Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa)
For this stream of the visa, you must be sponsored to work in an occupation listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
Your visa will come with conditions attached to it. Please see your conditions in your visa grant letter or use VEVO.
In 2018-2019 financial year:
Main Applicant: AUD2,645
Each dependant 18 years and over: AUD2,645
Each dependant under 18 years old: AUD660
There will be other costs for English language tests, health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
Please note that the visa application fees will increase on 1 July every year. Please use the Visa pricing estimator to find out the cost for visa application fees.
This is a temporary visa. You can stay in Australia for up to a maximum period of 4 year. If your employer nominates you for 2 or 3 years, you can stay only for that period.
If your visa is expiring and you want to stay in Australia to work for your existing employer:
Your employer may be able to sponsor you for permanent residence through the:
You might be eligible for other skilled work visas. Use the department of Home Affairs visa finder to find out options for work.
You can include other family members (called ‘secondary applicants’) in your visa application. The family members you can add will depend on whether you currently hold a subclass 457 or TSS visa.
If you have not previously held a subclass 457 or TSS visa, the secondary applicants you can include in your visa application are those who are members of the family unit.
If you currently hold a subclass 457 or TSS visa and you are applying for a subsequent subclass TSS visa, the secondary applicants who can be included in your application are:
To be granted the visa, secondary applicants must be included in the main applicant’s nomination, or provide written evidence that the sponsor who nominated the main applicant agrees that the secondary applicant can be a secondary sponsored person.
You can’t add family members to your visa application after it has been submitted.
If you have submitted your visa application and it is being processed by the Department, family members that were not included in your visa application can lodge a subsequent entrant application.
Alternatively, if the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs have granted you a visa, family members may apply to join you in Australia later as a subsequent entrant.
You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs decide on your application, but not in immigration clearance.
If you are applying in Australia, you must hold:
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs might ask for more information. It is your responsibility to ensure all relevant supporting/evidentiary documentation is attached to your Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa) application.
You and your family must meet all visa conditions and obey Australian laws.
You must begin your employment within 90 days of:
You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa) visa is valid.
The time you spend outside Australia does not extend the visa.
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.
If they grant you a visa, you will receive a visa grant notification letter containing the visa grant number. You can use this number to check your visa details and conditions through VEVO.
Conditions attached to this Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream visa include that you work in Australia only in the occupation you were nominated for and only for your nominating business or in some circumstances, an associated entity of the business.
Your family can also live, study and work in Australia.
There is no age requirement for this visa.
Appropriate visa to apply for Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa)
If you are applying in Australia, you must hold:
Have complied with previous visa conditions
If you are in Australia at the time of decision, you must have substantially complied with any conditions that apply or applied to your last substantive visa or bridging visa held.
Be 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 will only be able to do this if they are an approved sponsor or have at least lodged an application to become a Standard business sponsor.
Your employer must have nominated you to fill an occupation specified on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
Australian business sponsor
You must be employed:
Overseas business sponsor
You must be employed:
You might be exempt from this criterion if you have a certain occupation.
Have relevant skills, qualifications and employment background to perform occupation
If you are the primary visa applicant, you must demonstrate that you have the skills and experience necessary to perform the nominated occupation.
Some applicants must undertake a skills assessment to demonstrate this – see Have a positive skills assessment below.
If it is not mandatory for you to undertake a skills assessment, you are still required to provide other evidence to demonstrate that you meet these requirements.
If the nominated occupation is a medical practitioner, you must have your qualifications recognised by the relevant authority in Australia for the registration of medical practitioners as entitling you to practise as a medical practitioner.
Have worked in your nominated occupation or a related field for at least 2 years
You must have at least 2 years relevant work experience in the nominated occupation or a related field.
Such work experience must be completed while working in the nominated occupation or performing tasks at the same skill level in a related field.
Work experience gained in a related field would involve tasks which are the same or closely related to those of the nominated position you intend to work as outlined in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).
Generally, you should have gained your experience on a full-time basis within the last 5 years. The period does not need to be continuous. The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs might consider equivalent part-time work. The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs do not consider casual work.
Other ways you may be able to demonstrate your work experience could include where you have gained your experience:
If the formal arrangement as specified above was:
Some primary TSS visa applicants must undergo a mandatory skills assessment as part of the visa application process. Applicants who fit into this category and the type of assessment required are outlined in the IMMI 18/039: Mandatory Skills Assessment—Subclass 482 Visa. Depending on your nominated occupation, this will be a skills assessment by Trades Recognition Australia or VETASSESS.
Important: where a mandatory skills assessment is required, it must be commenced before submitting your visa application or your application will not be valid and will not be processed. As a result, you will be asked to provide a relevant skills assessment reference number when completing your application form.
The mandatory skills assessment must have been undertaken or commenced within the 3 year period ending immediately before the day the TSS visa application is made.
You are encouraged to complete the skills assessment process before submitting your visa application to reduce processing delays.
Exemption to a mandatory skills assessment
You might be eligible to claim an exemption. Relevant exemptions are recorded under Part 2, section 7 of the IMMI 18/039: Mandatory Skills Assessment—Subclass 482 Visa.
Primary and secondary visa applicants are personally liable for healthcare costs while in Australia. Health insurance helps limit your financial liability.
You must maintain adequate health cover for the whole of your intended period of stay if you are granted this visa. Your insurance should cover you for medically necessary treatment, including transport. It will be a condition of the visa that you maintain adequate health insurance while you remain in Australia.
See a guide to what the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs consider adequate health insurance.
Learn more about health insurance for overseas visitors.
Reciprocal healthcare agreements
Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from the Department of Human Services about reciprocal healthcare agreements.
You and any secondary applicants who apply for a TSS visa must meet the health requirement. The results of health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.
Important: You should organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application to reduce processing times.
You and family members aged 16 years and over who apply for the visa with you must meet The department of Home Affairs character requirement.
Important: if you are sponsored by an accredited sponsor, you are not required to obtain police certificates from countries other than Australia provided you attach a reference from your accredited sponsor confirming that you are of good character and that you have not been convicted of any criminal offences. You must still, however, provide any required Australian police clearances where applicable or when requested to do so.
Have not contravened ‘paying for visa sponsorship’ legislative provisions
Paying for visa sponsorship refers to asking for, offering, receiving or providing a benefit in return for a sponsorship related event, whether the event occurs or not. You or any secondary applicants must not have, in the past 3 years, engaged in any such conduct. You may still satisfy this criterion if you have engaged in such conduct, and the Minister considers it reasonable to disregard it.
Have this level of English language
Primary visa applicants must meet certain minimum standards of English language proficiency, unless exemptions apply.
Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.
Have no debt to the Australian government
If you or any family members (including those who don’t apply for the visa with you) owe the Australian government money, you or they must have paid it back or arranged to pay it back.
If you and any secondary applicants are 18 years of age or older, you must confirm that you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws when you agree to or sign an Australian Values Statement.