Temporary Skills Shortage Visa in Australia

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What is a Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (Subclass 482) in Australia

Temporary Skills Shortage Visa is specifically made for foreign workers to fill a need that cannot be filled in the job market by local Australian workers (Australian citizens/PRs).In other words, if an employer is unable to find any local worker to perform a particular occupation, it could hire a foreign worker under the TSS visa program.

TSS visa has 3 streams and all streams have different criteria for instance: –

Medium-Term Stream

  • Firstly, the occupation has to be on either MLTSSL (Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List) or ROL (Regional Occupation List). Please note that the ROL is only applicable to Regional Employers.
  • Secondly, an applicant can get a visa for up to 4 years under this stream.
  • Thirdly, an applicant could potentially transition to Permanent Residency visa if sponsored under this stream.

Short Term Stream

  • Firstly, the occupation has to be on STSOL (Short-term Skilled Occupation List)
  • Secondly, can get a visa for up to 2 years and another extension of 2 years can be applied for.
  • Thirdly, an applicant will have to satisfy the Genuine Temporary Entrant Criteria.
  • In conclusion, CAN NOT transition to a Permanent Residency visa if sponsored under this stream.

Labour Agreement Stream

  • The stream is for sponsored applicants who are under a labor agreement with the Australian Government.
  • The criteria for this stream are determined by the content of the labor agreement.
  •  Labor agreements need to be company-specific, Designated Area-specific or Industry-specific, etc.

Steps in applying for a TSS Visa

In addition, there are 3 different applications that need to be submitted as part of a TSS visa. Moreover, they need to be in the same order as listed below: –

SBS (Standard Business Sponsorship)

  • The sponsor should make the application  (Employing Business)
  • Sponsors should be lawfully and actively operating inside Australia
  • No Adverse information against the sponsor
  • Sponsorship is generally valid for 5 years after the date of the grant.


  • Application by the sponsor lodged on the applicant’s behalf nominating the applicant to work in a particular occupation.
  • SBS must be valid
  • The position should be genuine and continuing
  • Salary must meet Annual Market Salary Rate
  • Labour Market Testing (evidence that no local worker was available for the position)
  • The occupation should be on the relevant list.

Visa Application

  • All the criteria for making a valid application need to be satisfied
  • Approved Nomination
  • No age limits
  • English Language requirements
  • Skills Assessment mandatory for applicants from certain countries and with certain occupations
  • Should have complied with previous visa conditions.

Visa Conditions

  • Firstly, must work for the sponsor
  • Secondly, must maintain health insurance


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