482 Visa Short-term Stream

482 Visa Short-term Stream TSS Visa

482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa:

With this visa, you can

  • work in Australia for up to 2 years for your sponsor or work in Australia for up to 4 years if an International Trade Obligation (ITO) applies
  • study (you will not be able to receive government assistance)
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid
  • Only if eligible, apply for permanent residence

For this stream of the visa, you must be sponsored to work in an occupation listed on the  Short term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

Cost: 482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa

AUD 1,265 for the main applicant and for each dependant 18 years and over.

AUD 320 for each dependant under 18 years old.

There will be other costs for English language tests, health checks, police clearance certificates and biometrics.

How long you can stay: 482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa

This is a temporary visa. You can stay in Australia for the period of time your employer nominates you for.  This will be:

  • up to 2 years in most cases
  • up to 4 years if an International Trade Obligation applies but the maximum length will depend on the actual ITO relevant to your circumstances

Broadly, an International Trade Obligation applies if:

  • you are an intra-corporate transferee:
  • you are a citizen/national of China and an intra-corporate transferee, an independent executive or contractual service supplier, or
  • you are an intra-corporate transferee from a Singapore based company and a Singapore citizen/permanent resident, or
  • you are an intra-corporate transferee from a Thailand based company and a Thai citizen/national, or
  • your Thailand based business wants to start a business in Australia:
  • you are a contractual service supplier and you are a Thai citizen/national

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.

482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa: Include other family members

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 department of Home Affairs 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.

482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa: Apply from

Usually, you can be in or outside Australia when you apply for this visa, but not in immigration clearance.

However, you must be outside Australia if all the following apply:

  • you have held more than one TSS visa in the Short-term stream
  • you hold a TSS visa in the Short-term stream and you were in Australia when you applied for that visa
  • applying outside Australia is not inconsistent with an ITO

If you are applying in Australia, you must hold:

482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa: Processing time

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

482 Visa Short-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 the visa was granted
  • the visa grant date, if you are in Australia when the visa was granted

See which visa conditions might be attached to this visa.

482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa: Travel

You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

The time you spend outside Australia does not extend the visa.

482 Visa Short-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.

The Department of Home Affairs will send you a grant notification letter containing the visa grant number. You can use this number to check your visa details and conditions through VEVO.

482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa: Work

Conditions attached to this 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.

482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa: Age

There is no age requirement for this visa.

Be the holder of an appropriate 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 submit a nomination application for you. They will only be able to do this if they are an approved sponsor or have at least submitted an application to become a Standard business sponsor.

Your employer must have nominated you to fill an occupation specified on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

482 Visa Short-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.

482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa: 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.

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. – see Skills and occupation documents under Step by Step tab.

482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa: 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.

482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa: 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. They 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

482 Visa Short-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 where this is the case
  • a relevant skills assessment is different to being registered with an appropriate regulatory body

482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa: 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.  

482 Visa Short-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 agreement

482 Visa Short-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.

482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa: Meetcharacter requirement

You and family members aged 16 years and over who apply for the visa with you must meetcharacter 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.

Be a genuine applicant for entry and stay as a short term visa holder

You must be a genuine applicant for entry and stay in Australia as a short term visa holder and have a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily and to comply with visa conditions attached to your visa– that is, you must be a ‘genuine temporary entrant (GTE)’.

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.

482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa: 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.

482 Visa Short-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.

482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa: Step 1

Before you apply

Things you will need to arrange before you apply could include obtaining a skills assessment, an English proficiency exam or undertaking a health assessment. You might also want to get help with your application.

Be nominated by your prospective employer

Ensure your prospective employer has or will nominate you for a nominated position in their business.

You will need the Transaction Reference Number (TRN) for the nomination application that your employer has lodged on your behalf when you submit your TSS visa application online at step 3. You can request this information from your employer if you do not have this number.

Check your passport

You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa.

If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, update your passport details using ImmiAccount.

Get your skills assessed

For some occupations and classes of applicants, it is mandatory to obtain a skills assessment, or have organised to obtain one at the time you apply for your TSS visa.

Check if you need to get a  skills assessment for your occupation.

If you are required to undertake a mandatory skills assessment the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs prefer that the assessment is completed before you apply for the visa. However, you can apply once you have the skills assessment reference number. You will need to record the skills assessment reference number in your TSS visa application when submitting your online application. It cannot be submitted after you submit your application.

Organise English exams

If you need to show you meet the minimum standards of English language proficiency, organise to take your English language tests. English language test results cannot be more than 3 years old.

Organise health exams

You will need to have health examinations. You can complete them before you apply or you can wait until the Department of Home Affairs tells you to complete them.

Find out the examinations you need and how to arrange them before you apply.

Getting help with your application

You don’t have to use a migration agent to apply for any visa. But if you want to, see how to find a registered migration agent.

Anyone can help you fill out forms or give you general help with your application. But you must letThe department of Home Affairs know if you want someone to:

 

482 Visa Short-term Stream: TSS Visa: Step 2

Gather your documents

Documents you may have to provide could include documents for your identity, character, skills, work experience, health and English language skills.

Provide accurate information

Provide accurate information. See what happens if you can’t prove your identity or don’t provide true information.

Identity documents

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs need proof of your identity. If you can’t prove your identity:

  • The the Department of Home Affairs will refuse your visa application
  • The Department of Home Affairs might not grant you another visa for 10 years
  • The Department of Home Affairs might not grant any family members you listed on your application a visa for 10 years

Provide the pages of your current passport showing your photo, personal details, and passport issue and expiry dates.

Also provide proof of change of name, if this applies.

Documents that prove a change of name include:

  • a marriage or divorce certificate
  • change of name documents from an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, or the relevant overseas authority
  • documents that show other names you have been known by
  • deed poll certificate
  • statutory declaration if the differences are small

Skill and occupation documents

If it is mandatory for you to provide a skills assessment or proof that you have arranged to obtain one

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs won’t process your application if you don’t provide this.

  • For TSS skills assessment by Trades Recognition Australia, your application must include the relevant skills assessment reference number.
  • For the occupations of Project and Program Administrator or Specialist Manager not elsewhere classified you must include the relevant skills assessment reference number for your VETASSESS Skills Assessment.

If you are claiming an exemption from undertaking a mandatory skills assessment because of an exemption specified in the legislative instrument you must provide relevant evidence with your application.

If it is not mandatory for you to undertake a skills assessment

You are still required to provide other evidence to demonstrate that you have relevant skills, qualifications and employment background to undertake the nominated occupation.

This may include, but is not limited to:

  • a copy of relevant qualification certificates (professional and educational)
  • a copy of any required registration/licensing
  • previous employment reference
  • your curriculum vitae or resumé
  • previous employment references

Registration/licensing

Where relevant, you must provide evidence from the relevant Australian registration or licensing authority (in the state or territory in which you will be working) that you hold or will be able to meet necessary registration or licensing requirements. The information relating to registration or licensing required must specify the type of registration or licensing held and the name and contact details for the registering or licensing authority. Your approved sponsor should be able to provide you with the necessary licensing and registration information.

Registration for Medical Practitioners

You must provide:

  • written evidence that the relevant medical board has recognised your qualifications and that you have been registered or will be given medical registration.
  • health workforce certificate for General Practitioner, Resident Medical Officer and Medical Practitioner nec. To see how to obtain the certificate go to Visas for GPs initiative

Curriculum vitae (CV) / Resume
Curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé that you provide must include full employment and educational history, including dates and positions held, for at least the last 5 years.

Employment references
Employment references that you provide should cover a period sufficient to demonstrate relevant skill level. They must be on the letterhead of the employer and include:

  • the name, title and contact details of the referee
  • employment details your position
  • dates of service

English language proficiency documents

Provide proof that you meet the minimum standards of English language proficiency.

Health insurance

You will need to provide evidence of adequate health insurance for you and any secondary applicants for the duration of your stay in Australia.

Reciprocal healthcare agreements

Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from the Department of Human Services about reciprocal healthcare agreement.

Character documents

Provide an Australian police certificate if you have spent a total of 12 months or more in Australia in the last 10 years since you turned 16.

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs only accept complete disclosure National Police Certificates issued by the Australian Federal Police. The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs do not accept standard disclosure certificates or national police certificates issued by Australian state or territory police.

For immigration purposes, Australian police certificates are valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

Also provide:

  • an overseas police certificate from every country, including your home country, where you spent a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years since you turned 16.
  • military service records or discharge papers if you served in the armed forces of any country

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 you are of good character and you have not been convicted of any criminal offences.

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will tell you if you also need to complete and provide the following forms:

Partner documents

Provide:

  • identity documents
  • character documents
  • documents about other relationships, if applicable

Provide either:

  • your current marriage certificate or
  • enough documents to prove you are in a de facto relationship with your partner

Documents that prove your de facto relationship include:

  • joint bank account statements
  • billing accounts in joint names
  • joint leases or mortgages
  • documents that show you have lived at the same address as your partner

 

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