Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (subclass 482)

Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (subclass 482)

If you are a professional or qualified tradesperson with highly developed skills, you may be able to acquire a temporary skilled shortage (TSS) visa subclass 482.

Formerly known as the 457 visa, the 482 visa will allow you to live and work in Australia for up to four years.

The TSS visa enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in skilled workers to areas where employers cannot source an appropriately skilled Australian worker.

TSS visa holders can work for an approved sponsor in Australia in their nominated occupation under one of the following three streams:

● Short Term
● Medium Term
● Labour Agreement

The application process consists of three parts:

● Sponsorship Application
● Nomination Application
● Visa Application


  • 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
  • have Health Insurance

Nominated by an approved sponsor:

Before you can apply for a TSS visa, your proposed employer will need to lodge a nomination application for you. They can do this only if they are an approved sponsor or have at least lodged an application to become a Standard Business Sponsor.

Your employer must nominate you for a genuine, full time position in an occupation specified on:

Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) – up to 4 years visa with opportunity of PR after 3 years.

Short Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) up to 2 years visa, which may be renewed once after the initial 2 years, but with no opportunity of PR after.

Labour Agreement – up to 4 years.

Labour Market Testing Requirements

● 2 advertisements within the last 4 months to have run for at least 4 weeks
● no exemptions unless international trade obligations (ITOs) apply.
● required at time of lodgement or immediate refusal

The following evidence will generally be considered sufficient:
● the nominated position has been advertised in Australia
● the advertisement was in English and included the following information:
○ the title, or a description, of the position
○ the name of the approved sponsor or the name of the recruitment agency being used
by the sponsor
○ the annual earnings for the position

● at least two advertisements were published:
○ on a national recruitment website, that being a prominent or professional recruitment website that publishes advertisements for positions throughout Australia. A general classifieds website or an advertisement through social media notification is not an acceptable method
○ In a national print media – national newspapers or magazines that are
published at least monthly and marketed throughout Australia
○ on national radio – radio programmes that are broadcast or syndicated
○ accredited sponsor – on the businesses’ website.

Skilling Australia Fund (SAF) fee

This was introduced 12th August 2018 and is a major cost increase for businesses to consider.

This fee is payable per nomination application and relative to the number of years the applicant will be nominated.

The base amount for organisations with less than $10 million annual turnover is $1200, and for all others the base amount is $1800.

Visa period   <$10 million t/o   >$10 million t/o

One year                     $1200                   $1800

Two years                   $2400                   $3600

Three years                 $3600                  $5400

Four years                   $4800                  $7200

Apply from:

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when a decision is made.

Processing times:

2-4 months

Visa Go Australia fee to process the visa:

Total fee is $4,800.00, payable in three stages:

$ 1,600.00          Deposit (payable on commencement of application)
$ 1,600.00          Second (payable on lodgement of SBS)
$ 1,600.00          Final (payable on lodgement of visa application)

Complete the free online assessment to check your eligibility HERE

Book a consultation with an Australian Registered Migration Agent to discuss your questions HERE

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Lesley Botschuyver
Lesley Botschuyver
03:09 17 Oct 21
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Rebecca Wolody
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10:01 07 Oct 21
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Sam Hodson
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11:11 17 Sep 21
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Mary Pegasiou
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21:20 16 Sep 21
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Jacob Forrest
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14:06 20 Jul 21
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Ross Findlay
Ross Findlay
09:00 25 Jan 21
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Samantha Mills
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20:05 17 Dec 20
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11:07 17 Dec 20
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19:48 05 Dec 20
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John Docherty
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15:17 19 Aug 20
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Chaz Manning
Chaz Manning
20:16 19 Jul 20
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Jonas Forshaw
Jonas Forshaw
12:02 27 Jun 20
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09:12 31 May 20
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