The Subclass 482 Visa, also known as the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa program, is a popular skilled visa program in Australia that allows businesses to sponsor eligible overseas workers for temporary positions. If your business is facing difficulty in securing skilled and experienced workers for particular positions, or if the pandemic has caused labour shortages, this visa program can provide a solution. The TSS Visa program is also an option for skilled professionals looking to work in Australia. It allows businesses to sponsor skilled workers from overseas to fill specific positions that cannot be filled by local workers. This program is designed to address the short-term labour needs of the business.
The Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa program in Australia allows businesses to sponsor eligible overseas workers for temporary positions. The visa allows the holder to stay and work in Australia for up to two years under the Short-term Stream or four years under the Medium-term Stream. Family members of the visa holder can also come to Australia to work or study and travel in and out of the country, however, international travel restrictions may apply during the pandemic. Businesses can apply for the TSS Visa through the Standard Business Sponsorship or Accredited Sponsorship and then nominate an eligible candidate. Once the sponsorship and nomination are approved, the candidate can apply for the TSS Visa. Additionally, businesses can also engage TSS Visa holders through the Labour Agreement Stream and our migration agents can assist with the requirements for this process.
As you may know, the Subclass 482 Work Visa replaced the commonly used 457 Visa in March 2018. The transition from the 457 to the 482 Visa has meant employers have had to respond and adapt to a more complex and restrictive legislative framework to sponsor skilled overseas workers, therefore you may wish to seek professional migration advice on your options to use the program.
To discuss how your business may be able to use the TSS Temporary Skills Shortage Visa Australia program for your particular skills needs, simply get in touch.
The Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa program in Australia has two streams: Short-term Stream and Medium-term Stream. Each stream allows for different visa periods to live and work in Australia. However, International Trade Obligations (ITO) and certain conditions for Hong Kong passport holders may apply, which may allow for longer visa periods. It may also be possible to apply for additional TSS Visas. Our migration agents can assist in determining if the candidate’s skills, experience, qualifications, and occupation are eligible for the Short-term or Medium-term Stream visa according to the Government’s Skilled Occupation Lists.
It is also important to note that 482 Medium Term Stream Visa holders have a pathway to Permanent Residence through the 186 Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) Visa. However, those that are eligible for the Short-Term Stream generally cannot apply for Permanent Residence through this pathway.
Firstly, your business will need to apply to the Department of Home Affairs to become an approved sponsor. Once you’ve obtained approval, your business can access a 5-year validity period to sponsor eligible applicants as required for roles that are difficult to fill locally.
There are two steps to applying for 482 Visa sponsorship for a skilled candidate – the company’s Nomination application and the employee’s Visa application. The business must make a Nomination application and meet several evidence requirements proving to the Australian Government that they have been unable to fill the nominated position locally. As part of your nomination application, you must prove that:
Our migration agents can discuss how your business should provide evidence of Labour Market Testing and other requirements to support your claims in the very specific ways required by the Department of Home Affairs.
When applying for a Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa, the applicant must provide evidence of having the required skills and experience for the position as outlined by ANZSCO. In some cases, the applicant may need to take a skills assessment and English language test. To be eligible for the Short-term or Medium-term Stream TSS Visa, the applicant generally needs to have at least 2 years of relevant work experience in their nominated occupation or a related field. Our migration agents can assist the applicant in meeting the work experience requirements as assessed by the Government. The applicant can apply for the TSS Visa while inside or outside of Australia, but there are certain circumstances where the applicant must apply from outside Australia. TSS Visa holders must start their employment within 90 days of entering Australia if the visa is granted while the applicant is outside Australia, or within 90 days of the visa grant date if the applicant is in Australia at the time of the visa grant.
When sponsoring visa holders, a business needs to be aware of various obligations and conditions related to the visa. It’s also important to keep in mind that Government processing times can vary, depending on the time it takes to receive evidence related to the applicant’s health, character, and security requirements. Our migration agents can help you understand these requirements, and keep you informed about any complexities that may affect the visa process. They provide ongoing advice to help your business and employees navigate the process. Interstaff’s visa sponsorship management services can assist your business in understanding how the legislation applies to your migration needs.
Interstaff has helped businesses sponsor work visa holders for their migration needs for over 30 years since 1988. We advise on how you can prepare the evidence requirements for your sponsorship and nomination applications and how your employees should proceed with their visa applications. We also provide ongoing advice to help your business and employees remain compliant with sponsorship obligations and visa conditions.
As part of our services, we also liaise between the applicant, employer and the Department of Home Affairs, Australian State or Territory Government agencies and any regional certifying bodies or skills assessment authorities on your behalf as required to progress your applications.
Businesses interested in understanding more about sponsoring visa holders are encouraged to contact our Registered Migration Agents servicing Perth, Melbourne and Sydney by calling 08 9221 3388 or +61 8 9221 3388 for International clients.
Interstaff also partners with businesses that can help you throughout the 457/482 TSS Temporary Skills Shortage Visa Australia application process. As TSS visa applicants may need to prove to the Australian Government that they have obtained suitable health insurance, 457/482 Visa Compared can help you compare different health insurance policies. Visit the 457/482 Visa Compared website.
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