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Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

Subclass 482

Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

The Temporary Skill Shortage Visa Subclass 482 has been made to address the shortage of skilled workers. Employers who have been unable to source the suitable talent amongst Australians can recruit talent from overseas.

Four different types of sub-class 482 visas

What the subclass 482 visa type has to offer and more information

Each subtype can be best explained individually depending on what you get if you apply for a specific visa.

Short-term stream

With the short-term visa, you can work in Australia for up to two or up to four years if an ITO or International Trade Obligation applies. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to five years. 

Cost

The visa costs AUD1,455.00 for the main applicant and for each dependant 18 years and over.
It costs AUD365.00 for each dependant under 18 years old.
You will have to pay other costs for English language tests, health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator
The estimator does not consider the other costs.

Eligibility criteria for short-term stream visa 482

⦁ You must be nominated to work in an occupation enlisted in the eligible short-term skilled occupations list
⦁ You must hold at least two years of relevant work experience in your nominated occupation or a related field
⦁ You should have a relevant skills assessment if required for your occupation
⦁ You must work only for your sponsor or associated organisation, unless you are exempt
⦁ You must meet minimum standards of English language fluency unless you are exempt from sharing proof

Stay longer

If your visa is expiring and you want to stay in Australia to work for your existing employer:

⦁ your employer will need to submit a new nomination.
⦁ you must apply for a new visa.

Your employer may be able to sponsor you for permanent residence through the:

Medium-term stream

This visa enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker. With the medium-term stream visa, you can work in Australia for up to four years. You may stay up to five years if you are a Hong Kong passport holder.

With this visa, you can

⦁ work in Australia for your sponsor for up to 4 years, or up to 5 years if you are a Hong Kong passport holder.
⦁ study (you won’t receive government assistance)
⦁ travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid.
⦁ if eligible, apply for permanent residence

Cost

The visa costs AUD3,035.00 for the main applicant and for each dependant 18 years and over.
It costs AUD760.00 for each dependant under 18 years old.
You will have to pay other costs for English language tests, health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa pricing estimator.
The estimator does not consider the other costs.

Eligibility criteria for medium-term stream visa 482

⦁ be nominated to work in an occupation on the list of eligible medium and long-term skilled occupations
⦁ have at least 2 years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation or a related field
⦁ have a relevant skills assessment if this is required for your occupation.
⦁ work only for your sponsor or associated entity unless you are exempt.
⦁ meet minimum standards of English language proficiency unless you are exempt from needing to show this

If you wish to stay longer

If your visa is expiring and you want to stay in Australia to work for your existing employer:

⦁ your employer will need to submit a new nomination.
⦁ you must apply for a new visa.

Your employer may be able to sponsor you for permanent residence through the:

Labour agreement stream

This visa is for skilled workers nominated by employers who have a Labour Agreement. It lets you live and work in Australia temporarily. Labour agreements are developed between the Australian Government (represented by the Department) and employers.

Up to a maximum of 4 years, depending on the terms in the labour agreement. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to 5 years.

With this visa, you can

⦁ work in Australia for up to 4 years for your sponsor or up to 5 years if you are a Hong Kong passport holder.
⦁ study (no government assistance)
⦁ travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

Current temporary skilled visa holders from Hong Kong will be eligible for an extension of 5 years (from 9 July 2020) in addition to the time they’ve already been in Australia.
Current and future temporary skilled visa holders from Hong Kong will also have a pathway to permanent residency after 5 years.

Eligibility criteria for labour agreement steam – visa 482

⦁ be nominated to work in a specified occupation under the terms of a Labour Agreement
⦁ have at least 2 years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation or a related field
⦁ have a relevant skills assessment if this is required for your occupation.
⦁ work only for your sponsor.
⦁ meet minimum standards of English language proficiency unless you are exempt from needing to show this

Stay longer

If your visa is expiring and you want to stay in Australia to work for your existing employer:
your employer will need to submit a new nomination.
you must apply for a new visa.
Your employer could also sponsor you for permanent residence through the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186).
You might be eligible for other skilled work visas. Use our visa finder to find out options for work.
Current temporary skilled visa holders from Hong Kong will be eligible for an extension of 5 years (from 9 July 2020) in addition to the time they’ve already been in Australia.
Current and future temporary skilled visa holders from Hong Kong will also have a pathway to permanent residency after 5 years.

Subsequent entrant

This visa is for family members of subclass 457 and TSS visa holders who are applying separately for their TSS visa and wish to join the primary subclass 457 or TSS visa holder in Australia.

Primary visa holder holds a TSS visa.

The visa application charge for a subsequent entrant application will be calculated based on the stream in which the primary visa was granted (that is, a short-term, medium-term or labour agreement stream).

Primary visa holder holds a subclass 457 visa.

In cases where a primary visa holder holds a subclass 457 visa, and not a TSS visa, the visa application charge for subsequent entrant applications is calculated as per regulation 1240(2)(a)(ii) – “for any other applicant”, with the charges being as follows:

⦁ base application charge – AUD3,035.00
⦁ additional applicants charge for applicants 18 and over – AUD3,035.00
⦁ additional applicants charge for applicants under 18 – AUD760.00

Note: if the sole applicant on a subsequent entrant application is under 18 years of age, they will be charged the base application charge and not the additional applicant charge.
You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa pricing estimator The estimator does not take into account the other costs.

Eligibility

Be a partner or dependent of a subclass 482 or 457 visa holder.

Stay longer

If your visa is expiring and the primary visa holder wants to stay in Australia to work for their existing employer:

⦁ the employer will need to submit a new nomination.
⦁ you must apply for a new visa.

The primary applicant’s employer could also sponsor the main applicant for permanent residence through the:

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