The Australian 482 Visa Steams

The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) allows Australian employers to address labour shortages by bringing in skilled workers where they cannot find an appropriately skilled Australian worker. This visa is divided into three main streams: the Short-Term stream, the Medium-Term stream, and the Labour Agreement stream. Each stream caters to different types of employment needs and offers various benefits and conditions.

Short-Term Stream

Overview

The Short-Term stream of the TSS visa enables employers to fill positions with skilled workers on a temporary basis for up to two years or up to four years if an International Trade Obligation (ITO) applies. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to five years.

Eligibility and Requirements

To qualify for the Short-Term stream, the applicant’s occupation must be listed on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). Applicants must also meet English language proficiency requirements and satisfy health and character requirements.

Key Benefits

Stay in Australia for up to two years (or up to four years with an ITO, and up to five years for Hong Kong passport holders).

Work in your nominated occupation for your sponsor.

Study (without government assistance).

Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

Apply for permanent residence if eligible.

Costs and Fees

The visa application fee starts from AUD 1,455 for the main applicant. Additional costs may apply for family members, health checks, police certificates, and biometrics.

Medium-Term Stream

Overview

The Medium-Term stream allows employers to address labour shortages with skilled workers for up to four years. This stream is suitable for occupations listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Regional Occupation List (ROL). Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to five years.

Eligibility and Requirements

Applicants must have their occupation listed on the MLTSSL or ROL and meet the relevant skill and English language requirements. Health and character requirements also apply.

Key Benefits

Stay in Australia for up to four years (or up to five years for Hong Kong passport holders).

Work in your nominated occupation for your sponsor.

Study (without government assistance).

Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

Apply for permanent residence if eligible.

Costs and Fees

The visa application fee starts from AUD 3,035 for the main applicant. Additional costs may apply for family members, health checks, police certificates, and biometrics.

Labour Agreement Stream

Overview

The Labour Agreement stream is designed for skilled workers nominated by employers who have a labour agreement with the Australian government. This stream allows for temporary residence for up to four years or up to five years for Hong Kong passport holders, depending on the terms of the agreement.

Eligibility and Requirements

Applicants must be nominated for an occupation included in the labour agreement. They must meet skill, English language, health, and character requirements as specified in the agreement.

Key Benefits

Stay in Australia for up to four years (or up to five years for Hong Kong passport holders).

Work in your nominated occupation for your sponsor.

Study (without government assistance).

Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

Apply for permanent residence if eligible.

Costs and Fees

The visa application fee starts from AUD 3,035 for the main applicant. Additional costs may apply for family members, health checks, police certificates, and biometrics.

Subsequent Entrant

Family members of subclass 457 and TSS visa holders who are applying separately for their TSS visa can use the Subsequent Entrant pathway to join the primary visa holder in Australia. The costs for the Subsequent Entrant visa depend on the stream of the primary visa and additional charges for family members.

Compliance and Penalties

Non-compliance with the conditions of the TSS visa can lead to penalties, including visa cancellation. It is crucial to understand and adhere to all visa conditions, including working only in the nominated occupation and for the sponsoring employer.

Conclusion

The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) offers a flexible solution for Australian employers to fill labour shortages with skilled workers from overseas. Understanding the different streams and their specific requirements is essential for both employers and applicants to navigate the visa application process successfully. By meeting all eligibility criteria and complying with visa conditions, skilled workers can benefit from the opportunities this visa provides and potentially transition to permanent residency in Australia.

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