On 18 April 2017, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia and the Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection jointly announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa which will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages.

Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)

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Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)

TSS visa allows employers to address labor shortages by bringing in genuinely skilled workers where they cannot hire an appropriately skilled Australian. TSS visa holders can work in Australia in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor under one of three streams:

  • the Short-Term stream
  • the Medium-Term stream
  • the Labour Agreement stream

Steps for TSS visa
Temporary Skill Shortage visa required to complete three – steps

Step 1: a sponsorship application by the employer
Step 2: a nomination application by the employer
Step 3: a visa application by applicant

Visa requirements

 

Short Term Stream Medium Term Stream
Occupation Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) Medium and Long term Skilled Occupation List (MLTSSL)
Visa Duration Up to 2 years (can extend another 2 years) Up to 4 years
GTE Requirement YES No
IELTS Requirement 5.0(each 4.5) 5.0 each
Work Experience 2 years relevant work experience required 2 years relevant work experience required
Pathway to Permanent Visa No Yes (Can apply ENS / RSMS after 3 years )
Age No age limits No age limits

*Terms and Condition Apply.

Visa Fee

Visa subclass Short Term Stream Medium Term Stream
Base application charge $1,175 $2,455
Additional applicant charge
18 and over
 $1,175 $2,455
Additional applicant charge under 18 $295 $615
 Subsequent temporary application charge $700 $700

*Terms and Condition Apply.

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)

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What is Employer Nomination Scheme?

The ENS visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers. It enables the applicant to work in Australia under one of three streams:

  • the Short-Term stream
  • the Medium-Terms stream
  • the Labour Agreement stream

Temporary Residence Transition stream

is for subclass 482 TSS visa holders who have worked for three years and would like to work as a permanent position in the same occupation (MLTSSL) while holding a subclass TSS visa.

Direct Entry stream

is for skilled workers who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream and it requires at least 3 years relevant work experience in nominated occupation.

Visa Duration

  • Permanent
Visa Fee
Visa subclass Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)
Base application charge $3,375
Non-internet application charge  N/A
 Additional applicant
18 and over
 $1,875
 Additional applicant under 18 $940

*Terms and Condition Apply.

Regional Sponsored Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS)

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What is Regional Sponsored Skilled Migration Scheme?

RSMS is a permanent visa for skilled workers who got a job offer in a regional area which requires works in that area at least 2 years.

Visa Duration

  • Permanent

Available Area

 

 

Regional Australia/low population growth metropolitan areas Postcodes inclusive
Australian Capital Territory
  • Entire Territory
New South Wales
(Excluding Sydney Newcastle and Wollongong)
  • 2250 to 2251 – Central Coast
  • 2256 to 2263 – Central Coast
  • 2311 to 2312
  • 2328 to 2411
  • 2415
  • 2420 to 2490
  • 2536 to 2551
  • 2575 to 2594
  • 2618 to 2739
  • 2787 to 2899
Norfolk Island
  • Entire Territory
Northern Territory
  • Entire Territory
Queensland
(Excluding the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast)
  • 4124 to 4125
  • 4133
  • 4211
  • 4270 to 4272
  • 4275
  • 4280
  • 4285
  • 4287
  • 4307 to 4499
  • 4515
  • 4517 to 4519
  • 4522 to 4899
South Australia
  • Entire State
Tasmania
  • Entire State
Victoria
(Excluding Melbourne Metropolitan Area)
  • 3211 to 3334
  • 3340 to 3424
  • 3430 to 3649
  • 3658 to 3749
  • 3753,
  • 3756
  • 3758
  • 3762
  • 3764
  • 3778 to 3781
  • 3783
  • 3797
  • 3799
  • 3816 to 3909
  • 3921 to 3925
  • 3945 to 3974
  • 3979
  • 3981 to 3996
Western Australia
(Excluding Perth and surrounding area)
  • 6041 to 6044
  • 6083 to 6084
  • 6121 to 6126
  • 6200 to 6799
Visa Fee
Visa subclass Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme
(Subclass 187)
Base application charge $3,755
Non-internet application charge  N/A
 Additional applicant
18 and over
 $1,875
Additional applicant under 18 $940

*Terms and Condition Apply.