Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)

This visa subclass 482 also referred as the TSS visa. This is a provisional visa for skilled overseas workers to work for an approved sponsor/employer where employers can't source an appropriately skilled Australian worker.

If you want to apply from Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a subclass 010 Bridging A visa, a subclass 020 Bridging B visa or a subclass 030 Bridging C visa.

There are three streams under this visa subclass: Short-Term stream, Medium-Term stream, and Labour Agreement stream.

Common Eligibility requirements for all thee stream:

  • There is no age requirement for this visa.
  • Be nominated for a position by an approved sponsor
  • Have at least 2 years of full-time work experience in your nominated occupation within the last 5 years. (Part-time might be considered but casual work not)
  • Must have a positive skills assessment for a nominated occupation
  • Meet English language requirements.
  • Meet health and character requirements.
  • Meet specific requirements of the stream in which you apply.


Short-Term stream:

You can apply on this stream if your employer wishes to sponsor you temporarily only in occupations listed on the short-term skilled occupations list (STSOL).

On this visa, you can live and work for your sponsor in Australia up to 2 years and up to 4 years if an International Trade Obligation (ITO) applies. If eligible, you may apply for permanent residence in Australia.

Medium-Term stream:

You can apply on this stream if your employer wishes to sponsor you on an occupation listed on either the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Regional Occupation List (ROL). On this visa, you can live and work for your sponsor in Australia up to a maximum of 4 years. If eligible, you may apply for permanent residence in Australia.

Labour Agreement stream:

You can apply on this stream if your employer who has a Labour Agreement (Labour agreements are developed between the Australian Government (represented by the Department) and employer) wishes to sponsor you temporarily. On this visa, you can live and work for your sponsor in Australia up to a maximum of 4 years. If eligible, you may apply for permanent residence in Australia.

Include family:

You can include members of the family unit with your visa application at the time of your application, before application decision has been made or as subsequent entrant after you have granted the visa. There is no age requirement for this visa

Your employer must agree (or have agreed) in writing to include the applicants as a family member in the nomination.

If the family members are in Australia, they must hold a substantive visa or on a Bridging visa A, Bridging visa B or Bridging visa C. They might not be eligible for this visa if they have had a visa cancelled or refused while they were in Australia.

All family members who apply for the visa must meet the Health and Character Requirements of the Australian Government.

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