482 Visa Medium-term Stream

482 Visa Medium-term Stream

Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa)

What can I do with Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa)?

  • You can work in Australia for your sponsor for up to 4 years
  • study
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid
  • apply for permanent residence if you are eligible

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.

What is the Cost for Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa)?

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.

 

How long I can stay with Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa)?

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.

Stay longer

If your visa is expiring and you want to stay in Australia to work for your existing employer:

  • your employer will need to submit a new nomination
  • you must apply for a new visa.

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.

Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa): Include family

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.

You have not previously held 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.

You currently hold a subclass 457 or TSS visa

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:

  • one of the members of the family unit, or
  • a person who currently holds a subclass 457 or TSS visa that was granted on the basis that they were a member of the family unit at the time, and is currently one of the following:
    • your spouse or de facto partner
    • your or your spouse’s or de facto partner’s child or step-child who is not engaged, married or in a de facto relationship, and is:
      • younger than 23
      • aged 23 or older and fully or mostly reliant on you or your partner because they cannot work, due to a partial or total physical or mental disability
      • is a dependent child of your or your spouse or de facto partner’s child or step-child

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.

Secondary applicants who apply for the visa must meet the health and character requirements.

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.

Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa): Apply from

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:

Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa): Processing times

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:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how quickly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements

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.

Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa): Your obligations

You and your family must meet all visa conditions and obey Australian laws.

You must begin your employment within 90 days of:

  • entering Australia, if you are outside Australia when you were granted the Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa) visa
  • the visa grant date, if you are in Australia when they granted the Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa) visa

See which visa conditions might be attached to this visa.

Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa): Travel

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.

Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa): Visa label

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.

Work

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.

Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa): Age

 

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).

Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa): Work for your nominating employer

Australian business sponsor

You must be employed:

  • in your nominated occupation and
  • in that business or an associated entity

Overseas business sponsor

You must be employed:

  • in your nominated occupation and
  • in that business only (not an associated entity)

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.

Medical Practitioners

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:

  • as part of a Masters and/or PhD – for relevant occupations, such as medical and research occupations
  • while studying through a formal arrangement such as a clinical or industry placement, internship or apprenticeship

If the formal arrangement as specified above was:

  • part of a CRICOS registered course, the study must have been relevant to the nominated occupation. For example, medical practitioners could count experience gained through internships or their final year of medical training, including periods of clinical placements.
  • not part of a CRICOS registered course, the study must have been undertaken at the skill level of the relevant occupation

Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa): Have a positive skills assessment

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.

Note:

  • The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs can request a skills assessment as part of the visa application process even where it is not mandatory. They will request it in writing.
  • a relevant skills assessment is different to being registered with an appropriate regulatory body

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.  

Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa): Have health insurance

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.

Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa): Meet health requirement

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.

Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa): Meet character requirement

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.

Subclass 482 Visa Medium-term Stream (TSS Visa): Sign the Australian values statement

 

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.

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/temporary-skill-shortage-482/medium-term-stream#Overview