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What is a Temporary Skill Shortage Visa – Subclass 482?

The Subclass 482 Visa, also known as the Subclass 457 Visa, is a temporary visa that allows the applicant to live and work full-time in Australia for an employer who has sponsored them. This type of visa falls under the category of Employer Sponsored Visas.
 
The Temporary Skill Shortage Visa Subclass 482 aims to address the shortage of skilled workers for companies that cannot find suitable candidates within Australia. The Australian government allows the recruitment of overseas skilled workers by providing the 482 visa while ensuring that Australian employees are given preference.
If a company is unable to find a suitably skilled worker, it can sponsor an international employee through the TSS visa. To sponsor an applicant under this visa, a business must be a Standard Business Sponsor (SBS) or an Overseas Business Sponsor (OBS).
 
The applicant can apply for this visa from outside or inside Australia, or if they hold a bridging visa. However, if the applicant has the required skills to fill a job position with an Australian employer, they may be eligible for the 482 visa.

Subclass 482 Stream

There are three streams for the Subclass 482 visa. Applicants can apply for the stream that focuses on their skills by referring to the Consolidated Skilled Occupations List.

Short Term Stream

The Short-Term visa stream under the Subclass 482 visa allows the applicant to live in Australia for up to 2 years, or 4 years if an international trade obligation applies. Passport holders from Hong Kong are eligible to stay for up to 5 years. To be eligible for this stream, the applicant must be nominated for a job in an occupation listed as an eligible short-term skilled occupation.
The cost of the visa application is around 1,265 AUD$ and the processing time for this stream is typically 30 days to 4 months for 75% of applications, and 46 days to 9 months for 90% of applications from the time of lodging.

Medium Term Stream

The Medium-term stream under the Subclass 482 visa allows the applicant to live in Australia for up to 4 years, with Hong Kong passport holders still eligible to stay for up to 5 years. To be eligible for this stream, the applicant must be nominated for a job in an occupation listed as an eligible medium-term or long-term skilled occupation.

Labour Agreement Stream

The Labour Agreement Stream is for applicants who hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (Subclass 457) and were sponsored by their employer through a labor agreement. To be eligible for this stream, the applicant must meet the age, skill, and English language requirements specified in the agreement.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for all three streams are nearly the same, the main difference in all three streams is the duration of staying in Australia, skill requirements, and the application cost. The other eligibility criteria for any stream are:
The applicant must have 2 years of work experience in the required occupation.
  1. The applicant must hold a sanctioned nomination by a licensed sponsor and have completed a skill assessment.
  2. The applicant must meet English language proficiency, health and character requirements, and other additional conditions for lodging the visa application.
  3. The applicant must fulfil the individual requirements of the specific stream, including the GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant) requirement for the short-term stream.

Eligibility Criteria for the Nominating Employer

An employer with a legitimate business requiring a skilled worker for the job position in his company can be able to sponsor international skilled workers, However, he has to meet the requirement below before sponsoring the employee.

  1. The sponsor must be a registered and legally operating business in Australia.
  2. The sponsor Should have a standard business sponsorship.

The employer can nominate a worker for a skilled occupation from the Medium And Long-Term Strategic Skill List (MLTSSL) or Short-Term Skill Occupation List (STSOL) also sponsor must have to:

  1. Submit a Legal employment contract.
  2. Pay the minimum required salary equivalent to or more than Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) for the required skill worker’s respective occupation.
  3. The sponsor must have to specify the location and period of the job in the nomination
  4. The sponsor has to provide evidence of Labour Market Testing (If asked by home affairs)