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Subclass 482 - Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa

This is the most commonly used employer sponsored visa for skilled employment.

The Temporary Skilled Shortage visa subclass 482, or also known as the TSS Visa allows skilled workers to come to Australia and work for an approved business.

The visa applicant must be sponsored by an approved business. A business can sponsor someone for this visa if they cannot find an Australian citizen or permanent resident to do the skilled work.

You can be in or outside Australia when you lodge your application which allows you to:

  • work in Australia for your sponsored employer
  • bring your family to work or study in Australia

Visa validity is based against the type of occupation that you are nominated under. There are two occupation streams for the subclass 482 visa;

  1. Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) provides up to a 4 year visa with an option to go onto Permanent Residency in the future
  2. Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) provides up to 2 year visa with one extension for another 2 years

The occupation lists can be found in the following link

The visa applicant must:

  • have been nominated by an approved Australian employer
  • be offered employment under a signed contract and be paid a market rate salary for the position
  • meet the skills, qualifications, English language requirements (unless exempt), character and health