this step which include SBS (Standard Business Sponsorship) application.

Nomination assessment

Then, your employer’s nomination must be approved by the Department. The nomination assessment includes Labour Market Testing process, and an application submitted to the Department of Home Affairs.


How Much Does a 482 Visa Cost?

The cost would depend on the visa stream. Please see table below:

Visa StreamApplicantCost
482 Visa Short-term StreamPrimary applicantAUD 1,495
Additional applicant (above 18 years old)AUD 1,495
Additional applicant (under 18 years old)AUD 375
482 Visa Medium-term StreamPrimary applicantAUD 3,115
Additional applicant (above 18 years old)AUD 3,115
Additional applicant (under 18 years old)AUD 780
482 Visa Labour Agreement StreamPrimary applicantAUD 3,115
Additional applicant (above 18 years old)AUD 3,115
Additional applicant (under 18 years old)AUD 780

The above fee is as of July 2024. Please note that the visa fee might increase in July every year.


How Long is The Processing Time for 482 Visa?

The processing time would be as follow:

Visa StreamProcessing Time
482 Visa Short-term Stream38 – 88 days
482 Visa Medium-term Stream39 – 87 days
482 Visa Labour Agreement Stream44 days – 3 months

Be noted that the Department of Home Affairs will assess all applications on a case-by-case basis. The processing time might be vary due to the following circumstances:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how quickly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements

Can I Bring Family on My 482 Visa?

Yes, you can bring your family members on your 482 Visa. In order for your family member to be granted the visa, they must either be included in your nomination or show in written form that your sponsor is in agreement with your family member’s status as a secondary sponsored person.

When applying for a visa, your family member must fulfil the requirements for character and health.

After submitting your visa application, you cannot add more family members.

Alternatively, if your 482 visa has been approved, your family members may apply to enter Australia after you.


482 Visa Australia Frequently Asked Questions

ONEderland Consulting managing director and also registered migration agent, Indah Melindasari, B.Com (MARN 0961 448) is here to answer your 482 Visa Australia questions!

  • What is the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa Australia?
    • This temporary visa lets an employer sponsor a suitably skilled and experienced worker to fill a position they can’t find a suitably skilled and experienced Australian or permanent resident to fill.
  • Who can apply for a Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482) and how long can will you be able to stay?
    • The TSS visa has a short-term stream, a medium-term stream and a labour agreement stream. Applicants with occupations on the Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) are eligible for visas of up to two years (renewable once, for a further two years), whilst those on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) can apply for up to four years, with eligibility for permanent residency after three years.
  • I am over 45 years old. Can I still apply for a Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482)?
    • Yes, you can. There is no age limit for this visa.
  • Is skill assessment mandatory for 482 visa Australia?
    • A positive skill assessment is mandatory before you can apply for this visa. Depending on your nominated occupation, you need to have a skill assessment by an authorized assessing authority. The skill assessment can be done prior to lodging your visa or during the sponsorship and nomination process.
  • Can I include my family members in my application for the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482)?
    • Yes. Spouses/Partners and dependent children can be included in a TSS visa application as dependent family members. These family members will also have unrestricted work and study rights.
  • Can I renew my TSS visa / 482 Visa Australia once it is due to expire?
    • If your visa was granted to occupations on the STSOL, you can re-apply for one further two-year TSS visa. If your occupation is on the MLTSSL, you can renew the TSS visa for a further 4 years, or transit to permanent residency.
  • Where can I apply for this 482 visa Australia?
    • You can apply for this visa onshore or offshore. You must be outside of Australia if all of the following apply to you:
      1. You have held more than one TSS visa in the Short-term stream;
      2. You hold a TSS visa in the Short-term stream and you were in Australia when you applied for that visa;
      3. Applying outside Australia is not inconsistent with an ITO;
    • Meanwhile, you must hold either a substantive visa or a Bridging visa A, B or C if you want to apply onshore.

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