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This visa enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker. You can stay for up to 2 years or up to 4 years if an International Trade Obligation (ITO) applies. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to 5 years.

This means that all TSS (subclass 482) visa holders, regardless of whether they are sponsored in an occupation on the Short-term (STSOL), Long-term (MLTSSL) or Regional Occupation List (ROL) will have a pathway to permanent residency.

Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)
The TSS Visa (Temporary Skill Shortage) Subclass 482 has replaced the Subclass 457 Visa. The TSS visa program assists Australian businesses who experience genuine skill shortages and cannot find Australian workers to fill vacant positions.

The Subclass 482 Visa (TSS) has 3 different streams
– Short-Term Stream – up to two years
– Medium-Term Stream – up to four years
– Labour Agreement Stream
TSS visa holders can:

  • live and work in Australia for up to four years
    study in Australia
  • include immediate family on their 482 visa
  • transition to permanent residency (if eligible)
  • 482 Visa General Eligibility
    You might be eligible to apply for the TSS Visa if you have an Australian employer who is willing to sponsor you and meet the following requirements:


TSS Visa applicants must be qualified or have sufficient experience in an occupation listed on the relevant skilled occupation list. There are three lists relevant to the 482 Visa.

Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL)
Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
Regional Occupation List (ROL)

You must be nominated by a Standard Business Sponsor or a business that has applied for a Standard Business Sponsorship. Your employer must also lodge a nomination application.


Applicants must have at least 2 years of work experience in the nominated occupation or another relevant role.

Applicants must gain this experience within the previous 5 years before applying. Part-time work may be considered. Casual work will not be considered.

Depending on the nominated occupation and the applicant’s country of origin, a skill assessment may be required before applying for the TSS visa. Some assessing authorities require more than 2 years of experience to complete the assessment.


Some primary TSS visa applicants must undergo a mandatory skills assessment to be eligible to apply for this visa. Find out if you need to complete a skill assessment here


There is no age limit for the TSS (Subclass 482) Visa


482 Temporary Visa holders must maintain adequate health insurance while in Australia. You can apply for health insurance online here.

Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Applicants from these countries may not need health insurance.

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