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TSS Visa is finally here!


Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

On Sunday 18 March 2018, the government has implemented the long-awaited Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS). As of this date, it is no longer possible to make an application for a subclass 457 visa. Whilst the TSS visa has retained some elements of its predecessor, there are some key differences which are summarised below:

Standard Business Sponsorship:

  • The standard business sponsorship facility will be valid for five years unless otherwise determined by the Minister

  • The business needs to be a lawfully operating business

  • There should be no relevant adverse information against the business

Training benchmarks A and B have been abolished therefore a business wishing to become a Standard Business Sponsor will no longer be required to evidence training as part of their application.

Existing businesses can use their existing sponsorship to sponsor TSS visa holders or gain accreditation. The benefits of accreditation include priority processing of applications as well as a less stringent requirement on the visa applicant to evidence character requirements.

TSS Nomination:

There are three streams available:

  1. Short Term Stream