Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482)

Subclass 482: Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa

Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa is a temporary visa which allows suitably skilled worker to be sponsored by employer to fill a position that no suitably skilled Australian or Australian Permanent Resident worker could fill.

Visa Streams

  • Short-term Stream
  • Medium-term Stream
  • Labour Agreement Stream
  • Subsequent Entrant Stream

Stay Period

Stay period calculated from the visa grant date of the primary visa holder. Varies for different visa streams:
  • For Short-term stream, up to 2 years or if an International Trade Obligation (ITO) applies, up to 4 years. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to 5 years;
  • For Medium-term stream, up to 4 years. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to 5 years;
  • For Labour Agreement stream, depending on the terms in the labour agreement and up to a maximum of 4 years. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to 5 years.

Apply from...

In general, applicants may be in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance, to apply and to be granted this visa.

For application of Subclass 482 visa in the Short-term stream, applicant must be outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance, to apply for this visa if ALL of the following apply:
  • the applicant has held more than one Subclass 482 visa in the Short-term stream;
  • the applicant was in Australia when the application for the most recent Subclass 482 visa in the Short-term stream held by the applicant was made;
  • applying outside Australia would not be not inconsistent with any ITO of Australia.
Before applying for Subclass 482 visa, the applicant's employer or potential employer must either has applied to be or has been approved as a Standard Business Sponsor.

In addition, the employer must have submitted a nomination or have the nomination approved before a Subclass 482 visa application can be made.

Some criteria for nomination approval are outlined below:
  • Nominated Occupation
  • Position to be nominated must be specified in either the  Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), or the work agreement (for Labour Agreement stream).
  • Labour Market Testing
  • Evidences proving the employer has attempted to fill the nominated position with suitable Australian or Australian Permanent Resident are required unless exempted. Kindly consult us for evidence requirements.
  • Salary Requirements
  • If the nomine's annual salary will be less than AUD 250,000 (accurate as of the time of writing, subject to further changes), the employer will need to show correct "Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR)" determination and ensure the nominee will not be paid less than the AMSR. The AMSR must not be less than the temporary skilled migration income threshold of AUD 53,900 (accurate as of the time of writing, subject to further changes). This requirement is to ensure TSS visa programs are not used to lower the cost of doing business and to undercut the Australian labour market. Kindly consult us for AMSR determination.
  • Genuine Position
  • Position associated with the nominated must be genuine and MUST NOT be position created solely to facilitate migration outcome for the nominee. Besides, the position generally must be full-time unless exceptional circumstances exist.
  • Nominee will be engaged as an employee, not contractor
  • In general, nominee must be engaged only as an employee under a written contract of employment.

    The following ANZSCO occupation codes are exempted from this requirement, which means the nominee can be engaged as a contractor:
    • 111111 - Chief Executive or Managing Director
    • 111211 - Corporate General Manager
    • 253111 - General Medical Practitioner
    • 253112 - Resident Medical Officer
    • 253211 - Anaesthetist
    • 253311 - Specialist Physician (General Medicine)
    • 253312 - Cardiologist
    • 253313 - Clinical Haematologist
    • 253314 - Medical Oncologist
    • 253315 - Endocrinologist
    • 253316 - Gastroenterologist
    • 253317 - Intensive Care Specialist
    • 253318 - Neurologist
    • 253321 - Paediatrician
    • 253322 - Renal Medicine Specialist
    • 253323 - Rheumatologist
    • 253324 - Thoracic Medicine Specialist
    • 253399 - Specialist Physicians (nec)
    • 253411 - Psychiatrist
    • 253511 - Surgeon (General)
    • 253512 - Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    • 253513 - Neurosurgeon
    • 253514 - Orthopaedic Surgeon
    • 253515 - Otorhinolaryngologist
    • 253516 - Paediatric Surgeon
    • 253517 - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
    • 253518 - Urologist
    • 253521 - Vascular Surgeon
    • 253911 - Dermatologist
    • 253912 - Emergency Medicine Specialist
    • 253913 - Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • 253914 - Ophthalmologist
    • 253915 - Pathologist
    • 253917 - Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
    • 253918 - Radiation Oncologist
    • 253999 - Medical Practitioners (nec)
To make a valid application for Subclass 482 visa and/or be granted this visa, the following sets of general criteria must be met:
Age Requirement
There’s no age requirement for this visa.
English Language Requirement
English Language requirement for primary applicant varies depending on whether it’s a Short-term stream, Medium-term stream, Labour Agreement or whether exemptions apply (e.g.: Holder of valid passport issued by Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom & the United States of America).

For detailed English Language requirement, visit Department of Home Affairs website.
Have adequate arrangements for health insurance
Before this visa can be granted, all applicants must have adequate arrangements for health insurance that meet the requirements for visa purposes throughout the period of intended stay in Australia.

Applicant from countries that have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia might not need to purchase insurance cover in order to meet the adequate arrangements for health insurance requirement. For detailed information, kindly visit Services Australia website.
Have relevant skills, qualifications and employment background to perform nominated occupation
Primary visa applicant must demonstrate adequate skills, qualifications and employment background to perform the nominated occupation. If the nominated occupation is a medical practitioner, the applicant’s qualifications are recognised by the relevant authority in Australia for the registration of medical practitioners as entitling the applicant to practise as a medical practitioner (e.g.: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency).
Have suitable skills assesment (apply to certain applicants)
Primary applicant with certain nominated occupation and holds passport issued by certain countries must undergo skills assessment.

This legislative instrument specifies classes of persons who need to undergo mandatory skills assessment and relevant exemptions.
Have worked in the nominated occupation or a related field for at least 2 years
Primary applicant has worked in the nominated occupation or a closely related field for at least 2 years.
Genuine Temporary Entrant
Primary applicant must demonstrate a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily and this will be assessed based on:
  • the applicant’s situation in home country;
  • the applicant’s financial situation;
  • the applicant’s immigration history;
  • the applicant’s record of compliance with visa conditions;
  • whether the applicants intend to comply with the conditions to which the Subclass 482 visa would be subject;
  • any other relevant matter.
Be sponsored
Applicants need to be sponsored by employer. The sponsor will need to first become or apply to become a Standard Business Sponsor before visa application can be lodged.

Standard Business sponsorship application and nomination must first be approved before this visa can be granted.
Be nominated
Sponsor must have submitted a nomination in relation to the nominated occupation. The occupation must be specified in either the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (for Short-term stream), the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (for Medium-term stream), or the work agreement (for Labour Agreement stream). The nomination must have been approved for visa application to be approved.
The following persons can apply for this Subclass 482 visa:
  • any person who met the eligibility criteria outlined in "Visa Eligibility Criteria" tab on this page (hereinafter referred to as "the Primary Applicant");
  • the member of family unit of the Primary Applicant, e.g.: spouse/de facto partner and children who are still dependent on the Primary Applicant or the spouse/de facto partner of Primary Applicant.
The following condition(s) might be attached to this visa:

Condition 8303 - Not be disruptive or causing harm to the Australian community

Visa holder must not become involved in activities disruptive to, or violence threatening harm to, the Australian community or a group within the Australian community. For example, engaging or promoting extremist views and interrupting the operation of the Australian community.

Condition 8501 - Maintain adequate health insurance

Visa holder must maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance while the holder is in Australia.

Ausdirect Migration can assist you with organising health insurance cover that comply with this visa condition. Contact us to avoid purchasing the wrong health insurance cover or cover that is inadequate for the visa purpose!

Condition 8607 - Must only work in nominated occupation

  1. The primary visa holder must only work in the occupation nominated in the most recent Subclass 482 visa application.
  2. The primary visa holder must only work for the employer that nominated the primary visa holder. To change new employer, new nomination must be lodged and approved.

    The primary visa holder is allowed to work for other employer/business for the purpose of fulfilling a requirement under a law relating to industrial relations and serving out a notice period.

    Besides, certain nominated occupations are exempted from this restriction and the primary visa holder with the following ANZSCO occupations has the freedom to work for other employers or businesses without the need to lodged new nomination:
    • 111111 - Chief Executive or Managing Director
    • 111211 - Corporate General Manager
    • 253111 - General Medical Practitioner
    • 253112 - Resident Medical Officer
    • 253211 - Anaesthetist
    • 253311 - Specialist Physician (General Medicine)
    • 253312 - Cardiologist
    • 253313 - Clinical Haematologist
    • 253314 - Medical Oncologist
    • 253315 - Endocrinologist
    • 253316 - Gastroenterologist
    • 253317 - Intensive Care Specialist
    • 253318 - Neurologist
    • 253321 - Paediatrician
    • 253322 - Renal Medicine Specialist
    • 253323 - Rheumatologist
    • 253324 - Thoracic Medicine Specialist
    • 253399 - Specialist Physicians (nec)
    • 253411 - Psychiatrist
    • 253511 - Surgeon (General)
    • 253512 - Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    • 253513 - Neurosurgeon
    • 253514 - Orthopaedic Surgeon
    • 253515 - Otorhinolaryngologist
    • 253516 - Paediatric Surgeon
    • 253517 - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
    • 253518 - Urologist
    • 253521 - Vascular Surgeon
    • 253911 - Dermatologist
    • 253912 - Emergency Medicine Specialist
    • 253913 - Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • 253914 - Ophthalmologist
    • 253915 - Pathologist
    • 253917 - Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
    • 253918 - Radiation Oncologist
    • 253999 - Medical Practitioners (nec)
  3. If a valid licence, registration or membership is required to perform the nominated occupation in the primary visa holder's work location, the visa holder must:
    • hold the required licence, registration or membership within 90 days of arrival in Australia (if the visa holder was outside Australia when the visa was granted) or within 90 days of visa grant (if the visa holder was in Australia when the visa was granted); and
    • continue to hold the licence, registration or membership while performing the nominated occupation; and
    • notify the Department of Home Affairs, in writing, to sponsor.notifications@abf.gov.au, if an application for the licence, registration or membership is refused; and
    • comply with the condition(s) or requirement(s) associated with the licence, registration or membership; and
    • notify the Department of Home Affairs, in writing, to sponsor.notifications@abf.gov.au, as soon as the licence, registration or membership is revoked or cancelled.
  4. The primary visa holder MUST commence work within 90 days of arrival in Australia (if the visa holder was outside Australia when the visa was granted) or within 90 days of visa grant (if the visa holder was in Australia when the visa was granted). If a licence, registration or membership is required, the primary visa holder must ensure the licence, registration or membership is obtained before this period.
  5. The primary visa holder MUST NOT cease employment for more than 60 consecutive days (60 days continuously). The primary visa holder who ceased employment must find a new approved sponsor within 60 days to avoid potential visa cancellation.

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