TSS Visa Australia Subclass 482 visa (Temporary Skill Shortage Visa)

TSS visa Australia (Temporary Skill Shortage subclass 482 visa) will replace the 457 visa program from 1 March 2018 as announced by Malcolm Turnbull in April 2017. A visa number has finally been advertised – it will be also be known as subclass 482 visa. The reason why the number has not been advertised straight away? Some say a department wanted people to call the visa by the name (TSS) instead of by the number (482). Fair enough … Unlike for 457 visa, not all the occupation will be eligible to transition from TSS to PR. But first of all – let’s discuss how to get a TSS visa.

TSS visa streams (SC 482 visa streams)

There are 3 streams within TSS visa programme:

  • short-term stream,
  • medium-term stream.
  • a labor agreement

Occupations on the STSOL List (Short-Term Skilled Occupations ) will be eligible for visas of up to two years. Visas might be renewable once, for a further two years. Occupations on the MLTSSL (Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List) will be eligible for up to four years visa (with eligibility for permanent residency after three years). A new instrument with a list of occupation will very likely be released. Interestingly there will be some additional occupations available for regional Australia.

TSS visa short-term stream visa applicant requirements

The short-term TSS visa will be valid for two years. It will be possible to renew it onshore once, for another two years. The main purpose of this stream is to fill temporary skill gaps in Australian labor market. It is allowing Australian businesses to employ overseas talent. Visa applicants must acquire an employer willing to sponsor them.

Under this stream, short-term TSS visa holders are allowed to remain in Australia for no longer than four years. There is no pathway for Australian permanent residency through employer-sponsored skilled visa (ENS or RSMS visa), but there might exist the other avenues through skilled nominated or family visas (such a partner visa).

The short-term list will be updated every six months. Occupations may be added or removed.


  • tss-visa-after-you-are-emu-asking-isoccupation must be listed on a STSOL list
  • English language requirement, overall IELTS score of 5.0, with a minimum of 4.5 in each area. The other English tests such as PTE or TOEFL are also accepted by the department of immigration.
  • a police check from Australia and the other countries of residence will be required
  • in some circumstances GTE assessment will be conducted. Case officer must be satisfied that the applicant is a ‘genuine temporary entrant’ (similar to student visa GTE assessment)
  • a minimum two years of relevant work experience will be required. Experience will have to be “skilled” – gained after completion of the relevant school / programm / degree. There are exemptions – it’s really on a case by case basis.
  • TSS visa holders have to be paid at least a minimum salary rate (TSMIT) as set out by the Government (or higher, where a caveat applies)
  • a labor market testing will be mandatory in most cases
  • an employer contribution to the Skilling Australians Training Fund will also be required

The TSS program will commence in March 2018 (exact date is not known yet).  If your occupation is on the STSOL list and you will apply before this date, you will only be granted a two-year 457 visa.

TSS visa medium-term stream visa applicant requirements

The medium-term TSS visa will be granted for four years. Could be renewed few times and there is a pathway to Australian permanent residency after three years through a transition stream of  employer sponsored visa (ENS visa or RSMS visa)

The medium-term TSS visa is aimed at applicants working in critically needed skilled occupation.


  • Occupation must be on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List
  • minimum of two years of relevant work experience is required
  • candidates must be paid at the minimum salary (TSMIT) for the position
  • the visa applicant must obtain a police check
  • Labour market testing is also mandatory
  • employers must make a contribution to the Skilling Australians Training Fund
  • English language requirements – overall IELTS score of 5.0 and a minimum of 5.0 in each test component (so-called vocational English). This is slightly higher than for the short-term stream.

TSS visa labor agreement

The current 457 labour agreements will continue under TSS visa programm. It is possible also to establish a new labour agreement under TSS visa (SC 482 visa) programm

TSS visa caveats

Some occupations will be subject to caveats, for example:

  • Applicant will have to be paid a higher minimum salary ($65,000 or $80,000)
  • Sponsor must be located in a specific area (determined by postcodes)
  • Sponsoring organization must have at least five full-time employees
  • Sponsoring company must have an annual turnover of at least $1million

TSS visa age limit

There is no age limit for TSS visa. Your skills and experience are what matters the most here. Keep in mind if you are 45 or over your options for a transition to permanent residency might be limited. Doctors and high-income earners still may have the option to transition to ENS / RSMS after some time, but for the others over 44 years of age skills based permanent residency might not be available. Family mightation can still be an option in some circumstances.

Sponsoring Business Requirements

Similar to 457 – employers planning to sponsor workers will need to become an approved ‘standard business sponsor’, although a nomination process might be slightly different. There are also TSS visa employer obligations.

Market rates

Employes will have to pay an Australian market salary rate (TSMIT):

  •  at or above $53,900 (as of November 2017) plus superannuation;
  • remuneration and other work terms and conditions can’t be less favorable than those offered to an Australian employee in the same position.

Labour Market Testing

Before sponsoring an overseas worker, an employer will be obliged to explore local labor market to ensure there is no suitable candidate for the role available. ANZSCO Skill level 1 and 2 occupations are currently exempt from a Labour Market Testing for 457 visa. This will no longer be the case for TSS visa. Unless there are International Trade Obligations in place LMT will have to be commenced (there could be some exemptions in very limited circumstances).

Training benchmark

Instead of Training benchmark A or B employer will have to contribute to a Skilling Australians Fund (has not yet been approved – bill still needs to pass Senate). At the stage of nomination, an employer will have to pay the fee multiplied by the number of years visa will be applied for.

  • AUD $1,200 for each 457 visa holder for companies with turnover < AUD $10m
  • AUD $1,800 for each 457 visa holder for companies with turnover >AUD $10m

For example – if the company’s turnover for recent financial year was over $10m and the visa is applied for 2 years, at the nomination stage additional $3600 will have to be paid. Although the fee is being collected by a Department of Home Affairs, money are beuing passed to the Department of Education and they’ll decide how to allocate the funds.

TSS visa fees (482 visa fees)

The government visa application charges for a single applicant will be:

  • AUD $1,150 for the 2 year visa (short-term one)
  • AUD $2,400 for the 4 year visa (medium-term one)

For more information on which occupations can be sponsored check a list of skilled occupations.

To find out if you’ll eligible for a TSS visa, contact us today.

Health waiver for TSS visa

Unlike for 457 visa PIC 4006A will no longer be available for TSS visa. PIC 4007 health waiver will be available instead.

TSS visa processing time

Processing time for a TSS visa is expected to be similar to 457 visa and will depend on

  • the department’s workload
  • whether the sponsor has the status of an “accredited sponsor”
  • your occupation
  • location of the sponsor (regional Australia or not)
  • is the application “decision ready”

At the moment (March 2018) it is expected that decision ready applications might be decided within 5 months period of time. If any documents will be missing and case officer will ask for additional evidence – add another half a year, so make sure your application is compliant.

Another factor you’ll have to consider is processing time for sponsorship and nomination. You can check current average processing times on a department’s website.

TSS visa work experience

Unlike 457 where work experience in some circumstances was not required, for TSS visa it is expected that an applicant will have at least 2 years of work experience. Unlike for skills assessments where the type of work experience is being defined clearly (skilled, unskilled, prior to qualifications, after the qualifications, on the job training, in lieu of qualifications, etc) for TSS visa type of work experience has not been defined, so essentially it is up to the case officer if they’ll be satisfied with the evidence of skills. We have broad experience with 457 visa for various occupations so if you need to discuss your situation please book a consultation for advice about the way forward.

Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement (GTE requirement)

In some situations, GTE assessment might be required for a TSS visa grant. The most likely situations, where a department might be requesting for a GTE assessment, are:

  • A visa applicant has been living in Australia on various temporary visas for at least 4 years
  • A visa applicant is renewing their TSS short-term visa for the 2nd time (offshore application)

Onshore application for TSS visa

To be eligible for an onshore application for TSS visa an applicant must have:

  • a substantial visa
  • bridging visa A, B or C.

Unlike for 457 visa, schedule 3 provisions do not apply for TSS visa, which means applications lodged offshore must be decided while an applicant is offshore. It’s gonna be a bit harder for those impacted by section 48 bar.

457 Visas

Until the TSS visa will be introduced, subclass 457 visa will remain available for use by companies that wish to sponsor skilled workers. Please contact us for advice and assistance. All the 457 viss applications lodged before TSS visa will be formally introduced shall be determined with the “old 457 rules”.

We at Nowak Migration have the ability to advise employers and skilled individuals on the requirements for this new visa. We may also assist with the lodgement and supporting documentation required for the nomination and visa application. essentially – we can assist employers and visa applicants by managing the TSS visa application process from beginning to the end, liaising with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and ensuring the application has the best possible chance of success.

If you intend to lodge an application before March 2018, under the current 457 scheme, we will advise on how the changes may impact your visa grant. We can also advise the pathway to permanent residency.

To arrange a consultation with a Registered Migration Agent, call 07 3668 0658 or contact us.

54 thoughts on “TSS Visa Australia Subclass 482 visa (Temporary Skill Shortage Visa)

  • 19/03/2018 at 12:26 pm

    Hi I am Poornima from India.i have two year work experience..I hope that I am eligible for subclass 482 visa..can u arrange sponsor for me .give me the full details…thank you

    • 21/03/2018 at 10:06 pm

      Sorry, we do not arrange sponsors.

  • 24/03/2018 at 10:58 pm

    m pooja from India I have 8 years experience as a beautician my cousin Bhabhi have saloon in Australia can I apply

    • 31/03/2018 at 10:04 am


  • 29/03/2018 at 5:46 am

    Is it possible to study part time or with distance learning institutions while on the Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa?

    • 30/03/2018 at 10:38 am

      Distance learning – no issue at all. Part-time classroom – should not be a problem as well – check the conditions of your visa.

  • 30/03/2018 at 10:58 pm

    For TSS short term sponser visa for 2 years can we give 5 years of studies from English medium school or college instead of giving ILETS/PTE.

    • 31/03/2018 at 9:50 am

      Depends on the schooling level, but it is possible.

  • 31/03/2018 at 6:18 pm

    i am working as full time accountant for last 2 yrs if my employer agrees to sponsor me for 482 do i need to do skill assessment with cpa.
    i have Australian degree in accounts and finance
    Will band of 6 each will be enough to apply for 482 without skill assessment . please advise

    • 04/04/2018 at 11:25 am

      Skills assessment as an accountant might not be necessary for TSS, however, registration as an accountant might be. IELTS 6 each band is satisfactory for 482.

  • 03/04/2018 at 7:00 pm

    Hi, I am Bachelor of Civil Engineer (graduated in 2004) with 14 years of experience, holding CLB 5 (overall 6 band) valid upto 2018 October. Can I apply for SKILLED – NOMINATED (190) VISA ? Or what are the possibilities to get migrated in Australia. I don’t have any relatives in Australia, have some friends only.
    Moreover, what are the chances for me to get skilled nominated visa 190 in Canberra or Tasmania with 1 year study?

    • 04/04/2018 at 10:51 am

      You’ll have to get a positive outcome of a skills assessment first. 190 could be an option if you’ll get enough points and state nomination. Please book a consultation if you’d like to discuss your option in details.

  • 04/04/2018 at 8:14 am

    I am planning for work permit in australia.do have i have to mention my past migration history.i was overstay in UK before and how does it effect.

    • 04/04/2018 at 9:38 am

      There is a specific question in a visa application about this.

  • 04/04/2018 at 10:55 pm

    I have 1 year and 11month of experience in nursing overseas. Can i apply for tss visa?

    • 05/04/2018 at 7:50 am

      2 years of work experience are required for TSS.

  • 06/04/2018 at 4:35 pm

    I have done secondary school plus 2 year diploma course in India and I’ve four years experience in manufacturing field. Am I qualify for TSS visa?

    • 07/04/2018 at 9:37 am


  • 10/04/2018 at 7:38 pm

    Good Day.

    I am a stock farmer with 32 years farming experience, particularly in thoroughbred horses. If I wish to enter on a TSS 482 visa as a “Horse Breeder” ANZCO 121316 will I require a skills assessment. I see there is a VETASSES B assessment for this and a bachelor degree or equivalent is required. Does this apply for 482 applications too?

    • 19/05/2018 at 10:24 am

      Skills assessment for a 482 visa very likely will not be required in such a situation, but you will still have to prove to the case officer you have relevant skills and qualifications.

  • 12/04/2018 at 9:32 pm

    Is it required to have IELTS score even if I migrate through my existing employer in India which has offices in Australia on TSS for 18 months along with family? Also what are the benefits available for dependents (Is Day care/pre school etc free/subsidized for them)?

    • 19/05/2018 at 10:17 am

      Given – you are sponsored by overseas business and your salary is above a particular threshold, English test may not be required. Please book a consultation if you’d like to discuss.

  • 14/04/2018 at 3:08 pm

    I am working in a tech company in india. My company had already filed a 457 visa before and that was approved and visa was granted recently ( March 2018). However as i got role elevation, my company was about to file for amendment, but this new 482 TSS visa came to picture. Now my HR and i’m equally confused what should be done at this point of time.

    • 19/05/2018 at 10:14 am

      If it is new ANZSCO code, new nomination and a visa application may need to be lodged. Book a consultation if you’d like to discuss.

  • 03/05/2018 at 1:10 am

    Hi i am from INDIA. I am working as a HR Recruiter and i know my work exp falls on TSS – 1 and i know i am not eligible for PR. I could stay the max 4 yrs legally.

    Is there any legal way i could get a PR after 4 yrs TSS visa?
    Am i eligible to start a small business?

    Thanks in advance!

    • 13/05/2018 at 10:21 am

      There are various ways for getting a PR if you are aon TSS. It all depends on your particular circumstances and current migration law. Please book a consultation so we could check your case.

  • 04/05/2018 at 10:35 pm

    I’m holding a student visa and currently working as accountant on a casual basis for 1.5 years.
    Also, I have oversea working experience as accountant about 5 years in my country, does it fulfill the requirement of working experience?Am I eligible to apply for TSS visa?

    • 13/05/2018 at 10:18 am

      Please keep in mind some occupations in Australia require a licence. Work experience should be “skilled” which means – gained after getting a prerequisite qualification. A question remains if your overseas experience will be considered as “skilled”. No way of knowing without checking details of your past career. Please book a consultation if you’d like to discuss.

  • 05/05/2018 at 6:11 am

    for TSS work experience needs to be paid? and for two years?

    • 13/05/2018 at 10:13 am

      yes and yes

  • 08/05/2018 at 8:12 am

    my tourist visa expired yesterday, i am planning to go to immi for bridging visa; after getting bridging visa can i apply any other visa? I never got any visa refused or cancelled in Australia; its just that my tourist visa ceased a day ago.

    • 13/05/2018 at 10:12 am

      There are some visas you may apply for even being unlawful non-citizen.

      • 16/05/2018 at 11:26 am


        I have someone who can sponsor me for 408 visa; can i please apply it before 28 days pass off since my tourist vsia expiry. Please advise. Currently I have no visa

        • 19/05/2018 at 9:59 am

          This article is about 482 not 408. Please book a consultation if you’d like to discuss your case.

  • 10/05/2018 at 11:04 pm

    I’m an overseas student, doing my early childhood education and care degree atm. For some personal reason, I have been delaying my study in a year, at the same time I have been working in a childcare centre. Now they want to sponsor and employ me to work full time for them. I have done my diploma. Is there any way to switch from student visa to working visa? If so what sort of visa is a option for me?? Thank you.

    • 13/05/2018 at 10:08 am

      There is a 2 year work experience requirement for TSS visa, so you may not qualify for TSS visa unless you will have a prior experience from overseas. Please book a consultation so we’ll assess your case.

  • 12/05/2018 at 6:59 pm

    Will prior Medical condition be an Issue in grant of TSS Visa (we have our own Private Medical Insurance) and will any special authorisation is required from the employer in case of prior medical condition?

    • 13/05/2018 at 10:04 am

      Health waiver is available for 482 visa. Authorisation from an employer is not required anymore.

  • 16/05/2018 at 3:01 pm

    Is it possible for a person with skill in medium-term visa skills apply for short term visa.
    Kindly respond.

    Kind regards,

    • 19/05/2018 at 9:56 am

      You specify a duration for a visa in an application. It could be up to 4 years for occupations from MLTSSL list.

  • 27/05/2018 at 8:14 pm

    I am from India, I have 4year experience as a IT networking engineer. Can I eligible for TSS VISA. Please share some more information with me.
    Thanks & Regards.

    • 28/05/2018 at 7:15 pm

      You might be eligible. Is there an employer willing to sponsor you for a visa?

  • 06/06/2018 at 5:57 pm

    Could you please let me know the processing time for 482 dependent visa currently. Its been a month that lodgement is done for the dependent visa request.

    • 07/06/2018 at 9:47 am

      Have a look here this question has been answered already.

  • 13/06/2018 at 2:12 am

    What is the estimated processing time for tss visa?its wriiten 11 to 17 days in immi accoubt.can someone pls confirm the same.

    • 15/06/2018 at 10:51 am

      If your employer is an accredited sponsor, then yes.

      • 16/06/2018 at 12:11 am

        What is the processing time for a standard business sponser?

        • 28/06/2018 at 7:52 am

          Average processing times are advertised on a department’s website. Make sure all the required evidence was uploaded at the time of application, otherwise it will end on the bottom of the pile and will be assessed later than the complete applications.

  • 29/06/2018 at 4:21 pm

    is it possible to apply for a tss (medium term) with no formal qualification but about 6 years experience as a fitter overseas and 1 year in Australia.

    • 10/07/2018 at 6:46 pm

      As long as 7 years work experience is relevant to the occupation as a fitter I would expect a case officer to accept it for TSS visa.

  • 09/07/2018 at 3:45 pm

    Can I know the general processing time for each stage: Sponsorship , Nomination , Visa application?

    • 10/07/2018 at 6:24 pm

      the best idea is to lodge all 3 stages together so a case officer will be able to make a decision one after another – it happens this way.

  • 19/07/2018 at 3:57 pm

    I have construction experience for many years in overseas but no qualification. Finishing a diploma of construction qualification this year. Will my experience counted for TSS?

    • 29/07/2018 at 10:27 am

      Depends on the occupation and type of experience. I’d say – possible.

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